Maryanne DiMarzo is a trailblazer. After devoting over 25 years to the practice of HR, she left corporate life at the top of her game, retiring from Avaya, one of America’s leading technology companies, as Chief Operating Officer of Human Resources. She is widely acknowledged for merging the business application of leadership at every executive level, with the traditional HR practices of recruiting new talent. Maryanne started working in 1976 as an adjunct professor of Behavioral Science at Westchester Community College, New York; concurrently she was a Social Science teacher at Briarcliff High School. She holds a master’s degree in teaching from Manhattanville College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rosemont College. In 1984, Maryanne was appointed Dean of Pace University, Westchester Campuses, New York. Since 2013 she has been an esteemed member of the Association of Psychological Type International (APTI).  She believes that all people in every office, whether at a conference table or at their workspace, are unique to themselves with their own personality type. A certified MBTI Master Practitioner, Maryanne formed Beacon People Solutions in 2007 with colleague and friend, Amy Acker. Maryanne’s work will be highlighted this fall in the firm’s debut book, HIDDEN TALENTS, in which she features real-life scenarios combining business leadership skills with the development and ethical use of personality type theory. 

Amy Acker has always had her eyes on the ball. A graduate of Pace University class of 1988 with a degree in Human Resources Management, she attended Pace on a basketball scholarship where she was a two-time Academic All-American. She went on to graduate in 1992 with an MBA in Strategic Management and Planning, also from Pace. In 1996, Amy was recruited to join Lucent Technologies where she began as a senior human resources generalist. In 1998 she became the Director of Human Resources for New Ventures dedicated to incubating start-up businesses for Lucent Technologies.  In 2000, Lucent announced their separate enterprise business now known as Avaya. Asked to join the executive team as one of the founding vice presidents she was also designated the senior human resources business partner for both the global finance and the global information technology sectors. A dedicated philanthropist, Amy was formerly President of the non-profit organization Association for Psychological Type International, and currently presides as President of the Indian River Impact 100. In 2007 Amy co-founded the prestigious consulting agency Beacon People Solutions. In her spare time, you’ll find Amy working in her garden. And practicing her jump shots.

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