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Oct. 6, 2020

Becoming a better leader through adversity with Mary Abbajay | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker

Becoming a better leader through adversity with Mary Abbajay | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mary Abbajay, President Careerstone Group and author of Managing Up, talks about her story of resilience, journey to leadership transformation and becoming a successful consultant and author.

Some highlights:

1. How Mary Abbajay overcome her insecurities despite having Bell's Palsy 

2. Lessons learned from owning and managing a bar 

3. Struggles with selling as a consultant

4.  Leading change at Leadership Greater Washington

5. Tips on approaching challenges in organizations

6. The story behind Mary Abbajay’s Managing Up book

7.  Having Imposter syndrome even with all the success

Mentioned in this episode:

Book Authors

Adam Grant

Brenee Brown

Book Recommendation

The Art of Possibility by Benjamin Zander


How we made this 

Hidden Brain

Ted Talks 

Connect with Mary Abbajay:

Careerstone Group 

Managing Up The Book

Linkedin:Mary Abbajay 

Twitter: @maryabbajay 

Facebook: @maryabbajay

Instagram: @maryabbajay

Connect with Mahan Tavakoli:


More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: 


Mary AbbajayProfile Photo

Mary Abbajay

Author of Managing Up; President of Careerstone Group

Mary Abbajay, author of the award-winning, best-selling Managing Up: How to Move Up, Win at Work, and Succeed with Any Type of Boss is the president of Careerstone Group, LLC, a full service organizational and leadership development consultancy that delivers leading-edge talent and organizational development solutions to business and government. As a sought-after author, speaker, consultant, and trainer, Mary helps clients develop the strategies, skills and sensibilities needed for success in the 21st century. Her expertise lies in helping clients create dynamic and productive workplaces that foster professional and personal excellence and growth. Mary is a frequent expert contributor for television, radio and print publications where she provides practical leadership and career advice. In addition to her role as a Forbes.com contributor, her work and advice have appeared in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, The Financial Times, Money Magazine, Southwest Airlines Magazine, Monster, and the BBC.

In 2010, Mary was named as one of Washington Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business and was a Smart CEO Brava Award recipient in 2017.