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Newsmaker: Mary Lee Gannon

| Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
Newsmaker: Mary Lee Gannon. Gannon was awarded the 2014 Joe Gilbert Lifetime Achievement Award by the Pittsburgh Society of Association Executives. She was honored for dedication to the association, having served as its president, board member and other positions, said Lisa Ashbaugh, the current president. The award was named after the long-time executive of SAE International in Marshall, an association leader who exemplified the best in people skills, technical skills, volunteering and championing causes for the good of the association community.

Noteworthy: Gannon received the 2014 Joe Gilbert Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pittsburgh Society of Association Executives. She was honored for dedication to the association, having served as its president, as a board member and in other positions, said Lisa Ashbaugh, the current president. The award is named after the longtime executive of SAE International in Marshall.

Age: 54

Residence: O'Hara

Family: Engaged to Arnd von Waldow; children, Maria, 26, Brianna, 25, Andrea, 23, and Max Mauro, 21

Occupation: President of the St. Margaret Foundation and StartingOverNow.com, and an executive coach and corporate consultant, certified by the International Coach Federation

Background: Gannon has been the recipient of the “Woman of Integrity Award” from Pittsburgh Professional Women and earned the “Leading Lady” distinction from Oakland Catholic. She authored two books: “Reinvent You — From Welfare to CEO” and “Starting Over.”

Education: Sacred Heart High School, Shadyside, and Ferris State University, Michigan, with a degree in ophthalmic dispensing

Quote: “Your leadership signature is not what you do, it's how you do it and why. It's the strengths and passions you bring to the table no matter where you are seated. It is your identity — the essence of who you are.”

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