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My Story

It all started with water.

 

Images coming to life in the darkroom while Billie Holiday echoed off metal sinks. I fell in love with photography and chased it with abandon.

 

Italy. Greece. Turkey.

Moments captured, purpose stirring.   

 

Years later, I added sound. Narratives were built and stories came to life.

Instead of parachuting into the news story, ‘taking’ what I needed, I stayed longer, giving the microphone to people so they could speak for themselves. 

 

I was hooked - and flying.

 

California. Colorado. India. Nepal. 

 

No matter the location, language or culture, I could connect. I was able to put people at ease so they could speak their truth.

 

In fact, success was a direct result of everything that happened before and after the shutter clicked or mic turned on. Inevitable power dynamics were at play, but we connected as equals. 

 

I chose photography. 

I chose sound.

But video chose me.

 

When my newsroom embraced the medium, my job depended on it.

 

Always a lifelong learner, I kept volunteering - and failing. I had to relearn everything.

Instead of reacting, I had to anticipate.

 

Instead of documenting what was in front of me, I had to read the room and move my body so the camera was in the right place at the right time. 

 

But I also had to quickly build trust.

 

Video is intimate. It captures someone’s appearance, their voice, but also, their movement - and that’s where the magic lies.

 

It’s not what you say, but how you say it that matters, because people can smell fake a mile away.

 

Congo. Rwanda. Haiti. 

 

Every assignment challenged me to sink into the environment, quickly figure out dynamics at play, and understand all that was not being said. 

 

Suddenly, I was right where I wanted to be - simply pointing a camera and empowering people to tell their own story.

 

There is power in video, and when life circumstances changed, I brought it into higher education.

Harvard Business School. Brazil. Israel. Japan.

I lifted the camera and let MBA students speak. I helped faculty hone their message. I helped alumni crystalize how their experience propelled them forward.

Every story was an opportunity to connect with prospective students craving to see themselves reflected back. Do I have what it takes? Will I flourish there? Will they choose me? 

I continue to tell HBS stories, but as my passion to empower runs deeper, as the problems we face grow larger, I’m turning my attention to you.

You, who see the world for what it could be.

You, who is determined to make a difference.

You, who is ready to dig deeper in order to reach higher heights.

Ready to get to work? I can't wait to meet you!

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Sudbury, MA 01776

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maryknox@thoughtleadermedia.co