After 19 Years I Had to Let Go...


 Mary Lee Gannon, CAE
Your Life/Career/Business Reinvention Strategist
Mary Lee Gannon is president of
 - a coaching and consulting firm that helps people and organizations reinvent to enjoy the freedom that comes from success. With more than 18 years of experience as a CEO of organizations with up to $26 million in assets, Mary Lee helps leaders develop business strategy and fulfilled employees who know how to make work fun and productive. 
She is an International Coach Federation Certified Coach, a graduate of Duquesne University's Professional Coaching Program, an alumnus of the Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital Coaching in Medicine & Leadership Conference and a Certified Association Executive. 
Mary Lee's personal turnaround came as a stay-at-home mother with four children under seven-years-old who endured a divorce that took she and the children from the country club life to public assistance from where she earned success to support her family.   
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Clients, across the US, are working hard but not smart because there is a lack of clarity, vision, goals, optimized work environment, accountability or good work/life balance in place to produce exceptional results. So fear, bureaucracy, personal agendas and cynicism have grabbed hold when what they want is rekindled passion to create the best product or service in their industry, be the provider of choice and be fulfilled by a lifestyle friendly business.
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Mary Lee Ganon is Recognized 

Michelle Wright of WTAE-TV, Mary Lee Gannon and Beth Caldwell of PPW - Women of Integrity Award 

Mary Lee Gannon is awarded the 2012
"Woman of Integrity" award by Pittsburgh
Professional Women on December 1st at Le Mont.  Awardees are women of distinction who have balanced career and civic responsibility, who share their success by mentoring others and
supporting their communities.  Pictured
here with Michelle Wright of WTAE-TV
and Beth Caldwell of PPW.

The Book

"Starting Over" 

Mary Lee's first book illustrates her personal turnaround as a stay-at-home mother, with four children under seven-years-old, who endured a divorce that took she and the children from the country club life to public assistance. From there, within a short time, she worked to the level of CEO, directing three hospital foundations over the last 16 years each with assets of up to $26 million.  

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Many of you know from my books that I have been a single parent of four children since 1995 and with focused priorities, reflection and strategy I was able to rise from welfare and homelessness to be CEO of organizations worth up to $26 million. Much of my journey was a career trajectory that required dedication, networking, and executive perspective - all strategies I share with you in these newsletters. What had the most profound impact on my effectiveness and my own happiness was on the personal side - mindful development of self-awareness, listening skills, self-management and empathy. It is difficult to listen and be empathetic to yourself let alone others when you feel threatened, oppressed, disrespected, powerless, trapped, and without the ability to make significant headway in your own life.
How do you remain open in the face of disappointment? How do you uncover opportunity when you can't see any light at the end of the tunnel? How do you support those who you manage, parent, lead, and befriend when your empathy well is dry?
Next month on November 29th I will get married after having been a single parent for 19 years. Over that time I had pretty much aced the art of ending up at the top in the career category. I learned very early to be focused, purposeful, committed and results driven. But it was much harder for me to get an "A" in the relationship category because I had spent so many years working on how to shut people out to preserve my sanity. Unfortunately I got very good at the shut-down mode and had to work twice as hard at opening that valve as I did at being successful in business.  
What I discovered is that every day I put development of my "people" skills on hold distanced me farther from what really matters most in life - how we touch other people. I thought that personal achievement was enough and found out in short order that success in my career hinged not on what I was able to do alone - but in how I am able to move others. Developing my comfort level with my own vulnerability enabled me to not only let go of tired habits but made me more approachable. As I cleared my ears to hear my own voice I better heard the voices of others. I didn't have to be right - just open. I didn't have to know all the answers - just listen. I didn't have to do it all myself - just get out of the way of good people. The funny thing is - this not only propelled my success it opened my heart. And there I found love.
When I return from my honeymoon I will be co-presenting an all day workshop on December 13th with Beth Caldwell called Success Academy at Sigma Conference Center on Babcock Boulevard in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Too many people work "IN" their business or career and not "ON" their business or career. This is the perfect time of year to create your plan for 2015. Attend this all day Power Strategy Workshop and walk away with the change and executive presence you need for a breakthrough year! I am honored to share with you the strategies I use every day as president of a $22 million organization and what lifted me from welfare to CEO. Beth Caldwell will share her expertise on integrating systems into your business, enjoying a client explosion and strategies for Empowerment * Inspiration * Strategy * Accountability.
If you wonder where you will be three years from now - you're already there. Don't let that happen. Register NOW before answering that next email or phone message becomes another excuse for a stagnant year. See you on December 13th!
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Mary Lee Gannon and Beth Caldwell's
 Success Academy - Saturday, December 13th 9:00am-4:00pm
Empowerment, Inspiration, Strategy, Accountability
Sigma's Conference and Event Center, 1717 Babcock Boulevard, Pittsburgh
  • Integrate systems into your business
  • Eliminate head trash
  • Stop sabotaging your success
  • Experience a powerful confidence breakthrough
  • Enjoy a client/business explosion
Mary Lee Gannon, ACC, CAE is an award winning speaker, coach, author, and president of, a consulting and leadership training firm that helps you position your unique leadership impact to create a movement.
Beth Caldwell is a popular author, business strategist and mentor whose passion is to help women succeed in life and business. She is best known for her organization Pittsburgh Professional Women. Beth is the founder of Leadership Academy for Women and in 2014 became a global instructor with the Steve Harvey Success Institute.
Fee: Pittsburgh Professional Women Members - $129 Non-Members - $199 Mary Lee's clients and newsletter recipients receive a $30 discountuse code SMART. Space is limited.
Mary Lee Gannon, ACC, CAE is an award winning coach, speaker and author who helps you position your Executive Leadership Signature to enthuse transformational change - the same change that took her from welfare to CEO of $26 million organizations. She is an International Coach Federation Certified Coach, graduate of Duquesne University's Professional Coaching Program, a Certified Association Executive, an alumnus of the Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital Coaching in Medicine & Leadership Conference, and author or two books: Reinvent You - From Welfare to CEO and Starting Over. Her personal turnaround came as a stay-at-home mother with four children under seven-years-old who endured a divorce that took her and her children from the country club life to public assistance from where she reinvented her life to support her family. She is the recipient of the Woman of Integrity Award by Pittsburgh Professional Women, the Joe Gilbert Life Time Achievement Award and the Member of the Year from Pittsburgh Society of Association Executives, and the Leading Lady distinction by Oakland Catholic. She's been featured in Money Magazine, NPR,, U.S. News and World Report,,, Read testimonials from her clients. Both of her books: Reinvent you - From Welfare to CEO and Starting Over are available in bookstores, from online booksellers or on her web site at  
Mary Lee is a featured executive coach in MONEY MAGAZINE. 
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