Meet Mary Lou.

Mary Lou Quinlan is a marketer, author, actress, speaker and advocate for women. From advertising director at Avon to CEO of ad agency NWAyer to successful entrepreneur and now creative force, Mary Lou is a master of reinvention. Her marketing company, Just Ask a Woman has advised over 100 blue chip brands, such as Wells Fargo, American Express, Estee Lauder, GlaxoSmithKline and Saks Fifth Avenue.


Mary Lou is the author of What She’s Not Telling You, Time Off for Good Behavior, and Just Ask a Woman. Her latest book The God Box became a New York Times bestseller in just three weeks. With publication rights bought in Brazil, China, Spain, Korea, the UK, Australia and South Africa, The God Box Project is fast becoming a global movement.


She’s written inspirational features for Real Simple, O, the Oprah magazine, and MORE. She’s appeared as a correspondent on The CBS EARLY Show and many news shows as well as a judge on the premiere season of the ABC series “American Inventor” among many media appearances, including The New York Times, Wall St. Journal, PARADE, PEOPLE and USA TODAY.  She has keynoted hundreds of conferences around the world. Mary Lou is Jesuit-educated with an MBA from Fordham University and an Honorary Doctorate in Communications from her alma mater, Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.  She lives in NYC with her husband Joe and dog Rocky.

 

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  • "In the slips of paper that carry this sweet story forward, we can see the love in our own families and the great possibilities of simple faith."
    – JEFFREY ZASLOW, COAUTHOR OF "THE LAST LECTURE"
  • "What a beautiful and profoundly human book....I will keep The God Box in my heart for a long, long time."
    – LAURA SCHROFF, AUTHOR OF "THE INVISIBLE THREAD"
  • "A beautiful story of love, faith and family. It reads like an intimate, familiar prayer."
    – ELIZABETH GILBERT, AUTHOR OF "EAT, PRAY, LOVE"
  • "Mary Lou Quinlan shares her mother’s handmade and heartfelt gift of how to persist, believe and move forward with joy."
    – LEE WOODRUFF, AUTHOR OF "IN AN INSTANT"
  • "The courage and wisdom from the messages left in her mother’s God Box will inspire you to create a God Box of your own."
    – GAIL SHEEHY, AUTHOR OF "PASSAGES IN CAREGIVING"
  • "Mary Lou Quinlan has told the story of her mother in a way that entertains, moves and inspires. The thoughts about life and values will stick with you forever."
    – JIM LEHRER, EXECUTIVE EDITOR OF PBS NEWSHOUR
  • "A wonderful legacy…Keeping a God Box is an incredibly moving and hopeful ritual that we should all consider adding into our daily lives."
    – REBA, MUSICIAN, AUTHOR, ACTRESS

Touched by an Angel

April 17, 2014
by Mary Lou Quinlan

This weekend, I pay tribute to Sister Alice Edward Strogen, SSJ, longtime chaplain on the oncology ward of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She died over a year and a half ago and though we never met, I can never forget her. And I promised I would bring the show to the aid and comfort of the patient families she so dearly loved. On March 9, 10 and 11, I will be performing “The God Box, A Daughter’s Story” in Philadelphia theaters in her honor. We will dedicate all ticket proceeds to a Tribute Fund in her name to support Spirit...

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