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.