June 2004 Member of the Month
Prior to establishing MSJ Consulting in 1999 with a focus on the human resources (HR) needs of start-ups, emerging small companies and mid-size organizations, Mary applied over 25 years of diverse domestic and international human resources experience to leadership roles within small, medium and large firms. From management consulting, high tech and financial services to world-class R&D, computer manufacturing, logistics and field service support, she's used her strong interpersonal, facilitation and organizational skills to manage the challenges of start-up, explosive growth and rapid restructuring.
Drawing upon this dynamic background, she brings a wealth of practical solutions to complex HR issues related to leadership, teamwork and organizational behavior as well as practical resources for addressing core infrastructure needs and day-to-day employment situations.
Mary joined NAWBO soon after arriving in the Bay Area from Tokyo in order to meet professional women. Before heading HR for Arthur D. Little's Far East division, her professional career had been on the eastern seaboard, and she had no contacts in the Bay Area. What she discovered, by first joining NAWBO's membership committee and currently the program committee is that participating actively has produced tremendous payback. Not only has it enabled her to acquire new friends, but it also has promoted synergy with several other NAWBO members.
She is currently exploring a joint venture experiment with another NAWBO member that they hope will differentiate them from others and expand the quality and breadth of services they bring to their clients.
Her suggestions about how to build a business from scratch, which she did by leaping off the corporate ladder and planting her feet in California, are: first, get actively involved with a diverse professional group like NAWBO so they get to know how good you are. Most business people will only refer good leads when they're sure you won't damage their reputation with associates and clients. Second, walk the talk. If you say you provide responsive, excellent services or products, you have to deliver consistently. Being on a committee and delivering tells others you have substance. And third, give generously of your knowledge. It usually doesn't cost anything but some time, and lending a helping hand to anther professional is often a gesture that's returned.