Where to begin when telling the life story of a Savant?
Marie O’Riordan MPRCA MAM. Senior Public Relations & Communications Manager, 10-Time National, European, North American & International Award-Winning Public Relations & Communications, Marketing & Media Specialist & an International Business Awards Judge
Marie is a people-centric former Chief Management Consultant & two-time Chief Communications Officer (CCO) from Ireland who has addressed audiences on Public Relations, Communications, Marketing, Media and Success Psychology on stages around the world from the Dubai World Trade Centre to international annual conventions in Las Vegas as well as Guest Lecturer at University College London (UCL), The Tower Club Fort Lauderdale, Dharubaaruge Convention Centre The Maldives, L’Universite Paris Descartes (Paris V), Club Quarters Trafalgar Square, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Phoenix, Sedona, Denver, Boston, Clearwater, Calgary, Geneva, Dubrovnik, Ephesus, Venice, Bari, Athens, Beaumont Estate Windsor, Manchester, Birmingham, Wales, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, Cork, Croke Park, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), RDS Longines Dublin International Horse Show and University of Limerick (UL).
Next-generation methods in her work as a former high-level Consultant and CCO as well as a Media, Marketing, Public Relations, and Communications Experimentalist/Theorist, saw her advise Fortune 500 and NYSE-listed companies in the United States, Barclays Premier League teams in the United Kingdom, Hollywood movie studios, a two-time Grammy award winner in the United States, multiple royal families, governments, United Nations organisations and a broad selection of industries and businesses worldwide. Additionally, as a natural negotiator and people person, international governments invited Marie to accompany delegations on long-haul multi-country trade missions between nations in Asia and Europe.
When Marie was 10 months old, her family realised that she was problem-solving. As a preschooler, her Eidetic (more popularly known as Photographic Memory) became apparent when the young girl memorised multiple complete collections of adult and children’s encyclopedia sets, telephone books, and the golden pages. A University Professor at a leading School of Medicine took a keen interest in Marie’s abilities. She was taken aback by the international expert’s findings – “Massive Savant skills. I have never met anyone as talented as her before. The IQ is extremely high.”
O’Riordan spent over 15 years working full-time in media as a Broadcast News Journalist, Presenter and Senior Producer. In addition, she spent 6 years prior to that building up experience from when she was 13-years-old on the air on national and local radio. At 14, she branched into national TV and by 15 had become a national award-winning Short Filmmaker. Also in her teens, she graduated from a private college and Business School qualified in Media Techniques: Journalism and Radio, and Public Administration. Over the past 31 years, she has built up extensive media experience internationally.
In 2011, alumni from two programmes that she graduated from in International Event Management in Los Angeles, after being selected from a list of candidates worldwide, include former US President, Bill Clinton, Apple, IBM, Disney, six-time Academy Award Winner, Francis Ford Coppola, Panasonic, Intel, Motorola, Mitsubishi, Shell, Canon, and 3M. The same year, she also graduated from a stock market trading programme. She has been involved with 5 books on Personal Development that became International No.1 Best Sellers.
Marie has always been passionate about helping underdogs in society, especially Double Minorities and those who are part of the LGBT community, Neurodiverse individuals who are High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder Savants, people with rare personality types, especially an MBTI of INFJ and people living with Migraine. Volunteering and philanthropy have played a major role in her life ever since two children died in the family when she was young. Marie first volunteered in a hospital in France as a teenager. Since then, she has embarked on humanitarian missions around the world. In 2006, she volunteered in an orphanage in Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya. In December 2011, she was presented with an International Honorary Award for her philanthropic educational work through technology in Africa at a gala ball in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates hosted by the Middle East Internet Awards. She accepted the trophy in memory of the two children who died.
Marie O’Riordan was the last person to interview the late Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa, Saint Teresa of Calcutta, in her home in Calcutta, India in 1997. She was making a radio documentary on the impact of the Irish on the lives of people surviving the chronically overpopulated slums. This experience in the Third World left a lasting impression on her.
A segment of the Top 5 results from her 8+ years of Language Patterns research into Olympians was featured by Entrepreneur magazine in America during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by a multiple-olympian and TV presenter on The Olympics on NBC show. Her entire career, Marie has been passionate about results. From 2009 to 2017, she consulted for FORTUNE 500s all the way up to Chairman, President, and CEO level. In June and October 2016, she was in London for 10 days of consulting for FTSE 250-listed companies regarding Brexit.
Marie is a Member of the Public Relations & Communications Association in the United Kingdom, a Member of The Academy of Marketing in the United Kingdom, and a Member of the New Media Professionals Association (NMPA) within the New York-based New Media Institute (NMI). She is a former Full Staff Member of The National Union of Journalists (NUJ).
Marie O’Riordan is Senior Public Relations & Communications Manager at Prepaid Financial Services Limited (PFS) @PrepaidFS #FinTech #WomenInTech https://prepaidfinancialservices.com
Wikipedia article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_O’Riordan
Read her life story on Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/marketing-strategies-from-the-top-embrace-millennials/
No.2 on Media HQ’s Top 4 List of Irish Female Game Changers acknowledging “women who are moving mountains in their industries & inspiring women & young girls to be bold & unstoppable” https://mediahq.com/blog/2019/03/07/international-womens-day-female-game-changers/
18 on the list of 50 Exemplary PR Pros to Follow on Twitter https://www.prdaily.com/Marketing/Articles/fecbbefd-e67b-498b-b908-f34922d19f89.aspx
Buzzfeed’s (NBCUniversal-backed) 14 Ideas from Prominent Marketers About How to Successfully Market Your Product https://www.buzzfeed.com/aaronfriedman39/14-guerrilla-marketing-strategies-that-wont-cost-3nki9
The StartUp Growth’s Expert Round-Up: How Do You Get Placements with Media https://thestartupgrowth.com/
Featured in Observe global magazine’s “Rethinking Diversity” https://odgers-prod-neu-cdn-tm-endpoint.azureedge.net/media/8002/observe-17.pdf
Professor Lilia Stoyanov’s Tranformify is backed by the University of Oxford and Richard Branson. Read her interview with Marie on Neurodiversity https://www.transformify.org/blog/blogger-s-island/neurodiversity-marie-oriordan-on-the-sense-of-belonging