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Spring Market 2016 Keynote Speaker. Mary Fisher – author, artist, advocate, social entrepreneur – is a global leader in the arena of social change through positive thought and action. Her early experience first in public and commercial broadcast media, then in high-profile positions – she was the first female “advance man” in the history of the American presidency – equipped her to urge transformation in healthcare, revise perceptions and responses to AIDS, enable women’s global empowerment through and inspire others to seek fulfilling, joyful lives.

A renaissance woman, Mary landed on every front page with her stunning keynote address speaking truth to power at the 1992 Republican National Convention, a speech since ranked among “the best 100 American speeches of the 20th Century” (Oxford University Press). Diagnosed with HIV in 1991 and with breast cancer in 2012, she retains an exuberant, eclectic style in her life, her words and her design.

She has trained women worldwide to use her original concepts to find pride and dignity in work. The recipient of four honorary doctorates and countless tributes, Mary’s an outspoken advocate for the most vulnerable members of society. She’s addressed governments and audiences around the world, authored six books including her current best-selling memoir, MESSENGER, and is currently launching the latest expression of her creative philosophy, The 100 Good Deeds Bracelet sold in partnership with “America’s Department Store” on macys.com.

Her sculpture, handmade papers, jewelry and fiber arts, earned kudos while she refined a design aesthetic that is at once elegant and accessible, subtle and contemporary.