“First and foremost, I am a storyteller for social change and a facilitator for open dialogue that elevates human value. Culturally inclusive communication helps to build bridges, spark relationships and encourage collaboration that inspires transformative change that improves the lives and wellbeing of all of us. My mission is to be that change.”
As a public speaker, ambassador, and influencer, MaryAnne is an interviewer, moderator, panelist and keynote on subject matter related to global social impact, racial equity and inclusion, and sustainability. She has been a contributing voice at the National Association for Corporate Directors Global Leaders Summit, Monadnock International Film Festival, Global Diversity Leadership Exchange, American Sustainable Business Annual Summits, Regenerative Rising Summit, and Schramm Marketing Multicultural Conferences and Events, among others. She has conducted on-stage interviews with Rev William Barber, Oscar De La Hoya, James Beard Award winning filmmaker, Sanjay Rawal, Saru Jayaraman, Peabody award winner, Abby Ginzberg, to name a few, and has co-hosted several panels of media executives across networks and MSOs for industry conference and events.
As a communications specialist, MaryAnne serves a portfolio of clients in pursuit of transformation from corporate social responsibility to corporate social significance. Through her global network, she uses movement platforms to fan the mission of justice equity, diversity, inclusion (JEDI) and sustainability. They include her own enterprises, Ibis Communications, Global Diversity Leadership Exchange, and THIS!, a new fashion line for people with different bodies.
Ibis Communications’ client portfolio includes cable and telecommunications industry companies such as TV One, Black Entertainment Television, Comcast and Scripps Networks. and organizations including National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) and the Walter Kaitz Foundation. MaryAnne was a CTAM Fellow at Harvard Business School that earned her role as a member of the People to People Cable and Telecommunications Marketing Delegation to India. She is also a founding member of the NAMIC Multicultural Marketing Committee and a judge for the cable industry’s annual Excellence in Multicultural Marketing Awards (EMMA).
MaryAnne is also co-founder of the J.E.D.I Collaborative, an initiative for justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in the natural products industry. She has served on many local and national community boards, and currently serves as chair of the board of the American Sustainable Business Institute and chairs their Racial and Equity Working Group. She serves on the advisory board for American Promise and the global advisory council for Cornerstone Capital Group.
As a global ambassador for social change, MaryAnne was selected to attend Obama Administration White House Summits: Women Leaders in Climate Finance and Investment, Women and the Environment, White House Business Council, and the Green Business Summit. During the Clinton Administration, she was honored at a White House tribute to the nation’s Women Business Leaders.
MaryAnne also is a proud mother and advocate for persons with disabilities. With her first book, Warrior Rising: How Four Men Helped a Boy on His Journey to Manhood, MaryAnne has catalyzed the movement to traditionalize rites of passage for boys and girls, and to inspire a community dialogue about intentional parenting and the importance of mentors.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio and grown up in Manhattan, New York, MaryAnne holds a B.S. from Boston University School of Communication, and diplomas for advanced studies from Harvard Business School, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and University of Wisconsin – Madison Business School.