Mary's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Design Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Seattle, WA

MARY EGAN

Founder
Gatheredtable

“What I did when I was 23 has nothing to do with what I do today...but that doesn't mean I wish I hadn't done it.”

INTERESTS:

Entrepreneurship Food

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Fulfillment Transitions Values Risk Passion Chance Confidence Experience Education Success Choices

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

TAGS:

balance, business, business school, change, consulting, education, entrepreneurship, excitement, family, fear, flow, fulfillment, ideas, kids, negativity, passion, problem solver, social change, talent, value

BIOGRAPHY:

  • When she was 23, she was teaching math in a New York City public school.
  • She knew she loved the problem-solving aspect of teaching math, but she didn't have a passion for teaching, so she went to business school.
  • After getting her MBA, she worked at a consulting firm for 14 years.
  • As a working mother of three, she started to notice that their family dinners were often compromised by busy schedules.
  • To save time shopping and cooking, she put her organizational skills to use and made an Excel spreadsheet of recipes and ingredients.
  • She assumed that someone else would've published a similar tool on the Internet, but couldn't find anything remotely helpful.
  • Took it upon herself to start Gatheredtable to help other parents in similar situations make healthy family meals.
  • Says people get paralyzed trying to figure out where to plant their foot on the first step, but you can always pivot and make a change down the road.

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