TOP 25 WOMEN
A unique blend of people skills and a flair for data
ary R. Malone loves to live life to its fullest. “ I love to be present in every moment and laugh...a lot.. because we only get to do this once, and it might as well be fun,” she says. As the president of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce she is responsible for the overall administration of the chamber, directing the staff in carrying out its work and implementing the decisions of the board of directors of the chamber and its industrial development organizations and affiliates. The Greater Hazleton Chamber serves more than 700 members and strives to add to their business success by providing valuable information, services and networking opportunities. The chamber’s mission is to take active measures to help improve business climate and the quality of life in greater Hazleton. She received a degree in business administration with a minor in finance and human resources in 1987 from York College, where she met her husband of 31 years, Sean. In 2000, she attained her master’s degree from Misericordia University in organizational management. Malone spent her professional career in the non-
profit realm, mostly in the health and human service sector. “I have always had a core passion for people and how they interconnect and make an impact on projects, organizations and communities as a whole. The combination of people skills, curiosity and an interest in data and numbers has led me to some unique positions in a variety of organizations,” she says. She’s been blessed with many mentors, two of the most important being her parents, who taught her to respect and appreciate that everyone has a skill or a lesson to teach when their lives cross your path. “Since my professional life has had many changes in career fields, this basic understanding of mentorship has helped because I’ve needed to learn new things quickly,” she says. Malone attributes her success to hard work, appreciation for the contributions of others and a positive yet competitive spirit, as well dedication to being a life-long learner. She says her life is richer because of her family. “Sean and I are a testament to that fact that opposites attract, together we are a strong team,” she says. The couple has two “amazing” daughters, Megan, 21, and Emily, 18, who bring joy and learning
in their lives. As a military family — her husband is a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard — they have been through two year-long deployments in 2003 and 2010. “We have a special appreciation for each other and the family who helped us through those challenges times,” she says. Her favorite time of the day is watching the sun rise. She enjoys the creative peace and productivity of the early morning hours. As a youth, she was a competitive swimmer and always enjoyed this time.
“I have always been lucky to wake up ready to go!” she says, adding “Now caffeine helps too!” She has received the 2000 Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Athena Award; the 1999 – Hazleton YWCA P.E.A.R.L.; she is a founding member of the Circle 200 Regional Women’s Leadership Organization and is on the Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board; Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails Advisory Group and the Hazleton Rotary since 1999.
Congratulations, Mary R. Malone! From the Board of Directors and staff of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, our sincerest congratulations on being named to the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal’s Top 25 Women in Business 2015.
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Published on Mar 3, 2015