About Mary

Whether it’s convincing a room full of CEOs to rethink their worldview, witnessing a Tibetan sky burial or enrolling in stand-up comedy classes, my life has always been about transformation. I started my career early—at the age of seven, with a neighborhood production of Cinderella that raised $4.19 that we donated to the local hospital.

When I opened my event marketing company at 24, blue chip clients like Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Duke Energy and others provided a solid income and professional respect. Signature events I created such as The Forum for Corporate Conscience and the N.C. Conference for Women created transformation—in me and in others.

While a quarter-century of business success might have called for more of the same, I sold my company in 2010 intending to “take a break” and search for a new path. Just one month later, I was tapped as the Deputy Executive Director of Hospitality and Events for the Democratic National Convention—an assignment that became the pinnacle of my career.

I’ve been recognized as Business Woman of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Woman of Distinction, Green Business Leader of the Year and inducted into the Event Solutions Hall of Fame.

A 1982 graduate of Wake Forest University, I’ve recently completed a seven-month study to investigate the tradition of Pro Humanitate, our university motto. Meaning “for humanity,” the Pro Humanitate mission combines my love for Wake with my passion for engagement and transformation.

I continue to deliver inspirational keynotes, as well as lead trips to Peru and Cuba, conduct workshops, teach yoga, do stand-up comedy, hangout with my two rescue cats and pursue my dream of kicking up into a handstand in the center of the room.

~ Mary Tribble

"Ah, the memories of cotton candy trees on the old plantation heavy with their ripened fruit..."

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