Mary Lee is becoming the most sought after mindful career coach in the executive leadership industry. She is an expert at helping busy executive leaders address their blind spot to be more connected, effective, noticed, promoted, and hired without exhausting themselves and their relationships on the treadmill to nowhere.
Mary Lee Gannon, ACC, CAE is an award winning International Coach Federation Certified Coach, leadership development expert, author and founder of MaryLeeGannon.com, a consulting and coaching firm that helps leaders position their 'Leadership Impact' to enthuse transformational change – the same change that took her from welfare to CEO of organizations worth up to $26 million. She helps busy leaders get off the treadmill to nowhere with mindful confidence, connection and calm so they can be more effective, happier and have better relationships 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 of Pittsburgh Coaches Association. 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.
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“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.”
“Mary Lee’s method of coaching came to me at a time of critical career decision making. Her process enabled me to step off the seemingly never-ending treadmill of work and home responsibilities and enabled me to take pause, look at myself in a way I never have before.
I’m now able to use her training on a daily basis at both work and home to have that balance restored and allow every day challenges to come to me in an orderly and expected way, without the stress these events cause.
No matter what your career or position, I highly recommend you engage with Mary Lee and give yourself the gift of power over your thoughts, reactions, relationships and centered peace of heart and mind.”
President and CEO
The EMJ Group
“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
Network Deployment Lead
“Mary Lee's program is truly effective. Working with Mary Lee, I was able to identify blind spots and roadblocks that were otherwise not visible to me.
After working with Mary Lee, I have experienced a greater self-awareness and improved self-regulation, and built a larger professional network. These skills are now part of my toolbox and I have used them in some of the most challenging professional situations.
I recommend Mary Lee's program to any leader looking to acquire real, tangible skills to drive them forward.”
Kelly Singh, CML
Director Finance at USAA
“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.”
Director of Business Development
Mosaic Wealth Consulting
"Working with Mary Lee has been inspiring, energizing and delightful. She possesses a wealth of wisdom to help leaders reach their full potential.
Her Corner Office Impact Leadership Program has been beneficial in so many ways but the greatest takeaway for me was helping to further develop my emotional intelligence skills which has produced fantastic results. I now have the ability to communicate more effectively, coach my team in such a way that inspires them to perform at their best and has assisted with building trust. I would highly recommend her program!
Recently, when I met my boss for a project we were working on she told me that this has been a breakthrough year for me, and I have achieved “executive presence!” Amen! Mary Lee, Thank you for all your wisdom, guidance and support!"
Director of Human Resources
"For months, I had followed Mary Lee's posts and sound advice through LinkedIn. As a mid-level sales and marketing professional with an MBA, I found myself in a place of confusion and a clouded vision of where I was in my career, where it was that I desired to be and how in the world to get there. After an initial consultation with Mary Lee, I knew that she had the skill set, experience and know how to help me untangle the confusion. Upon completing the executive coaching program with Mary Lee, the fog has cleared, I know exactly where I am in my career and the next steps that need to occur. Thank you Mary Lee for setting me straight on the path to success, personally and professionally! I would encourage any level professional who is searching for ways to improve to contact Mary Lee Gannon, you will be glad you did!"
Kristy DiGiacomo, MBA
“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.”
President and CEO
"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."
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!”
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
"What I learned from Mary Lee is that I don’t need to feel overwhelmed by my story. I’ve also learned some skills to help myself grow and become a better more confident version of myself. Coaching with Mary Lee helped me realize that there is no need for me to feel ashamed/guilt in my past. It is up to me to own it. I don’t need to feel the need to share my story with everyone, but I don’t need to completely envelop myself in it. I can share whenever I am ready.
I’ve slowly begun to figure out who I am and where I want to be. I felt like previously I held a lot of things in too, but I’ve begun to journal a lot more. Also, I’m learning to speak with more confidence. I still need to make progress in this area. I commit to more actively journaling and watching my diction as I speak, i.e. more actively replacing my ‘sorrys’ for ‘excuse me’ and speaking with more confidence. Also, instead of shying away from opportunities, I will put myself out there more often and go about making more friends.
Overall, I just want to build my brand. I think Mary Lee was a great coach. Her coaching provided just the right amount of encouragement as well as advice as to how to improve. I didn’t feel as if she tiptoed around anything. I think the only limiting factor was really amount of time for coaching. This was a very new experience for me, thank you!"
Pittsburgh Promise Graduate
Full Scholarship Recipient
University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering
“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 a major hospital foundation – a $24 million organization – as well as launching MaryLeeGannon.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."
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, Levy, University of Pittsburgh, Dick’s Sporting Goods, SAP, Channellock Tools, Pittsburgh Promise, 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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