Whenever the Edinburgh Festival & Fringe comes around, I’m reminded of Mary Lou Quinlan.
Mary Lou is a remarkable person.
She was a trailblazer for women in business. From her senior marketing role 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.
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 CBS Early Show, and as a judge on Simon Cowell’s ABC-TV primetime reality series “American Inventor,” among many media appearances.
However, her book ‘The God Box’, was something different. This was a really personal account of her life and her Mom. That book became a New York Times bestseller 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.
And this is where we come in. We worked with Mary Lou when she wanted to bring her one woman play to the Edinburgh Festival. Mary Lou is one of those people that inspires you just by being in the room with her. As anyone who has promoted during the festival will tell you, it’s damn hard work, however, it was worth it to see Mary Lou’s show do so well.
And now? She’s all over the place performing her play, including a sold-out Off-Broadway run and numerous performances in Ireland.
A remarkable person, a remarkable story, and the memories of working with Mary Lou still brings a smile to our faces.