Mary Margaret Skelly

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My career in executive search has allowed me to observe some of the most senior and influential business leaders in the world. Those who are most engaged have aligned their purpose to the work they do. I’m motivated to serve companies led by leaders who sincerely want to provide these opportunities. I joined Y Scouts because of our approach – we connect purpose-based and performance-proven leaders with mission-focused companies who will welcome them – and the clients we are privileged to work with.

Our clients offer a socially responsible product or service. They elevate how business is conducted. They understand that business as usual is unsustainable and increasingly unprofitable. They realize that doing right by the world, each in their own way, is both rewarding and remunerative.

I have experience executing a wide variety of searches, including Chief Executive Officer, Board of Director, Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, Chief Marketing Officer, and Chief Human Resources Officer mandates for publicly held and private organizations of all sizes within financial services, healthcare, technology, consumer markets, and professional services.

I graduated with a BA in English from the University of Notre Dame and began my career at Heidrick & Struggles, one of the largest global executive search firms, in Chicago. I spent time in the private equity practice in the firm’s New York office before joining Google in Mountain View. There I was on a team focused on building a strategic in-house executive recruiting function. I then returned to Heidrick & Struggles in the firm’s San Francisco office in the Board Director and General Counsel practices.

I am also a:

  • Firm believer in food as medicine
  • Phoenix native
  • Best friend to an English Springer Spaniel named Charlie
  • Fiction and poetry lover (David Whyte, Pat Conroy, Diana Gabaldon, Sloane Crosley and Ernest Hemingway are some favorite writers)