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Mary J. MacRae has over 30 years experience in the business, civic and public policies sectors, including 13 years as a self-employed motivational speaker, career management trainer and small business development consultant. She has traveled the United States extensively, generating a client list that includes small businesses, corporations, government agencies, educational systems, non-profit organizations and thousands of men and women who have attended her speeches, workshops or seminars.
Even though Mary closed her business, MJM Enterprises, in 2000, she continues to be a popular speaker at conferences and advisor to women business owners, non-profit organizations and public policy leaders.
Mary's been elected or appointed to boards of business, political and civic organizations, and in recognition of her personal and professional leadership success, she's received a variety of political appointments and numerous awards.
Mary founded MJM Enterprises in 1988 and over the years traveled extensively across the United States working with clients by conducting workshops, speaking at conferences and consulting on small business and public policy issues. In 1996, however, her personal and professional life changed significantly when her husband, Johnny MacRae, was diagnosed with and treated for a rare and usually fatal form of cancer.
Recognizing just how precious life is and wanting to live it to the fullest with her husband, Mary closed her business in 2000 and has worked side-by-side with Johnny managing their businesses, one is a farm – J & M Acres, located in Cheatham County, Tennessee, with a mission to preserve the family-farm heritage through agri-tourism activities. The other business is a publishing company – J & M Music, which includes several catalogs of award-winning, Grammy-nominated traditional, country songs. In 2003 a song, co-written by Johnny - titled "Pine Box" - was included in “CMT’s 100 Greatest Songs of Country Music,” an elite list chosen by Country Music Television, industries leaders and CMA members.
In order to be effective community leaders, public policy advocates and business owners, Mary believes we all must take time to “stop and smell the roses.” Being one who practices what she preaches, she can be found exploring the wonders of nature, digging in her flower beds, and enjoying the sights, sounds and activities of the farm life she shares with her husband – who is now cancer free.
Leadership Positions, Appointments and Honors
While not inclusive, listed below are highlights of Mary's leadership activities and awards. She has a proven track-record of success because she practiced what she preached to her clients:
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White House Approved & U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Appointed – National Women’s Business Council, a bi-partisan council that provides advice and recommends policy to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues for 10.4 million women business owners
U.S. Senator-Appointee: Charter Member, National Council of Women Advisors to Congress - members provided recommendations and offered solutions to Congress on multiple issues; Delegate for the Women Leaders Summit,