Mary Jo is committed to improving performance in high-stakes industries, where high reliability and safety are crucial. She executes processes and programs that accelerate the development of leaders and teams in order to increase operational reliability and personal and process safety. She is a recognized expert in nuclear leadership and organizational change. Mary Jo is also an accomplished team and individual coach, helping leaders grow and increase performance levels in their organizations.
Mary Jo authored the book, “Nuclear Energy Leadership: Lessons Learned from U.S. Operators,” published by PennWell. She has published articles in Energy Workforce Magazine, Uptime Magazine, HazardEx, and she has been a regular contributor to Power Engineering magazine. Mary Jo has been invited to speak at conferences such as PowerGen and to oil and gas industry executives based on her experience working in the nuclear power industry.
Prior to joining Strategic Talent Solutions, Mary Jo was a leader in management development at Exelon Corporation, one of the nation's largest electric utilities. At Exelon she developed talent management and organizational effectiveness processes including individual assessment, succession planning, leadership training, employee survey follow-up and effectiveness measures. Mary Jo created a standardized senior leadership team assessment format that was implemented at fossil stations as well as all the Exelon nuclear sites.
She has also worked for an international consulting firm that specializes in executive selection and development where she consulted to the Edison Electric Institute, American Electric Power, South Texas Project, and Commonwealth Edison. In addition to her work in the electric industry she has consulted on organizational effectiveness and coached executives and managers from companies such as Motorola, Joy Global, Best Buy, Tribune, and the Harris Bank.
Mary Jo served on the medical and scientific staff at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center and completed her internship at La Rabida Children's Hospital in Chicago. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Loyola University, her M.A. in Developmental Psychology at Northern Illinois University, and her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire.