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Katy O'Neil

Chief Marketing Officer

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Years at Suffolk:

6 year(s)

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Past Employer/Position:

Executive Vice President of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

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Years in the Industry:

6 year(s)

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Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for the Advancement of Women and Big Sister Award

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New England Council, NAIOP Massachusetts, Boston Women's Workforce Council and Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network Advisory Board

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Community Involvement

March of Dimes and Autism Speaks

What is the most exciting thing about working in this business? What is your professional passion?

My personal professional passion is developing teams, empowering individuals and helping people succeed. I have worked with many talented people and my greatest joy is watching their success and achievements.

More specifically, I am passionate about women’s leadership. In my past life, I developed networks and professional development opportunities for women in business across Boston. When I left my previous job, I was honored to receive the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Pinnacle Award for Advancing Women. It is my proudest professional moment, and if you want to see me sing during my acceptance speech, the video is on YouTube.

What do you love to do when you aren’t at work? What is your personal passion and why?

As a mom of three kids, I am passionate about all things family: sports, family hikes, bike rides, and home-cooked meals. My sons are talented hockey and lacrosse players, so we are in the rink or on the field every weekend.

What was your favorite family experience?

Martha’s Vineyard is our family’s special place. We love the accessibility to the island from our house. We go on daily bike rides and spend time on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The food is also amazing.

What sport did you play and how did it help you professionally?

I played soccer competitively in college. My time as captain of my high school and college teams has become the foundation for which I lead at work — it takes a team, everyone has a role, never let anyone down, competition is good, and winning is the best!

What is your favorite quote?

Find your own white space. I actually stole this one from our Chief Financial Officer Puneet Mahajan. Figure out what you uniquely bring to your role, organization and team and then crush it.