Mary Dreliszak, Principal and Founder
Mary is a fan of the underdog and the achiever in all of us. Maybe it’s because she’s been both, starting in high school when she was the underdog in a speech contest. And won.
She learned something about herself then – that she could do anything she put her mind to do. Just like her mom told her growing up. So Mary went on to college to pursue a career in communications with a degree of confidence she wouldn’t have otherwise had.
Her first job out of college was executive secretary for the Pittsburgh Steelers. While she enjoyed this role, her passion for public relations was calling. She accepted a position with a health care facility with the promise that she’d soon start their PR department. And she did.
As Mary grew in her career, she also grew organizations. She held leadership roles in public relations, business development and education and delivered motivational assemblies to more than 150,000 high school students. She grew so much, that she outgrew her box. So she started a blog at MaryMotivates.com to keep growing her storytelling skills and to help move people all over the world out of their box too.
The blogs’ “People Who Inspire” series became a book and is now a television show on Armstrong Cable. As the host and co-producer, Mary interviews ordinary people who are living extraordinary lives. And proves that if we just take a moment to connect and have a conversation with those around us, we can be inspired.
She’s also taking the Stand Up and Choose! Tour – an anti-drug, anti-bullying, and life-affirming assembly for middle schools on the road. A MaryMotivates, LLC production, her high energy, interactive and multi-media presentation features a cast of seven dynamic presenters who inspire students to make positive choices – and to respect themselves and others.
Now, the ATHENA Award winner – a speaker, television host, producer, author, blogger and consultant – is on a mission to motivate you to grow. To propel you out of your comfort zone. And to reach higher than you ever imagined possible.