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Don Tapscott, Author, Speaker, and Advisor on Media, Technology and Innovation

don-author-crop“I’ve known Mary for over 25 years. During that time, I’ve seen her consistently manage to be at the forefront of management thinking on communication and collaboration. Her work is original, thought-provoking and substantial, and her speaking and consulting inspire people to change the way they work.”

David Adler, CEO and Founder, BizBash Media

DavidAdler headshot“Mary Boone is on a mission to revolutionize the meeting industry through the forward thinking use of "Meeting Design" to transform a gathering of people into a catalyst for positive change.

She understands the importance of collaboration and thinks of meetings as one of the best ways to go beyond lip service to really solving problems. Every day, I see more CEOs embracing her as the "Secret Sauce" that drives their success.

I use clips from Mary's speeches in my own talks because of her smart delivery and her important mission. Her work has transformed the way I think about the world of meetings and events as an engine to drive change management and organizational transformation.

We need an army of Mary Boones working to change the world, and I trust that she is on the way to inspire thousands to follow in her footsteps.”


Aedhmar Hynes, CEO, Text 100, Global Public Relations

“Mary is the type of advisor who can work at the C-level with confidence. As a CEO, I found her insights into our organization to be invaluable. I’ve also witnessed firsthand her work in meeting design– she keeps high-level participants fully engaged before, during and after an event. Her intellectual involvement in the content and form of an event delivers real results.”

Jeff Singsaas, General Manager/Partner, Microsoft Corporation

jeff singsaas“I recently accepted an invitation to work with Mary to speak at a national conference. Mary moderated a two person panel of which I was one of the panelists. She was clearly a subject matter expert, yet she had done considerable work to prepare to help us succeed. Her natural curiosity, sense of humor, and gracious manner helped make the session effective for the audience - and a pleasure for me. I was impressed.”

Gail Williams, Program Manager of NASA Goddard's “Exploring Leadership Colloquia Series”, NASA Goddard Flight Space Center

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“In 2002, I learned of Mary Boone’s work by reading her book, Managing Interactively. Working for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, a science and engineering organization with a challenging and critical mission, I was intrigued by her approach to enhancing collaboration and communication in complex, dynamic and face-paced work environments. Consequently, I invited her to speak at our Exploring Leadership Colloquium. Mary designed a highly interactive and provocative presentation. Participants gained theoretical and practical insights for coping with complexity, encouraging innovation, and co-creating a knowledge sharing environment.

In 2011, I was excited to learn about Mary’s research in the area of meetings. NASA Goddard is a meeting intensive culture that I believed would greatly benefit from radically reassessing how, when, why, and with whom people gather. In June 2011, Mary joined an elite group of colloquium speakers invited back to NASA Goddard for a second colloquium, this time on the topic of Reinventing Meetings. Mary designed a paradigm-shifting learning experience, both for the morning large group conversation and afternoon small group conversation. Both were positively informed by her extensive research into NASA Goddard culture prior to her talks. Participants walked away with immediately implementable new skills to support the organization's mission.  Mary says she brings a unique blend of communication theory, social science, complexity science, and technology knowledge and expertise to her speeches and workshops, and I can personally attest to the veracity of that statement.”

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