Professional Background

Mary Ann O’Neil…..a retired leadership consultant with over 30 years in the field of executive development.  Her work with Xerox, Texaco, ADP, First Data Corp, Royal Bank of Scotland and several entrepreneurial companies has won her a reputation for being a dynamic and inspirational speaker,  an insightful executive coach, and an engaging management trainer.  She has trained managers and executives in the US, Canada, Europe, and West Africa.

Earning a BA degree in psychology (Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY),an MA in Early Childhood Education (LIU), and a PhD in Leadership and Organizational Development (University of Phoenix), Mary Ann’s  professional career began when she started her own school, The O’Neil School for children pre-Kindergarten through third grade.  A Total Quality project with the Xerox Corporation took her to the corporate world. Moving from singing with toddlers on rug squares to training corporate executives was an easy transition she notes because “both have trouble getting along  with others.”

Passionate about leadership, Mary Ann completed her doctoral program in Leadership and Organizational Development in 2012. Her dissertation is about the underrepresentation of women executives in revenue driving positions in Major League Sports.  In February 2013, she published an article in the International Leadership Journal comparing transactional and transformational styles of leadership.

In 2013, Mary Ann began a new passion, teaching in the MBA program at the University of South Florida.  She taught Business Communication and Leading in the Sports and Entertainment Industry. She offered a PowerPlacement workshop for students ready to apply for a position in the SEM industry, introducing the students to the skills of writing a catchy cover letter and solid resume and offering them face-to-face mock interviews with executives in the industry.  Mary Ann is also working on a book for women in the “fourth quarter” of the game.    Mary Ann is occasionally called upon to coach women entrepreneurs helping them define their meaning of success and achieve it and recently was part of a doctoral defense committee at the University of Inter-American in Puerto Rico.

The term SUCCESSTROGEN was coined to note the personal level of success that women define for themselves and what they do to maintain it. The SUCCESSTROGEN blog is Mary Ann’s passion as she shares everyday observations and relates them to her ongoing pursuit of being at her personal best.


26 responses to “Professional Background

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    Warmest Regards,
    Dr. Maria ReGester

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    Kim Goodman – Former ADP Service Center Executive

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      Be well
      Mary Ann

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  14. Hello Mary Ann !! You continue to be an inspiration to me and every Woman trying to forge their own way down a path that both empowers and brings out our Daily Best ! I have followed your success, as well as Sean’s, since last our paths crossed and I wish you nothing but absolute and continued success in ALL you do ! You have had a tremendous impact on my career and I Thank You ! Well Played, Mary Ann, Well Played !!

    Lauren Roche
    Sr. Human Resource Professional

    • Oh my goodness…you have NO idea how important your message was to me this evening. Bless you! I have just moved from the beach to downtown Sarasota and find myself struggling…what do I do next? Do I teach at the university???? Do I try to make something of this blogging and publish???? oh what to do…..thank you for saying I have had an impact on your life, something I needed to hear to remind me how much making an impact drives me.

      Where are you…still in Atlanta???? I would love to catch up with you one of these days.

      Please be well!

      Mary Ann

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  17. Hi Mary Ann…While not a woman, I was thinking about you recently (warmly, I might add) and decided to look you up to see what you are doing. After reading through a lot of your website I can only nod and say that everything I see IS YOU. We worked together long ago (actually, I was the student, trying to soak up what you and Mike were teaching, while resisting it at the same time) and you impressed my like few in my life ever have. Let me take this moment to say “Thank You”. I walked away from our experiences together a different person, let’s just say I changed enough to want to change some more. Anyway, I’m glad that I found you well, thriving and vital.
    Your friend,
    Lou Torres

  18. OMG I remember you so well and you have NO idea how meaningful this message is to me this morning. Please know that I am always grateful to know that I helped someone somewhere look further within to find themselves and move towards their personal best.

    Mike is very ill and I am sorry to say declining rapidly. He has PD and dimentia and it is all very sad. Please say a prayer for him as the past 10 years have been difficult for him to accept as month over month he had to give up his freedom and mobility.

    I am so glad to hear from you one of my favorite Xerox associates.

    Continue to be well,and continue to search for your WHY.

    Mary Ann

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