MaryAnne Howland

Founder, President & Chief Excitement Officer, Ibis Communications, Inc.

MaryAnne Howland is the Founder, President & Chief Excitement Officer, Ibis Communications, Inc. and Founder & CEO, Global Diversity Leadership Exchange. She leads a team of creative professionals at Ibis Communications who work together to provide comprehensive marketing solutions including branding, advertising, public relations, direct and digital marketing for external and internal audiences.  The company specializes in bridging to new markets with innovative and inclusive communications that have multicultural and social impact.

MaryAnne is regularly engaged in leading strategy and messaging in communications.  She has been diversity and multicultural marketing consultant to well known brands such as HCA Healthcare Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Toyota, N.A., and Vanderbilt University. Ibis has worked alongside the cable and telecommunications industry for nearly twenty years with leading networks, MSOs and organizations such as Comcast, TV One, Scripps Networks, Black Entertainment Television (BET), National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), and the Walter Kaitz Foundation.  She is a member of the NAMIC Multicultural Marketing Committee and a judge for the cable industry’s annual Excellence in Multicultural Marketing Awards (EMMA).  In 2010, MaryAnne represented the cable industry as a member of the People to People Cable and Telecommunications Marketing Delegation to India.

During the Obama Administration, she has attended four White House Summits: Women Leaders in Climate Finance and Investment, Women and the Environment conducted by the EPA, White House Business Council as a participant in Business Forward, and the Green Business Summit led by the American Sustainable Business Council.  During the Clinton Administration, recognition for the success of her business led to the prestigious honor of an invitation to lunch on Capitol Hill for a White House tribute to the nation’s Women Business Leaders.

MaryAnne is co-founder and CEO of the Global Diversity Leadership Exchange, an on-going dialogue with C-Suite level executives on global diversity, inclusion and sustainability in the US, BRICS nations, and other emerging markets. The first and second annual summits were held at the New York Stock Exchange in February 2013.

MaryAnne currently serves on the board of the American Sustainable Business Council, www.asbcouncil.org. The mission of American Sustainable Business Council is to advance public policies that ensure a vibrant, just, and sustainable economy. She is past chair of Social Venture Network, the premiere organization of mission-driven social entrepreneurs who are transforming the way the world does business.MaryAnne is a member of the Nashville Area Chamber’s Prosperity Leaders and the 2013-2014 Vital Signs Action Team. MaryAnne has also been “Redefining the Mommy Track” as a business owner, community leader, and proud single mom of her 19-year-old son, John Robert. (Ebony Magazine, 2008)

MaryAnne has a B.S. in Communication, Boston University School of Communication, 1978 and had further professional development at Executive Education at University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2012, Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth, 2010, and CTAM U Executive Management Training Program, Harvard University, 2009.