Who is Mary Schnack?
A specialist in communications, Mary Schnack owns a variety of businesses focusing on communications and is an award-winning writer, reporter, public relations professional and advocate.
In 2010 she was named an Enterprising Woman of the Year by Enterprising Women magazine. She was the recipient of the 2004 U.S. Small Business Administration's Women in Business Advocate award for the Arizona District and Region IX and in 2008 she was awarded The International Alliance for Women Inaugural World of Difference 100 Awards, Advertising Working Mother of the Year Trailblazer Award and Member of the Year for Women Impacting Public Policy.
Mary is a past chair of the National Association of Women Business Owners' (NAWBO) International Forum and National Founding Partner of Women Impacting Public Policy. She is a board member and co-chair of the International Committee of ATHENA International board of directors.
Mary started out as a journalist and has written for major national magazines and newspapers, including Newsweek, Self and the Los Angeles Times. She also was a television field producer and director for Newsweek Video.
Mary moved into public relations at two private, non-profit medical centers in the Los Angeles area. After starting her own business in 1992, Mary went to Africa for ADRA, a humanitarian aid agency, to help with communications during the Rwanda Civil War. After her original experience with ADRA, Mary conducted extensive communication seminars for ADRA's field offices in Russia, Azerbaijan, Ghana, Guinea, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. As a public relations consultant, her agency represents associations, corporations, entrepreneurs, government entities, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. They are well known for association public relations, women-owned and small business representation as well as media training and crisis communications.
Mary has been giving speeches and presentations worldwide for more than 25 years. Mary is articulate, witty and knowledgeable about communications for both business and personal relevance. Her topics are interesting and thought provoking and offer communication and entrepreneurial tips that can be put to immediate use. By peppering her presentations with examples from her personal experiences in such places as Waco, Rwanda, Russia and Los Angeles, Mary offers real world perspective and not just textbook examples from other people's work. Through her public relations work, she conducts public relations, crisis communications and media training seminars throughout the United States and has conducted workshops at conferences in Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Indonesia, Switzerland, Egypt, Greece, China, Brussels, London, and Mexico City.
During her 15 years as an entrepreneur she has branched out into other projects and businesses, as well. She recently created a partnership in Nairobi, Kenya, to do communications training in Africa, and formed Asia Business Connect, Inc. with two Chinese-American businesswomen in Shanghai and Beijing, China, to help businesses who want to do business between the U.S. and Asia.
Mary also started Up from the Dust (http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=pzoiy4bab&t=o7goc6dab.0.cfnkg6dab.pzoiy4bab.0&ts=S0535&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.upfromthedust.com%2F), which supports the global growth of women microenterprises by creating a US marketplace for handicrafts made by women microenterprises in developing countries, including China, Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Guatemala, Kenya, South Africa and Ghana.