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.
Mary-Jo is a writer, speaker, performer, podcaster and — perhaps, above all — a Social Entrepreneur. She has worked as a copywriter on brands ranging from Nike Canada to various Olympic-sponsorships. She is a blog contributor to The Huffington Post and as a dabbling comedian has performed in Vancouver, Toronto, New York, and LA and was a finalist for Vancouver’s Funniest New Female Comedian. Her one-woman show “Glowing: A Reproduction Production” was hailed a “real crowd pleaser” by the CBC and her recent TEDx Talk was deemed a “crowd favourite”. In print, she has interviewed notable greats like Ellen DeGeneres, Carrie Underwood, Jane Goodall, and Martha Stewart, among others. She’s taken her love of interviewing to the cyber-waves with the launch of “Tea with a Titan”, a podcast during which Mary-Jo has tea with those people – entertainers, entrepreneurs, athletes, thought-leaders – who believe in the power of getting up after they fall. “Tea with a Titan” has been downloaded in more than 80 countries.
In 2017, Mary-Jo was selected as one of 20 Social Entrepreneurs to spend a week with Sir Richard Branson at his home estate on Necker Island. Earlier that year, she was profiled as a Vancouver “Difference Maker” by The Georgia Straight.
That woman gives me chills. The way she writes and speaks. Genius.
Thank you so much for writing such a smart, funny, complimentary article.
Mary-Jo is one of those people who just seems to have ‘something’. She has a remarkably good television presence.
Today, she is a sought-after writer, frequent keynote speaker, panel moderator, emcee, and on-air guest — having engaged audiences ranging in size from 25 to 1,000 at events that span C-Suite women’s networking sessions to fundraisers aimed at supporting women fleeing abuse.
Above all, she is the self-admitted defunct-biological clock-possessor, late-in-life mama to her two favourite people — daughters JouJou and Birdie.
And that’s poly-hyphenation in a nutshell.
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