Hi there – I’m Mary Ann Glueckert and I am enjoying my new lifestyle in Loudoun County. I’m passionate about helping girls find their potential in STEAM careers. I have come to realize that STEAM careers offer girls the opportunity to be financially independent and allow them to make choices they might not have otherwise! The future of our nation and the world depends on more STEAM degreed individuals and that means more girls in these careers! Why STEAM? – STEM visionaries need Arts & Design experts knowledgable in STEM areas to help sell the product, package the product and make the product usable for all! I’ve been working with Girls In Technology since late 2008 and founded a GIT team in Loudoun in 2012 and we are having a wonderful time working with girls to encourage them to find their passion in STEAM! I’m also playing some golf,sculpting and painting and recently framed and hung my first masterpiece.
Last year I was honored to become involved with a new foundation named STEAMdInc.Org, my dear friend Norma Henry founded STEAMdInc to help girls develop their passion to find careers in STEAM. It has been a great year as we completed our first school program and are now adding schools to our program. It’s FULL STEAM ahead so if you are interested in sharing your passion to help girls, please connect with me.
My career began selling women’s dresses and suits for “The Sample”, a Buffalo, New York department store out of high school while I decided what I wanted to do – soon I was managing departments and teams. It was fun and challenging and every day was different. In the back of my mind I wondered if I should be doing something else but always the answer was no, I’m doing what I love!
I joined the Gap as an Assistant Manager in Training and was promoted to Assistant Manager the next month. Within six months I was promoted to Store Manager and asked to relocate as Store Manager for the Gap for Girls in Hyannis, MA. I returned to Buffalo, the following year to take a higher volume store and continue to work in larger stores and managing teams up to 60 members. After 10 years, I moved to Williams-Sonoma. After opening the Buffalo, NY store and managing it for a few years, I then accepted a position as the “Point Of Sale Manager” in San Francisco at the headquarters, I travelled extensively training and designing software updates with the developer as well as creating training materials. I was also charged to create the first users ‘help desk’ for our stores, it was fun to be on the go!
I arrived in Washington, DC twenty plus years ago to run the Williams-Sonoma Georgetown store which was losing money, I made it profitable and they moved me to Mazza Gallerie. It was the best move of my life, I met and married my husband, had a beautiful baby girl and was offered another position, but decided to stay home with our daughter!
Through my retail management experience I’ve learned that the slightest changes in the way you present products on the shelf can generate an increase in business. I found I could arrange displays as well as any designer and thoroughly enjoyed this part of my job. It’s the same for your wardrobe, mixing pieces from your closet can change the your look. For years after my father passed away I wore his hounds-tooth jacket, I rolled the sleeves and wore it with jeans or black slacks, eventually, I gave it to charity! I wore it with turtlenecks in the winter and a white tee shirt in the spring and fall. You see you can make a great jacket or blazer work almost four seasons if you pair it with the right items!
Later when living abroad I was able to shop for clothes, fabrics and home accessories in London, Paris, Milan, Berlin, Istanbul, Brussels, Brugge, Edinburgh, Dublin and everywhere in between! Walking down the Champs Elysees on a wonderful sunny day, shopping the designer boutiques is so exciting! The shop employees are so happy you stopped in to see their selection – I know the feeling, its wonderful to share beautiful things with you! Consequently, I’ve mastered the art of combining great individual pieces to create an overall “look” in clothing and in the home.
Returning from abroad, I became involved in the church and school community as our daughter entered kindergarten. I became the Chairperson of the Finance Council at church. Later, I had a couple of small businesses working as a contractor for a headhunter during the Internet boom and afterwards as the business partner for a Tutoring company we founded.
As our daughter approached high school it was time to begin thinking what the next phase of my life would be and that’s when I was introduced to direct selling companies for women’s apparel – I liked the idea of running my own business again – what I didn’t know was as I started it, the financial world was crumbling but by that time I was already in love again with Doncaster!
I spent 5 years of my career working with professional women who value a trusted confidant to define her personal style and helping each woman build a multi-purpose wardrobe. I loved the clothes and still wear many of the beautiful things I purchased for myself.
Retirement, not really!
Three years ago in Dec. 2013, I retired to focus on my work with Girls In Technology and then in 2015 joined the board of STEAMdInc.Org The most challenging position I have had in my life is raising our daughter who will be graduating from college soon and helping her to realize her potential. It has made me focus – coaching girls to find their passion and help them develop their path so they can be financially independent is very rewarding. – I finally found what I had been searching to do when I grew up! I believe that we need to help our girls understand they can choose jobs that they love and add Technology to help them develop positions for the future. It is a fact that the worst crimes in the world are on girls and women and I truly believe that women who are financially independent are able to make better choices for themselves and their families. Additionally, we would like to work with female veterans as well as abused women to help them learn skills to help pull their families out of poverty. Women empowering women to be their best is my mantra, but I think starting with girls is the way to change lives.