About the Author

Mary Lee Gannon went from welfare to CEO and now is the president of StartingOverNow.com – Creating Productivity Solutions for People and Organizations in Transition. Mary Lee is a graduate of the Duquesne Univeristy Professional Coaching Program and an alumnus of the 2010 Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital Coaching in Medicine and Leadership Conference. Her personal turnaround came as a stay-at-home mother, with four children under seven-years-old, who endured a divorce that took she and the children from the country club life to public assistance from where within a short time she worked to the level of CEO. Her book “Starting Over – 25 Rules for When You’ve Bottomed Out” is available in bookstores and from online booksellers. Get her FREE ebook – “Grow Productivity – A Leader’s Toolbox” on her web site at www.StartingOverNow.com.

Areas of specialty include:
Life, Organization and Career Transition
Startegic Direction
Time Management
Relationship Shift

Services include:
Meeting Facilitation
Management Consulting

Healthcare Consulting: Mary Lee has served as president and CEO of hospital foundations at three hospitals. She has served the for-profit and non-profit side of healthcare and other
businesses since she began her career in the Houston Medical Center. As a manager within the Ophthalmology Department of Hermann Hospital she began to understand very early the dynamics of a hospital, its professionals, its patients and their families, its administrators and its vendors.

Communications, Public Relations and Image: Later working as a journalist for major metropolitan newspapers who covered healthcare and other business, she analyzed opposing sides of issues as they related to the needs of consumers and stakeholders. Mary Lee has served as the public relations director for organizations that include medical services and device companies, service companies, medical offices, school districts, professional associations, and more, scripting executives on key issues and securing media attention. As an experienced CEO and a former model, Mary Lee advises on the style and image that a “C” level executive needs in order to be effective.

Sales: As a Sandler trained sales professional selling to companies in the healthcare and other sectors she created solutions that increased business and overcame obstacles.

Association Management: Moving on to become the executive director of a trade association and earning the distinction of Certified Association Executive (CAE) she learned to build consensus and advance mission in order to increase trade show attendance by 150% and membership by 40%. She is the past president of the Pittsburgh Society of Association Executives.

Leadership and Board Development: Mary Lee has led many teams, fundraising campaigns, programs and boards of directors both in a professional capacity and in a volunteer leadership role. She is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh XV and sits on many boards of directors.

Personal Turnaround: Mary Lee’s personal turnaround was as a stay-at-home mother, with four children under seven-years-old, who endured a divorce that took she and the children from the country club life to public assistance from where within a short time she worked out of that to the level of CEO.

Non-Profit Management: Mary Lee has served in the roles of president, executive director and president and CEO of non-profit organizations with assets of up to $26 million and actively serves on the boards of directors of several non-profit organizations.

Strategic Direction/Meeting Facilitation/Consensus Building: Throughout her career in her roles as CEO and president of other boards of directors Mary Lee has facilitated hundreds of
meetings, retreats and planning sessions. She has built consensus among staff and volunteers and created and executed strategic plans that have advanced organizations.

Operational Excellence – A Culture of Rapid Change: Mary Lee has created programs from scratch and turned around programs that were floundering. Utilizing operational excellence strategies, identifying key metrics and building a team around those metrics has enabled her to create cultures for rapid change. This along with her years of executive leadership experience working with large organizations in healthcare and other industries are what she specifically brings to her coaching. She helps executives and leaders create accountability tools that result in a measurable difference in their own lives and the lives of those they lead.

Mary Lee Gannon is a cultural turnaround and leadership expert who went from being a stay-at-home mother with four children living in an unpalatable marriage behind the facade of a country club life to the reality of divorce, homelessness, and welfare. As a national guest speaker she demonstrates turn-around strategies that transform corporate cultures and took her from an earning capacity of $27,000 to the president and CEO of a hospital foundation. Her book “Starting Over – 25 Rules When You’ve Bottomed Out” is available in bookstores and on Amazon.com. Visit her Web site for a free e-book at www.StartingOverNow.com. Sign up for her free e-newsletter at info@startingovernow.com.

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