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Mary Doherty

Mary Doherty

Vice President, Administration

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“I get energy and inspiration from the people I work with every day.”

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What technological innovation in the last few years are you the most excited about?

I would have to say my Fitbit. Every day I check to see if I hit the daily recommended 10,000 steps. Some days I do, some I don’t. It keeps me honest and inspires me to be more active.

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How many languages do you speak?

One, English.

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What was the last good book you read?

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. Honestly, I am still reading it. Love a good mystery and even better with the art world as a backdrop.

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What was your first paying job?

I worked at KFC, I literally did everything at the restaurant, including frying the chicken. I actually have not gone back to a KFC since. I guess I am just a little grossed out by it still.

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What was your favorite college course?

I had a fascinating class on New Journalism. It really was more of a history class on famous journalists in the 1960’s and 1970’s who wrote in-depth stories in for Rolling Stone, The Atlantic Monthly and Harper’s

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If you could have lunch with any person, living or dead (other than a relative) who would it be?

Sean Penn. I think he is just incredibly intriguing. He’s an amazing actor, humanitarian, and he seems like a complex and interesting person. I understand he’s a little bit of a zealot, but the work he has done in Haiti is amazing and he really has grown over the years. He is the best actor of our generation hands down.

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How did you get started in this industry?

I walked down Michigan Ave, visited companies and dropped off my resume with their receptionists (there was no Internet). I was so desperate I brought muffin baskets with my resume in the basket to get someone to talk to me. It worked, though, I suppose the HR Manager at MTV must have been hungry. They were willing to talk to me and offered me a job as a sales assistant. I typed all day, but it was a start.

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What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Emptying anything. The dishwasher, garbage, suitcases and especially the dryer. To be honest I really don’t like loading things either, but I am much more likely to load than unload.

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What is your favorite drink?

Blueberry vodka and lemonade. It’s the best. I don’t even consider it solely a summer drink, and it’s really at its best if you put a couple of actual blueberries in it.

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Why were you given your name?

It was so popular at the time; my parents clearly are not very original. Out of a graduating class of 100 students 38 were named Mary. Now no one ever names their kid Mary.

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Do you have any hidden talents?

Pretty limited. I can set a Martha-worthy table and no one irons as well as me.

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If you could live during any time period, which would it be?

During the 20’s—I love jazz and the artists of the 1920’s. The clothes were fantastic.

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Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Night owl. As a kid, I used to stay up all night to read in bed, or listened to my parents watching the Tonight Show. I rarely got to school on time. Now, I love Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, so I love the Jimmy’s. I go back and forth depending who the guest is.