Mary Lou Quinlan

  • CEO/Founder Just Ask a Woman/Mary Lou Quinlan & Co
  • Named the “Oprah of Madison Avenue” by The Wall Street Journal
  • Bestselling Author

Mary Lou Quinlan and Just Ask a Woman have built a reputation as the most innovative, insightful way to understand female consumers. Now Mary Lou Quinlan & Co offers an expanded suite of Just Ask a Woman brand consulting services that enable brands to learn more about their power consumers: women.

Mary Lou Quinlan has advised dozens of blue chip corporations, including Wachovia, Best Buy, Clairol, GlaxoSmithKline, Ikea and Pepsi on what women want. Ms. Quinlan's authority on women comes from listening to thousands of them, and turning that learning into business success. Her in-depth knowledge and unique spin on what women want has made her the most in-demand speaker on marketing to women and on women's issues. Whether you call on her to speak to your board of directors, your sales force, your trade partners or at industry conventions, get ready for one of the most powerful and remembered presentations ever!

 
  

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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Mary Lou Quinlan
  • The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild, Inc.
  • Brown-Forman Corporation
  • New York Women in Communications, Inc.
  • Manchester Partners International
  • Women's Economic Round Table, Inc.
  • Western Illinois University
  • Soul Aveda Spa Summit
  • North American Skies, Continental Airlines
  • FastCompany
  • Saint Joseph's University
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What She's Not Telling You: Why Women Hide the Whole Truth and What Marketers Can Do About It

Mary LouQuinlan reveals actionable ways and fresh insights to build business with women in a fun and irreverent style. Sharing candid consumer videos from her extensive research, she dissects the “halftruths” and “whole truths” of women's buying behavior and shares advice on ...

Mary Lou Quinlan reveals actionable ways and fresh insights to build business with women in a fun and irreverent style. Sharing candid consumer videos from her extensive research, she dissects the “halftruths” and “whole truths” of women's buying behavior and shares advice on building more effective brands, communications and relationships with the powerhouse female consumer.

The Inspiring Secret to Learning to Let Go

In a busy world where we are filled with so many burdens and worries, how do we find a way to release the anxiety and to find relief and resolution? Based on her moving book, The God Box: Sharing My Mother’s Gift of Faith, Love and Letting Go, speaker and bestselling author Mary Lou Quinlan gi ...

In a busy world where we are filled with so many burdens and worries, how do we find a way to release the anxiety and to find relief and resolution? Based on her moving book, The God Box: Sharing My Mother’s Gift of Faith, Love and Letting Go, speaker and bestselling author Mary Lou Quinlan gives a captivating presentation of her remarkable discovery of her mother’s God Boxes, filled with two decades of handwritten notes of her worries and wishes. The simple box held the secrets of her ritual for finding resolution for her own cares, as well as those of her family, friends and even strangers who leaned on her.

Although she always knew that her mother kept her petitions in a God Box, Miss Quinlan never adopted the practice herself. Instead, Miss Quinlan, a highly accomplished marketing and advertising executive, relied on her own can-do nature and tried to carry the burdens of everyday life on her shoulders and in her heart. But as she pored over her mother’s loving notes, she unearthed lessons in compassion, perseverance, aspiration and letting go. Mary Lou incorporates video images and music in this one-woman tour de force of emotion and laughter that will empower audiences to find their own path to releasing their life’s burdens. Click Here to view God Box marketing presentation. Watch a video clip from this presentation. Click Here.

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Mary Lou Quinlan has built a highly-awarded career dedicated to women. From her start at Avon Products, through her years as ad agency CEO for major global corporations, and her decade plus advising leading brands through her firm, Just Ask a Woman, Mary Lou knows women like nobody else. Leading brands including WellsFargo, SaksFifth Avenue, KAO, Westin and Kraft have turned to her for insights and answers that fuel success with women.

Mary Lou is a highly sought speaker who has keynoted hundreds of US and global conferences, sharing her provocative and high-energy take on women’s needs and lives. She is the author of three breakthrough business books, including: What She’s Not Telling You, Time Off for Good Behavior, and Just Ask a Woman. She’s written inspirational features for Real Simple, O, The Oprah Magazine, and a monthly career advice column for MORE. She’s appeared as a correspondent on The Early Show, and as a judge on Simon Cowell’s ABC-TV primetime reality series American Inventor, among many media appearances. Her newest book, The God Box, Sharing My Mother’s Gift of Faith, Love and Letting Go became a New York Times best seller in just three weeks and birthed a global movement, The God Box Project, with books published around the world, a vibrant online community, a mobile app and a one woman play.

She holds an MBA from Fordham University and honorary doctoral degrees from five U.S. universities, including Creighton University, Rosemont College, Chestnut Hill College, Alvernia College and her alma mater, Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia where she earned a B.A. in English. She has been honored as Advertising Woman of the Year by Advertising Women of NY and with the prestigious Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications.