Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume VIINFLUENTIAL WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.
Maryellen grew up in Brooklyn, NY and lived in that area for the first thirty years of her life. She graduated from Brooklyn College cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago.
Working in the corporate business travel field led her to Chicago and being a director and People Leader for American Express Business Travel. Her achievements were mentoring and developing employees, leading diversity programs, and realizing excellent results for customer and employee retention. She was recognized for her efforts by earning multiple Presidents’ Club Awards, along with Centurion Club and Diversity honors.
Maryellen strongly believes in giving back to the community in which she lives and works. She spearheaded American Express’ Corporate Travel Giving Campaign for five years. She now volunteers by serving on the board of directors for a non-profit agency based out of Wheaton, IL whose primary mission is to provide and mobilize services needed to strengthen families and communities in Chicago and Du Page County.
Maryellen now resides in Winfield, IL with her husband, Jim, and their pet dog, Lillie, a beautiful red and white Irish Setter. They enjoy spending time with their family, grandchildren and friends, while also take advantage of all that the diverse city of Chicago offers, along with traveling throughout the world.
The Comeback Is Always Stronger Than the Setback
Maryellen’s story is one of sadness, survival and resilience as she details the toughest time of her life. As a young woman in her thirties who thought she had it all, her life abruptly changed when she experienced the loss of her father, her marriage and her mother, all within one year.
She had tough decisions to make in her quest for survival. Her journey took her to a new city and job where she had to learn to live totally on her own and create a whole new life for herself.
Maryellen’s journey wasn’t easy. However, through tears, determination and perseverance, her comeback was stronger than her setback!