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Mary Choi Smith

Senior Manager
Chicago, IL
What are you most passionate about in your job?

Every day presents an opportunity to model ways of working that can help clients, colleagues, and me. I love the dynamic and varied nature of our work, whether it’s collaborating with different teams on different projects, or learning new information and perspectives. 

What's the weirdest thing that ever happened to you while traveling for Collective Next?

In a 3.5 week period, I facilitated five sessions in Seoul, Taipei, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Beijing. Between terrific work sessions, I squeezed in zoos, temples, museums, open-air markets, and exotic food. In Beijing I attended a rock concert, hiked the Great Wall, and wandered around Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

What's the strangest job you ever had?

Church organist, my senior year of high school. I once lost count, and added an extra “Hallelujah” to Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” Sorry, Georg.



Mary is not only a gifted facilitator, but she is also a gifted songwriter, composer, and pianist. In addition to jamming with her band in her off time, she also has been known to provide live background music for internal conference calls.

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