Biography: Mary E. Boone

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Keynote PhotoMary Boone, founder of and president of Boone Associates is a leading authority on high performance collaboration and engagement.  Her passion for integrating ideas across disciplines has positioned her as a catalyst for transformation in the fields of IT, Communication, Marketing, and Meetings and Events. For over twenty-five years, she has helped organizations manage a wide range of organizational change efforts.

Mary's work -- as a keynote speaker, educator, thought leader and published author – has received widespread acclaim. Among those quoting from and praising Mary’s work are Tom Peters, The New York Times, National Public Radio, CNN, The Financial Times, Chief Executive Magazine, Investor’s Business Daily, CNBC, Information Week, CIO Magazine, and Industry Week. Mary’s client list paints a diverse canvas of public and private organizations – such as IBM,NASA, JPMorganChase, ConocoPhillips, AARP, the Arthur Page Society, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the United States Army.

bulb3Mary is a recognized Keynote Speaker and Educator. Successful Meetings Magazine has recommended Mary as one of 25 hot speakers and in the summer of 2009 featured her on the cover as a "strategic thinker."  Mary teaches Organizational Behavior for Northeastern University's MBA program and she has been a Guest Lecturer at Emory University School of Business, Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, The University of Texas School of Communication, Marist College's Integrated Marketing and Communication Program, and the National Defense University’s ICAF Program.

Mary is a highly praised thought leader. The Harvard Business Review article she co-authored with David Snowden entitled "A Leader's Framework for Decision Making" won the Emerald Citation Award in 2011 which is awarded to the top 50 articles from the top 300 management publications worldwide that have proven impact since their publication date, and in 2008, they won an Academy of Management award for the same article. She has written over 100 articles for a wide variety of general business and information systems publications, is a contributor to Successful Meetings Magazine, has served as a regular columnist for Sales and Marketing Management Magazine and hosted a regular segment on FMN, a video series for financial executives. Prior to founding Boone Associates, Mary was vice president of NDMA Inc., one of the foremost consultancies in the management of information technology departments. During this earlier part of her career, Mary was a contributing editor to two leading teleconferencing industry publications:  Business TV Magazine and TeleSpan.

bulb1Mary is an accomplished author: Her books include Managing Inter@ctively:  Executing Strategy, Improving Communication and Creating a Knowledge-Sharing Culture. (McGraw-Hill) and The Information Edge (co-authored with N. Dean Meyer, Dow Jones).   Another of her books, Leadership and the Computer (Prima Publishing), was selected as “required reading” for Congress by Newt Gingrich when he was Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.   

Mary’s degrees, a master’s from the University of Texas at Austin, and an undergraduate from Wake Forest University, are in communication theory.   She is a Senior Fellow and on the Steering Committee of the International Executive Forum at the Western Behavioral Sciences Institute in La Jolla, California and early in her career, she was a visiting scholar at the Institute for the Future (IFTF), a spinoff of the Rand Corporation.

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Mary's Work in the Media:

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