Meet Mary

I’m Mary Dreliszak  – and I’m a fan of the underdog and the achiever in all of us. Maybe it’s because I’ve been both, starting in high school when I was the underdog in a speech contest. And won.

I learned something about myself then – that I could do anything I put my mind to. Just like my mom told me when I was growing up. So I went on to college to pursue a career in communications with a degree of confidence I wouldn’t have otherwise had.

My first job out of college was executive secretary for the Pittsburgh Steelers. While I enjoyed this role, my passion for public relations was calling. I accepted a position with a healthcare facility with the promise that I’d soon start their PR department. And I did.

As I grew in my career, I also helped to grow organizations. I held leadership roles in public relations and business development in healthcare and education. I grew so much that I outgrew my box. So in 2013, I started a blog here at to keep growing my storytelling skills and to help move other people out of their box too.

Since then, the MaryMotivates platform has expanded to encompass life-changing content and programs for people of all ages. Like the People who Inspire  book and Armstrong cable television show by the same name, featuring ordinary people living extraordinary lives; the Living Better Now Zoom conversations I host, showcasing neighbors and celebrities who are living better after a big change to their life. And my most recent addition, the More Than Happy podcast, to inspire you to live a joy-filled life.   

Yes, kids need inspiration too. So to give them a voice, I host of the StrongKids podcast. To inspire positive choices, I created the StandUp & Choose! Tour.  And to empower students to be the change with small acts of kindness, I founded the (i)impact club for K-12 schools.  

This ATHENA Award winner is on a mission to bring out the best in you. My hope is that while you’re here reading a blog story or catching a show or podcast, that you’ll discover what resilience looks like just by looking in the mirror. And if you’re an educator, that you’ll find just what your kids need. Connect with me at and at 724-984-0860.