Mary Anne Connolly, a Community Engagement Manager at CD&P ( since August of 2023 has worked in PR for global technology firms and startups in HR tech, EdTech, HealthTech, cybersecurity, academia, film, music, arts, nonprofits, festivals, conferences and political think tanks, as well as CEOs, experts/academics and thought leaders at global PR and regional comms agencies including leading her own independent shop, MACMedia, for over a decade. In addition to her PR/media relations, coaching and content experience, she also worked as a journalist for over 20 years in both documentary and TV news production at ABC, FOX and Bravo and served as Executive Editor at Austin Woman Magazine for 6 years. She enjoys adapting and translating her many communications and storytelling experiences to serve both clients and organizations serving both the public and private sectors.
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Mary Anne’s “best fit” is someone transitioning from corporate or full-time work to independent contract or self-employment and/or back again. Since she has worked for large global media organizations like Disney/ABC, Newscorp/FOX, as well as global PR agencies like Ruder Finn/Touchdown as well as smaller, regional companies and agencies like CD&P, Austin Woman and leading her own solo venture MACMedia for over 10 years, she can help tremendously with reinvention, adaptability, learning new skills mid- or late-career and navigating all the challenges within those worlds.

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