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Rady School of Management

Mary A. McKay, ED.D. is a member of the teaching faculty at the Rady School of Management, University of California San Diego where she has built a reputation for high-demand/high-reward student experiences. Her academic interests include leadership, diverse teams, personal ethics, and leader development. In 2016, Mary was honored with a Distinguished Teaching Award by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at UCSD. In 2017, she was featured in the series Behind the Lectern, published by the UCSD Guardian. She was also part of the leadership team who developed UCSD’s new Business Psychology major. On the horizon is her new UCSD Global Seminar offering to be taught in Dublin and London in the summer of 2019. This 5-week course encompasses topics of leadership and diverse teams, focusing on issues relating to the global war for talent.

In addition to her full-time appointment as a Continuing Lecturer for undergraduate programs, Mary is also on faculty at Rady’s Center for Executive Development where her course offerings include: Actionable Leadership, Power and Leadership, Leading Across Generations, and 360 Degree Effectiveness: Impact and Influence at Work. She teaches custom and open enrollment programs throughout the year.

Before joining Rady, Mary split her professional commitments between consulting and teaching. As a principal of McKay & McKay, she enjoyed a diverse client base across multiple sectors, and was recognized for her expertise in change initiatives and infrastructure development. Mary received her doctoral degree in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego, the first program of its kind in the United States. She is an experienced public speaker and group facilitator. Mary resides in San Diego with her family.

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