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2014 Bombeck Workshop faculty: Mary Lou Quinlan


Mary Lou Quinlan is the New York Times’ best-selling author of The God Box, Sharing My Mother’s Gift of Faith, Love and Letting Go, a marketing expert, actress, speaker and advocate for women. With publication rights bought in Brazil, China, Spain, Korea, the UK, Australia and South Africa, The God Box Project has become a global movement, including a vibrant online community, series of short films, mobile app and a one-woman play written and performed by Ms. Quinlan. All proceeds go to local women’s cancer and healthcare charities around the U.S. She has written articles and columns for Real Simple; O, The Oprah magazine; and MORE. She also regularly appears as a marketing expert in the media and was a correspondent on “The CBS Early Show” and a judge on the premiere season of ABC’s “American Inventor” produced by Simon Cowell. Ms. Quinlan’s career evolved from advertising director at Avon, to CEO of the global advertising agency NWAyer, to successful entrepreneur. Just Ask a Woman, her marketing company, has advised more than 100 blue-chip clients, including Wells Fargo, American Express, Estee Lauder, GlaxoSmithKline and Saks Fifth Avenue. The three business books she authored — What She’s Not Telling You, Time Off for Good Behavior and Just Ask a Woman — have been widely read and have been the subject of her speeches at corporate conferences. She lives in New York City with her husband Joe and her King Charles Spaniel, Rocky.

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