– Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Marie is a veteran of the Portland and Maine media markets, in sales, business development and management positions. She also produced and distributed television programs that received industry acclaim.
Most recently, Marie worked internationally for the Young Presidents’ Organization, the premier Chief Executive Leadership organization in the world – with over 20,000 members. As Director of Integration, she interfaced with business leaders around the world in a myriad of areas including, but not limited to, membership support, event and workshop planning, corporate communication, and creating the first, full-fledged new member integration program from the ground-up.
Harnessing her abundant energy and calling on her breadth of experiences, Marie launched Daughters of Change, which “collaborates with great companies, social causes and women change-makers to positively impact our world”. In her role as a social entrepreneur, Marie utilizes her skills and experience to effectuate change by bringing attention and results to causes and issues affecting the world
A Message From Marie
I have been described as a lot of things. My personal favorite is being called a Spark Plug who can envision the big picture, as well as execute on the ideas. Long before the term was in vogue, I was an entrepreneur at heart. I love the challenge of building something from the ground up.
From the time I was a girl, I knew someday I would make a difference in a significant way. As the clock started ticking towards 50, I realized that later was now; if I didn’t make a move, I would regret it on my deathbed.
Faced with the knowledge that the time was at hand, and armed with a healthy dose of risk-taking confidence, I quit my job to figure it out. With the sound of people saying, “Are you crazy?” “You did what?” “Did you get fired and don’t want to admit it?” ringing in my ears, I set forth to make sh*t happen. It was the most terrifyingly wonderful thing I’ve ever done.
Soon afterwards, I realized that my path had been in front of me all along – build a business with a social mission and do well by doing good. I am a working philanthropist!
Daughters of Change was born from a fiery passion and a fearless belief that everything is possible. I hope you’ll join us on this journey. It’s going to be one hell of a ride.