I'm Mary Thorsby

(With my partner, Milo)

COMMUNITY BUILDER + CONNECTOR

Strategy, outreach and marketing communication

Whether you’re creating a special employee group, business partnership, speaker series, membership initiative or neighborhood alliance from scratch – or the one you have deserves a little (or a lot) more love, growth and promotion – you need me on your team.

I'm Mary Thorsby

(With my partner, Milo)

COMMUNITY BUILDER + CONNECTOR

Strategy, outreach and marketing communication

Whether you’re creating a special employee group, business partnership, speaker series, membership initiative or neighborhood alliance from scratch – or the one you have deserves a little (or a lot) more love, growth and promotion – you need me on your team.

Based in San Francisco and San Antonio, I’ve spent more than 20 years working with and advising clients including entrepreneurs, startups, Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits. From communications to promotional outreach, if you can solve a problem that you’re passionate about, I can build your community and your connections.

A lifelong learner, I’m always eager to participate in, and share best practices from, conferences, courses and events. I earned my business and journalism degrees from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and more recently earned my Entrepreneurship MBA from the University of Louisville. I’ve also taught marketing and operations management at the Fashion Institute for Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in San Francisco.

My passion for building, strengthening and connecting communities stems from my wallflower days of long ago. When I first moved to San Francisco, I’d be invited to house parties only to arrive at apartments filled with people and not knowing a single soul – with the host nowhere in sight. Too shy to introduce myself around, I’d circle the room, feel terribly overwhelmed and out of place and…leave.

I remember thinking that if I ever built up enough friendships, I’d throw my own party and personally greet everyone who walked through the door – and make a specific point to introduce my guests to one another. My goal: ensure that everyone felt welcomed, valued and celebrated, and that their time was well spent.

With that, several friends and I formed Chicks, Cheers and Charity and threw quarterly happy hour parties. These events became so popular that we started selling tickets and donating the proceeds to Bay Area nonprofits.

My philosophy of making people feel welcomed, valued and celebrated has played a key role in my world ever since. I’d be delighted to share it with your world, too.

Chicks, Cheers and Charity: Putting the fun into Fundraising

Creating a special employee group, business partnership, speaker series, membership initiative or neighborhood alliance from scratch? You need me on your team.