Mary Nichols, Account Director at Murmur Creative and Mother of Six

Superwoman Summit Session:

Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on First

As the mother of six kids, and being the Account Director of a growing creative agency, Mary will talk about how essential it is to take care of yourself first, before you can be your best self for others. Let go of your guilt and learn some strategies to manage your busy life. It’s not always easy, but it can be done! 

About Mary:

Mary is fiercely loyal to the promotion of an economically, and ecologically, sustainable city, and she thrives on promoting ideas, building communities, and helping businesses grow.

Her network is vast and includes some of Portland’s finest creators, investors, revolutionaries, and lawmakers. She prolifically promotes the issues and organizations she believes in, as she is a firm believer in the evolution of both self and craft in ALL of the work she does.

With no previous political experience, she ran the successful social media campaign for Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, and was honored to be chosen as one of the Portland 10, a group of ten people Prichard Communications believes to be current and future change makers of the city of Portland.

Mary is currently the Account Director for Murmur Creative, a creative agency specializing in branding, web and print design. She is passionate about helping businesses grow and crafting stellar brand experiences for such clients as Zupan's Markets, Columbia Land Trust, and Cascade Brewing.

She is also the Chief Domestic Officer of Nichols, LLC, a small start-up company which she grew into an impressive eight member corporation in nine years with six direct reports.

Leading up to The Superwoman Summit, we asked Mary a few questions:

What do you think is the greatest challenge facing professional women who want to excel?

The need to be nice, not have anyone mad at them, and taking care of everyone but themselves.

If you have one piece of advice for professional women when it comes to leadership, what would it be?

As you grow in your career, you will continue making mistakes. Keep learning from them. You can't be everyone's friend, but you can be kind, respectful and a good example.

Name a female leader you admire and why:

Erma Bombeck. She was a journalist who became a stay-at-home mom. She took the humor from her life and her writing and figured out how to work from home and continue to raise her kids. She was also a big force behind the Equal Rights Amendment, much to the dismay of conservatives (who stopped buying her books). She never forgot "There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt." I still read her quotes whenever I'm at my wit's end with my kids, or I just need a laugh.

What is your favorite quote to inspire women leaders?

"It's time to stoke your fire and surround yourself with people who will fan your flames." I heard this at a recent yoga class and agree 100%!

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