Marybeth has specialized in corporate communications since graduating from the University of Virginia. She worked for two of the largest human resources and benefits consulting firms — Hewitt Associates and Towers Perrin — before starting her own agency in 1996. That company she started in her apartment bedroom is now Chemistry Communications with clients from coast to coast and in dozens of industries.
She has won a Gold Quill from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and several other awards from the IABC and Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
When not working, she is busy with her family — one husband, four boys from age 10 to 20, three cats, one dog, one fish, one hamster and 120,000 bees. (Yes, you read that right. They’re also beekeepers and bottle their own honey.) When she comes up for air, she can generally be found sewing, reading, powerwalking, or in front of her computer again working on her novel or blog. She and her family moved from suburbia to inner-city Atlanta in 2015 and are loving every minute of it.
Favorites: Going to country concerts with her 18yo son, The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy, Atlanta Braves baseball, her mother’s macaroni and cheese, peanut m&ms, the smell of Coppertone suntan lotion, long walks while listening to a Freakonomics podcast, and re-watching all seven seasons of The West Wing sequentially.
Prides Herself On: Her banana pudding. Finishing three half-marathons, including one when she and her husband held hands the entire time and skipped for about 1/4 of a mile. Recognizing actors in movies and telling you what other roles they’ve played before anyone else in the room.
Funniest Communication Challenge: Explaining to employees what a “hazardous hobby” is and why it’s not covered by the Medical Plan. (In case you’re wondering, mud bogging is covered. Sky diving is not.)
Theme Song to Her Life: “Riff Off” from the Pitch Perfect soundtrack. Great lines and great tunes all jumbled together in a way that totally makes sense.
Check out Marybeth's latest adventure on her personal blog Life in Avoid.