Dr. Mary Contini Gordon crosswalks between the analytical and the creative. Her background makes her a bona fide researcher and an engaging writer. Mary has written stories, plays, and poems since childhood usually for private audiences, but with Charlie Cooke's book, as she calls it, Mary has stepped out into the public sector.
Mary Louise Contini Gordon holds advanced degrees in theater, TV production, and educational psychology. For a time she produced and developed educational media and hosted a local TV talk show in Thousand Oaks, California. Dr. Gordon encountered Charlie Cooke as a guest on one of her shows. Not long after, she became the executive director of the Hughes Institute for Professional Development, overseeing executive education. Around the same time, she volunteered at a National Park site where Charlie Cooke was a central figure. Mary Gordon observed him in action and was struck by his effective leadership style. She thought to herself then that she would write about him one day.
Dr. Gordon had managed large ethnographic research projects for major corporations, including a book on business anthropology. So she took in stride that Charlie Cooke's book required acquiring, managing, and analyzing massive amounts of narrative data, always with the goals of not losing the spirit that is TIQ SLO'W and immersing the reader in varied scenes across decades and causes. In addition to writing, Dr. Gordon enjoys nature trips with the families of her four children, Greg, Dan, Sara, and Rebecca, who beckon from their homes in different places across North America.
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