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Mary M. Byers's Bio:

Mary Byers is a national speaker who is dedicated to helping people live and work more fully. An award-winning communicator and member of the National Speakers Association, Byers has been speaking professionally since 1988. She currently consults with, and speaks to, a wide variety of associations, corporations, civic groups, women’s groups, and social service agencies. She is also a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers and the Christian Authors Network.

In her new book, How to Say No...and Live to Tell About It, Byers tackles the challenges of overwhelmed and overworked women, teaching them strategies for saying no in order to protect limited resources of time, talent, and finances. A former “yes-aholic,” Byers discusses how to say no graciously and without feelings of guilt as she offers tips women can use to evaluate commitments, priorities, and energy levels so they can realistically decide what to take on.

A professional writer for 20 years, Byers is the author of The Mother Load: How to Meet Your Own Needs While Caring for Your Family and has written for several publications, including Entrepreneur, Association Management, and the Fort Wayne News Sentinel. She also contributed to For the Write Reason: 31 Writers, Agents and Editors Share Their Experiences with Christian Publishing. In addition, she is currently a columnist for two professional trade publications and managing editor for a quarterly journal.

Byers is a frequent media guest, discussing women’s topics on national radio and television programs produced by Crossroads Christian Communications, LeSea Broadcasting, North American Mission Board, Moody Broadcasting, Trinity TV, and the Total Living Network. She has been quoted in Woman’s Day, Parents and Organic Style magazines and featured in the State Journal-Register, The Pantagraph, and The Janesville Gazette.

The founder of Word Works, Byers graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Telecommunications. She is also a Certified Association Executive. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, she worked as Director of Communications and Member Services for the Illinois State Dental Society, as Director of Advertising for the International Order of the Golden Rules, and as Assistant Advertising Director of Marine Bank of Springfield, Illinois.

Byers served as a Board Member for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Sangamon County, Illinois and was named Big Sister of the Year in 1992. The Illinois Society of Association Executives recognized her with its Association Excellence Award in 1996 and its President’s Award in 1997. She has also received many other awards for publishing and promotion. 

Byers and her husband, Stuart, reside in Illinois with their two youngest children, nine-year- old Marissa and seven-year-old Mason.


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