Maura has practical experience of driving and managing change while leading local civic organizations in the United States in the 1980s. She taught undergraduate courses in change management at the Singapore Institute of Management and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in the early 1990s. She started management consultancy work in 1993, helping multi-national companies based in Hong Kong move their operations to China.
She led the Learning and Development team in Asia at AlliedSignal and then Honeywell. From 1997 to 2001 Maura oversaw the design of a comprehensive training curriculum primarily focused on communication, management and leadership skills as Honeywell tripled in size over four years. She assisted in organization development, talent management and succession planning.
Maura’s Asia experience and expertise in cross-cultural communication particularly benefit companies with culturally diverse partners and employees. Her skills are especially in demand in a region where an understanding of the values that drive behavior, and the ability to extract value out of diversity, have become essential to business. She has an MA in Intercultural Relations from Antioch University, Ohio, in addition to a BA from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, and studied Mandarin in Taiwan after graduation.
She lives in Hong Kong, where she was a vice-president on the board of governors of the American Chamber of Commerce and co-founder of the Women of Influence Awards.