Mary Lee Gannon, ACC, CAE is an award winning certified coach, leadership development expert, author and founder of MaryLeeGannon.com, a consulting and coahing firm that helps leaders position their 'Leadership Impact' to enthuse transformational change – the same change that took her from welfare to CEO of a $24 million organization. She helps busy leaders get off the treadmill to nowhere with mindful confidence connection and calm so they can have a higher six figure income and more time with the people who matter while it still matters.

18-Year CEO and ICF Certified Coach: Mary Lee has a unique perspective with 18 years as a CEO and is currently the president of a $24 million organization within a 80,000 employee organization in Pittsburgh and coaches executive leaders to high performance and happiness. She is an International Coach Federation Certified Coach, a Certified Professional Coach by Duquesne University, a Certified Association Executive, an alumnus of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Practices Program and the Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital Coaching in Medicine & Leadership Conference, a scholarship recipient of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute at Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership created at Google, and a member with regular attendance in Pittsburgh Coaches Association programs. She is the author or two books: Reinvent You – From Welfare to CEO and Starting Over.

Personal Turnaround: Mary Lee’s personal turnaround came as a stay-at-home mother with four children under seven-years-old who endured a divorce that took her and her children from the country club life to public assistance from where she re-invented her life to support her family.

Awards/Recognition: Mary Lee is the recipient of the Honorary Woman if Courage Award by Pennsylvania Women Work, The Lifetime Achievement Award by Pittsburgh Society of Association Executives, The Women of Integrity Award by Pittsburgh Professional Women, The Leading Lady Award by Oakland Catholic and WHIRL Magazine's Women in Business. Mary Lee is the "Mindful Leadership" columnist for Smart Business Magazine and is a former reporter for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She’s been featured in Money Magazine, ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, Yahoo.com, U.S. News and World Report, msn.com, Forbes.com, CareerBuilder.com and Monster.com. 


“Anyone who participates in Mary Lee’s program will find they can take their leadership to another level. Mary Lee helped me get to the root values of who I am and made me cognizant of how to utilize those values in my professional life. Utilizing Mary Lee’s program, I was able to successfully change careers and am happy professionally for the first time in my life. Additionally, those who are seeking “Emotional Intelligence” need to look no further. You will obtain the techniques necessary to have a high level of emotional intelligence working through Mary Lee’s program. I recommend her program to anyone who is seeking advancement, fulfillment, or a fresh start in their life or career.”

Adam Sellers
Operations Manager
PNC Bank


“Before working with Mary Lee, I was completely stuck and unhappy. I felt like things were never going to change and I was unsure how to make things different. I also wasn't sure I was good enough to make a change and do something different. Luckily after working with Mary Lee for a few months, I regained a sense of self-worth, figured out what career path would make me happiest and determined a way to get me to my next step. A month ago I accepted a senior consulting position with a major international enterprise software player. I went from being unhappy and stuck in a specialized industry to working for a well-respected company in a position with limitless possibilities. This is the happiest I have been in years and I owe it all to Mary Lee. If you are in a similar position and are unsure how to make a change, consider working with Mary Lee. Not only is she extremely experienced and knowledgeable, but she truly cares and wants to see her clients succeed.”

Nancy Cardone Raia
Senior Consultant,
Network Deployment Lead
SAP Ariba


“I highly recommend Mary Lee for anyone who is interested in taking their leadership to the next level – regardless of current responsibilities or title. What I found most impactful was not only how to become more self-aware but how it correlates with the ability to lead. Mary Lee’s genuine nature and commitment to results - combined with her ability to communicate a wealth of knowledge and resources in a concise and personal way, leads to a powerful and life-changing experience.”

Caleb Crousey
Development Officer
The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County



“Mary Lee is able to go 30 thousand feet in the air and look down at a situation to correctly and properly ascertain what is really going on and make the most thorough and thoughtful recommendation(s) for her clients. I would highly recommend Mary Lee in any professional capacity. She is an asset and strength to any team or individuals who may hire her.”

Yvonne Davis, President and CEO, DAVIS Communications, Windsor, Connecticut


"Mary Lee facilitated a strategic visioning session for our agency’s Board of Directors. This was one of the most engaging board meetings that I have had in my 25 years of nonprofit management experience."

Linda Doman, Executive Director, Eastern Area Adult Services, Pittsburgh


“Mary Lee Gannon has developed a well-earned reputation as an exceptional Servant Leader. Her vast (and highly successful) senior level experience, strong interpersonal skills, tireless work ethic and overall commitment to excellence have provided her with the skills to offer powerful, results-oriented coaching and consulting. Highly recommended!”

Michael Kumer, Principal, Boards MTO, Former Executive Director, Nonprofit Leadership Institute, Duquesne University


“Mary Lee's coaching is heartfelt, engaging and effective. Here is what has changed in my career, business and personal life since I began working with her: · I have strengthened my leadership skills and continue to be recognized as an effective leader to my team and collaborative areas. · I’ve proposed changes that would have never happened otherwise. · I am able to quickly shift my mindset when my negative thoughts get the best of me. · I am able to succinctly describe what my team does and why it is important. · I more confidently participate in large group discussions. · I have learned how to practice gratitude. · I have learned the effectiveness of practicing mindfulness and how powerful just practicing it for 10 minutes a day can be on a daily basis. It refreshes your mind and reboots it. · I have been able to self-reflect and realize how truly accomplished I am both personally and professionally. · I have gotten the confidence back to revisit owning my own small business. · I have put together a solid roadmap for the year and I am off to a great start.”

Maria S. Allshouse, CFT, SFN, ISSA Manager
Marketing Campaigns
Dick’s Sporting Goods


“Here is what has changed in my career, business and life since I started working with Mary Lee: - I can better articulate what my business is- my “brand”- what makes my business stand out and why. - I have been enjoying my work so much more because she has helped me identify where my passions and interests lie. I have given some real thought to what my ideal day looks like, and she has helped me figure out how to create it. - I have been taking better care of myself- getting enough rest, spending quality time with people I love- balancing it out by good work habits- paying attention to what my priorities are. - I have let go of some fear- I am ok with having conversations about topics where I’m not sure of the answer. Mary Lee asks me questions that make me think about everything a little differently. I trust that I can work through problems and ask help when I need it. - Mary Lee has really helped me to clarify what my true objective is. - My business has grown, and I am generally happier in all areas!”

Anita Buzzy Prentiss
Founder, Buzzy Beauty and Buzzy Photo


"I met Mary Lee Gannon several years ago when I began chairing large events for a major organization. Mary Lee was an executive board member and immediately struck me as a competent, confident, caring woman who was above all of the drama. If ever an issue would arise everyone would naturally look to Mary Lee for her opinion. She could immediately command the attention of the room, encourage the women to think clearly about the issues, and work towards an intelligent solution. She continues to be highly respected by everyone in the organization. In 2013 Mary Lee was one of the most effective presidents the organization ever had. She began her year by hosting a Board Retreat so that we knew the qualities of an effective Board and the significance of our role within the organization. She brought us out of the stone ages with regard to technology and she coordinated a complete upgrade of the website. If ever a hostile discussion would arise, I would watch in awe as she would allow for all sides of an argument to be heard, defuse the conflict, and then focus on assessing the pros and cons of the situation to make an educated decision. Her calming voice and respect for all opinions made everyone feel as if they had been heard. I later found out about Mary Lee’s past as a stay at home mom with 4 children who went through a divorce and ended up on public assistance. She had to re-invent herself to support her family. I heard about her struggle to climb the ladder of success to become the president of St. Margaret Foundation – a $24 million organization – as well as launching StartingOverNow.com to pass along her knowledge to help people trust their abilities and exceed their own expectations. It is her mission to help people thrive. The fact that she overcame such hardship, and the fact that she is now helping others, caused me to respect her even more. In 2015 when I was president of this organization I could not have made it through the tough year if it were not for Mary Lee. I felt a sense of security having her as my coach – my sounding board for problems and to gently nudge me in the right direction. She taught me how to let go of my anger at those who were working against me and to move on in a productive manner to be an effective leader. She taught me to let go of the bad things, to establish and work towards my goals, and to have some fun in the process. I found her humor to be the highlight of every bad day. I consider myself to be very lucky to have had Mary Lee as my personal coach – on my side at this very hard time. If I had Mary Lee Gannon as my life coach every day of my life I could probably be president of the United States."

Roseanne R. Wholey
President Roseanne R. Wholey and Associates Physician Coding/Billing/Collection


"Mary Lee Gannon inspired our board to look at our services in very different ways than we were used to. She guided us through challenging exercises to help us understand what the outside view of our organization was (what the general community may think we do) and how to begin the necessary steps to either confirm that image or to change the views not in line with our goals, vision and Mission. Mary Lee left us with challenging homework, a defined plan stating who is responsible for each area or goal and an excitement to go beyond our current boundaries – real or imagined."

Paul Lukach
Executive Director
Crime Victim Center of Erie County, Pennsylvania



In addition to her private consulting practice, Mary Lee’s has done corporate work for corporations and individuals from: Merrill Lynch, PNC, UPMC, University of Pittsburgh, Dick’s Sporting Goods, SAP, Channellock Tools, The United Way, RiseSmart, Sabra, Easter Area Adult Services, Bravo Group, The Ellis School, Crime Victim Center of Erie County, Pittsburgh Professional Women, The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County, Franklin Templeton Investments, Nuage Networks, Cedar Gate Technologies, Bedford County Chamber of Commerce, Volunteer Administrators of Southwestern PA, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.  

Why Leadership Impact Direction from Mary Lee? Because you and your team may not hear the right message from their constituents, address what's at the heart of their needs or execute effectively when they are on autopilot. Complacency is where innovation takes a back seat to routine, where listening is not hearing, where discomfort spurs retreat to the safe zone versus a breakthrough to reinvention. Mary Lee’s mission is to wake you and your team up from autopilot so you can notice the formative moment, ask the mindful questions, demonstrate empathy and position your unique Leadership Signature to transform the world instead of just flying around it.

 What are the bottom line takeaways from a presentation or coaching by Mary Lee?

   1. First you will wake up from autopilot to eliminate the head trash that holds you back from your leadership impact.

   2. Secondly, she will show you how to be more confident and establish the presence necessary to influence decisions.

   3. Third, she will walk you through the action steps for a clear line-of-sight with self-awareness and in particular how to position your unique value to enthuse a movement.

   4. And ultimately you and your colleagues will generate your own Leadership Influence Signature to knock on the door of success and step inside instead of waiting on the front porch for an invitation.

Community Service: Mary Lee’s leadership and dedication to volunteer service is evidenced by her tenure on dozens of non-profit board of directors, specifically in the role of past president of Rotary Club of Fox Chapel Area, past president of Pittsburgh Society of Association Executives, past president of St. Lucy’s Auxiliary to the Blind, 2010 Chairperson of The Medallion Ball, and chairperson of the Development Committee for Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania. She has served as a trustee on the boards of Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council, Eastern Area Adult Services, Women’s Auxiliary of the American Cancer Society, St. Margaret Foundation, and Community Organized Representatives for Education under the Association of Retarded Citizens, and Community Swim Club. She has volunteered for POWER, Dress for Success, Society of Children’s Book Writers, editor of her church newsletter and as a Girl Scout Leader for several Brownie, Junior and Cadette troops. Additionally she has provided pro-bono consulting for HEARTH, New Choices/New Options, Pennsylvania Women Work, Dress for Success, Urban League of Pittsburgh, Employment Advancement Retention Network, Girls Scouts of Western PA, Workquest, One Vision One Life, McKeesport Employment and Training Network.

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