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August 2020 Signature Speaker Series

August 12, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

$10.00 – $12.00

Walking In Your Purpose

Mary Elizabeth Grimes
President, Marian Middle School


And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Many of us walk through life asking ourselves, “What is my purpose? Why am I here? We seldom stop to realize our purpose is expressed through our individual passion, gifts, and talents in service to others. There are people you haven’t met who are tied to your destiny. Lead with passion. Maintain hope. Believe in the impossible. True grit leads to true success. Don’t let good get in the way of what’s best.

Take-a-Ways for this program include:
1. Walking in your purpose is a divinely guided journey not a destination.
2. Purpose is not defined by an identity but rather following a divine calling.
3. Don’t let others including yourself keep you from answering the call.

More about Mary:

Mary Elizabeth Grimes is a purpose-driven and successful leader.  Becoming the president of Marian Middle School was a perfect match for her passion and skills. It is her joy not a job. She currently is responsible for stewarding over 200 students from 5th grade to college graduation and beyond.  As executive leader for Marian, the success of the organization is dependent on her ability to ensure that all students have a chance to finish high school and succeed in college. She also encourages her staff, faculty, and students to reach their full potential. Mary Elizabeth has elevated the organization to its next level of growth and recognition.

Marian Middle School now benefits from her previous experiences. She served as the State Director for the Greater Missouri Chapter of March of Dimes where she transformed the declining chapter into a sustainable and operationally efficient organization. She was also president of Forward Vision, Inc., a brand management consulting firm. She has served as the director of marketing for BJC Healthcare, director of Development for Fair St. Louis; executive director of Elite International Sports Marketing and Management; director of sales and marketing with the St. Louis Sports Commission; and Account Executive at KMOV-TV/Channel 4.

Before returning to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, Mary Elizabeth lived in Atlanta, Georgia. Her professional experiences in Atlanta included host and associate producer for three weeknight talk shows on WTLK-TV, Channel 14; National Marketing Manager of the Southeast Region for Television Bureau of Advertising; Regional Director of Advertising Sales for MTV Networks, Inc.; Account Executive positions with Home Box Office; CBS, Inc.; WSB-TV and WKLS-FM.

Mary Elizabeth also finds time to serve on community boards like the Convention and Visitors Commission and Catholic Charities.  She graduated from Spelman College and earned an Executive MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University.

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The Professional Women’s Alliance is an organization of women supporting one another for personal and professional development.  We strive to keep the annual membership cost affordable to encourage participation.  We also believe in “try it before you buy it” which is the reason we offer potential members the opportunity to attend two events before deciding to join.


August 12, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
$10.00 – $12.00
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