Creator of the Work Point Average – a simple system for grading, tracking and improving employee engagement
Mary has been doing employee ‘engagement’ since before there was even a word for it. She is the creator of the Work Point Average – the simple system that measures employee engagement and provides a user-friendly framework for employees to be more involved, committed and satisfied in their work.
Masterful in unleashing each employee’s maximum potential
Mary is gifted in releasing the constraints that keep a person from reaching their maximum potential. She is compelled to have each client benefit from the comfort and strength derived from their unique way of approaching work. Mary’s intriguing case studies clearly demonstrate that only the individual can know where their area of maximum contribution lies.
Employee engagement expert and Forbes.com contributor
Mary is a former senior vice president of human resources of Mid-America Federal (today, the Fifth-Third Bank of Cincinnati). Her tenure in management provided an insider’s understanding of the challenges and issues involved in motivating and managing employees on a day-to-day basis. Additionally, she has done years of executive outplacement work for major US corporations. She served on the corporate board of YSI, Inc. (recently acquired by ITT Corp.) for 14 years.
Mary is a contributor to Forbes.com on employee engagement issues and has been a contributor to the “Working” column of the New York Times.
10 years in Tonga challenged every assumption Mary had about people and effective work practices
Mary’s career took a turn for the adventurous when she fulfilled a life-long dream to work on an island in the Pacific. What was supposed to be a 2-year project turned into a 10-year experience of a lifetime. Her work there included extensive training for incoming ambassadors and other high-level expatriates on how to work effectively in the Kingdom. Her rich and varied experiences there led her to write Making Sense of Tonga, the best-selling book in Tonga, that describes its rich Polynesian culture.
Mary’s unique experiences in Tonga (including hobnobbing with royalty!) greatly enhanced her understanding of the false limits of our self-imposed boundaries. Exotic examples from Tonga are woven throughout her work and are invaluable in providing perspective (and humor) to the challenges each of us face in our work environments and at home. She holds dual citizenship.
Her enviable southern-hemisphere client list includes the governments of New Zealand, Australia and Tonga; also, the New Zealand Police, the Australian Federal Police, New Zealand Immigration, US Peace Corps, the Forum Secretariat (16 nations of the Pacific) and SPC (Secretariat of the Pacific Community), and PACTAM (Australia’s Pacific Technical Assistance Mechanism).
Mary’s work has been featured on television, radio and in print. She lives in La Jolla, California.
Director of Creative Strategies for Work Point Average – refreshing business training with a Hollywood flare
David jumped at the opportunity to work with Mary as their collaboration allowed him the opportunity to leverage his creative expertise towards affecting improved corporate methods. His refreshing style charms and spontaneously involves participants who seamlessly internalize the lessons to be learned.
Emmy-Award Winning Writer/Producer for Disney, Paramount, Universal, DreamWorks
For over 25 years, David was a writer and producer of television comedies in Hollywood. In 1984, he was the first producer hired by Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenburg when they took over the Walt Disney Company; he wrote and produced the company’s first animated television series, “The Wuzzles.” The following year, he created, wrote, produced and voice-directed “DuckTales,” which became a worldwide hit. After the success of that show, his career soared—he wrote and produced hits at Universal Studios such as “Coach”, “Major Dad”, and “Harry and the Hendersons.” Over the years he was nominated for 5 Emmy Awards and he won the Emmy in 1988 for writing “Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies.” In 1988 he was nominated for the prestigious Humanitas Award, the award given to Hollywood’s most humanizing script of the year. Over the course of his career, he has worked on dozens of comedies and has written, produced and voice-directed over 150 half hour shows, working with major stars and talent across many arenas of Hollywood.
International Business Experience With Unique Perspective on Cultural Challenges
David’s Hollywood career went international in 2002 when he and family members moved to the Cotswolds in England. There, in addition to media projects, he owned and operated Windrush Enterprises, which was comprised of the Bourton-on-the-Water Post Office, the Bourton Coffee Company, as well as holiday flats and lets. The work abroad was rewarding and often difficult and challenging: specifically, dealing with different cultural attitudes in the workplace. The experience gave him a unique perspective on American work ethics and values. He brings these insights to WPA today.
Artist and Speaker
David is a highly regarded speaker who has engaged thousands in the US and abroad. He is a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association and earned the title, Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest recognition in the Toastmasters organization.
Today David resides in La Jolla, California, with his family where he is a fine artist. His artwork is featured on his website at DavidsPrettyGoodArt.com. He has won several major art awards and has been the Featured Artist at several major Art Shows.