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Mary Ann McCauley, ABC, IABC Fellow

Mary Ann McCauley, ABC, IABC Fellow, is president and principal of Catalyst Communications. She is an expert in spokesperson coaching, public relations, crisis management and planning. Her industry expertise includes healthcare, financial services, professional services, nonprofits and manufacturing. Colleagues describe her as a savvy strategist who views communication from a business perspective.

MAM-SalmonTNewMary Ann founded Catalyst Communications in 1987 as McCauley & Associates. She also served in management positions with United Technologies Communications Company, Centerre Bancorporation, American Nurses Association and Hallmark Cards. Prior to her corporate and consulting work, Mary Ann was a journalist for an Iowa daily newspaper and owned a community newspaper in Southeastern Kansas.


Mary Ann is an IABC Fellow and accredited by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). She holds a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She is a recipient of the IABC Rae Hamlin award and the 2000 recipient of the IABC Chairman’s Award.

Active in IABC, Mary Ann is co-director of examinations on the Accreditation Committee and serves as IABC Pacific Plains Region finance director. Her former roles include: the 2003-2005 chair of the IABC Accreditation Council, 2000 IABC Gold Quill Awards chair and 2001 IABC Silent Auction chair. She has served twice on the international board of directors and is a former district director.

Community Involvement

In addition to her professional activities with IABC, Mary Ann has been an active contributor to the communities, in which she has lived and worked. She is a volunteer communications consultant with Gilda’s Club Twin Cities. She served as president of the board of directors of the Glacier Lakes Chapter of the Audi Car Club of North America.

She chaired The Cricket Theatre board, a Minneapolis-based professional contemporary theater, during its final struggle for financial stability and worked closely with a team of board members and staff to close the 26-year-old theater with a minimum of stress. She is past chair of the Opportunity Partners board and the Minnesota Literacy Council board. Mary Ann also has served on the fund raising committees of The Children’s Theatre, the Minnesota Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America, Children’s Home Society of Minnesota’s Annual Polo Classic and Boys & Girls Club of Minneapolis.

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