What we cover: “In this moment, we are safe.” —Dr. Russ Kennedy Today’s guest is Dr Russ Kennedy – someone I have known since 2004, when I launched my brief stint into the stand up comedy world. Russ was a fellow comic, and I got to know him then, and I always really liked him. […]
Sir Richard Branson's home on Necker Island.
Mary-Jo Dionne Productions
Home of the poly-hyphenated communications junkie
THE ONE-WOMAN SHOW
Called “a real crowd pleaser” by the CBC, Glowing: A Reproduction Production chronicles Mary-Jo’s rocky road to motherhood. Buy tickets now for shows on both Canadian coasts.
Mary-Jo is an award-winning ad copywriter who has worked on some of North America’s biggest brands. As a mag contributor, her print pieces have appeared locally and globally.
What the heck do we mean by “poly-hyphenated”, anyway?
For years, Mary-Jo would beat herself up (figuratively only -- she never once resorted to violence) for being what she construed as “fragmented”. She did a little of this, a little of that, a lot of this, and a lot of that. But never one thing and one thing only. Then, a friend showed her a Fast Company article about actor-director-musician-entrepreneur Jared Leto in which he refers to himself as a “poly-hyphenated whatever” who enjoys “the stimulation of learning.”
In that moment, she heard the angels sing, and -- just like that -- she felt fragmented no more.
The Podcast -- Tea with a Titan: Conversations Steeped in Greatness
Downloaded in approximately 80 countries since its 2016 launch, Tea with a Titan is a series during which Mary-Jo speaks with those people who have one thing in common: The ability to provide a perspective shift, despite the obstacles. Be it entrepreneur, athlete, artist, entertainer, thought-leader, or difference-maker, if the target is one where mastery meets authenticity — even in the face of hurdles and hiccups — Mary-Jo wants to (and frequently does) have tea with them. SEE ALL EPISODES
What we cover: “I took the road less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.” —Robert Frost Today’s guest is Stacey Shand. If there is a woman more easy to have a Girl Crush on that Stacey Shand, I have yet to meet her. Stacey is an ultra-extreme endurance athlete and adventurer. She […]
What we cover: “Take the past for what it is. And then, focus on moving forward.” —Kevin Reynolds Today’s guest is Kevin Reynolds. He is, of course, the Canadian figure skating super star who won silver at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, as part of the mixed team event. According to the official […]
Thank you so much for writing such a smart, funny, complimentary article.
As the moderator of a business panel in Sir Richard Branson’s living room on Necker Island, Mary-Jo charmed the audience with her wit and wisdom. Being one of the panelists, I found her candour and confidence reassuring as she engaged with us, keeping the conversation flowing and lively. In addition to her natural comedic skills, I found Mary-Jo to be the utmost professional in her preparation and delivery of content.
Mary-Jo’s knowledge, empathy, and passion made her a vibrant addition to our TEDx event. Undoubtedly, she was an audience favourite, connecting with them on multiple levels and delivering a strong message of hope and positivity. Her use of humour and emotion to reinforce underlying themes created easily identifiable connections and clear takeaways. She gets it… full stop.