Networking in the business world results in increased relationships. Add to these business contacts other personal relationships and the average individual has a vast connection of people and relationships from which to draw upon. One of the positive realities of all these relationships is the opportunity to leverage them for business, career and personal growth. You may be wondering, however, what exactly does it mean to “leverage relationships” and how can you make the most of the ones you have?

Join us to hear from Mary Stengel Austen, president and chief executive officer of Tierney Communications, Philadelphia, as well as the 2010 Paradigm winner, the region’s most prestigious award for businesswomen presented by the Chamber. Ms. Austen co-founded The Tierney Group in 1989, a predecessor to today’s Tierney Communications. With 144 employees in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, it is one of the mid-Atlantic region’s largest communications agencies and a member of the Interpublic Group of companies (NYSE:IPG). Ms. Austen will discuss how she leveraged her relationships to build Tierney, enhance her opportunities for success and become a leader in the business community.

Mary is a passionate Philadelphia business executive, committed to building her company and to enhancing the social fabric of the community through her energetic involvement in many activities and causes. A member of the Executive Committee of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Austen serves on a number of other Boards including Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital (vice-chair), Lafayette College, Main Line Health, and Steppingstone Scholars, Inc. She is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and the Forum of Executive Women.

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