Mary Ann is responsible for leveraging 40-plus years of expertise and ongoing research to help clients cultivate motivated employees who focus their unique talents on what matters most to the business. She works with senior executives and managers to turn survey insights into tangible actions and develops tools for employees, leaders at all levels, and HR professionals to address employee engagement, career development, and performance management.
She is co-author of The Engagement Equation: Leadership Strategies for an Inspired Workforce (Wiley, 2012). Her research reports include Employee Engagement: A Practical Approach for Individuals, Managers and Executives, Coaching Conundrum, Innovate on the Run: The Competing Demands of Modern Leadership, and State of the Career. She has consulted with clients large and small across a wide range of industries and countries.
Mary Ann is an engaging speaker, blending humor, research findings, and pragmatic insights. She has presented on values-driven cultures, employee engagement, career development, coaching, and performance management at annual conferences held by SHRM and ISPI, regional HR association events, and webinars offered by HCI, hr.com, and HR Executive. Her articles have appeared in Leadership Excellence, WorkSpan, Journal of Organizational Excellence, and Voice of HR. Her expertise has been featured in media like TalentTalk Radio, HR Executive, HR News, The Cranky Middle Manager, and NEHRA’s Ask the Expert.
Mary Ann joined BlessingWhite in 2000 to establish senior executive consulting and leadership development processes, went on to lead a successful revision of the firm’s flagship solution Managing Professional Growth (MPG), and most recently created learning and support tools for employee engagement. She has worked in a variety of roles in the HR training and consulting industry, including stints at DBM and Learning International/AchieveGlobal. She received a B.A. from Wesleyan University.
Her commitment to meaningful lives and meaningful work extends beyond her day job. She is a founding member of the nOURish Bridgeport, volunteering for a hunger outreach program that serves nearly 10,000 meals a year. She was a long-term board member for WISE Services, a nonprofit that helps high schools establish experiential senior-year learning projects. She lives in Fairfield, CT.