Mary Cronin
Mary CroninCEO

Mary’s focus is on stimulating entrepreneurship, innovation and enabling change.  Mary helps companies accelerate their ideas and products using disruptive and lean thinking frameworks and systematic methodologies to create success, sustainability and scalability. Mary is a lean and disruptive thinking advocate.  She is a Lean thinking advocate and a Lean Launchpad Educator through Stanford university. She works to improve the pedagogy of entrepreneurship education as this is the backbone to growth in our economy and society.

Mary co-founded ThousandSeeds in 2009, which was set-up to stimulate entrepreneurship; innovation and business growth. ThousandSeeds have garnered a reputation as ‘thought leaders’ on Lean Startup principles in Ireland. Mary founded Lean Startup Dublin in 2011 which has 700+ members.  Thousandseeds have an established international footprint, working with entrepreneurs and organisations globally, from Asia through to North America.  Mary’s guest speaking events includes INSEAD Business School, France, the 2012, & 2013 Global Women’s Forum, Deauville, France, University College of Dublin & Trinity College Dublin.  Mary teaches entrepreneurship, lean thinking and systematic methodologies and works with a number of International entrepreneurial events including the ‘Cartier Women’s Initiative’ in Paris and the Global Women’s Forum in Deauville, France.

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Mary works with enterprises/SMEs helping them validate their products, business assumptions and develop opportunities.  Her work with executive teams includes finding new growth through innovative and disruptive thinking and Leadership initiatives.  Mary also mentors entrepreneurs through incubator and accelerator programs.

Mary has a strong technical background with a 20+ year track-record of achievement in technology, corporate software and the financial services sector.

Mary joined Allied Irish Bank(AIB) in 1990, as part of a start-up team to set-up Ark Life Assurance. Ark Life grew from 10 to 500+ employees. Mary had various senior IT management department roles coupled with being responsible for delivering large business-wide projects.  Mary has extensive experience in problem solving, relationship building and achieving results through people and teams. Her experience of large change programmes has given her comprehensive insight into organisational challenges and the skills required to operate in changing and demanding environments.

In 2005, Mary was part of a small team to agree the Joint Venture (merger) between Ark Life Assurance and Hibernian Life. Post the implementation of the joint venture an extensive Change Management programme was deployed including bringing together different cultures, integrating complex processes and merging numerous systems. Mary led the decoupling of the Ark Life systems and processes from AIB into Hibernian Life Holdings as well as the transition of staff and services of the IT systems and people.

Mary holds a Computer Science degree and is a Chartered Engineer. She has a higher Diploma in Executive and Business Coaching.  She is certified to use the BarOn Emotional Quotient Inventory for coaching with Emotional Intelligence for Business and Leaders.