University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Mary Contini Gordon

Lifetouch Portrait Studios

Dr. Mary Contini Gordon is a researcher with years of experience examining organizational issues in the public and private sectors. She was the executive director of the Hughes Institute for Professional Development and oversaw professional and executive development across all five Hughes Companies and then after the merger with Raytheon headed an innovation services group. After retiring, she became the facilitator for the Arizona Technology Council's CEO Network in Tucson, mostly small companies and family businesses. Her degrees and background in theater, TV production, and educational psychology contribute to her use of vignettes to bring the reader into the heart of the story. Her first book, Tiq Slo'w, the Making of a Modern Day Chief (2013), a book about leadership, is used in coursework at UCLA. Her current book, Chiriaco Summit Built by Love to Last in the Desert (2017), a four-generation family/business history, has been the basis of many family story workshops in many states.

Dr. Gordon's research method, which she refers to as Her-History Method, is featured on the Great Lakes College Association and the Baylor University oral history sites Reviewers have commented that while her research is solid her writing has a novelistic flair. Dr. Gordon is dedicated to telling the stories of those who may not be well known but contribute mightily to the fabric of this country.

Scheduled events:
Workshop: Writing Your Family Story
Southwest research expert Dr. Mary Contini Gordon will reveal a genealogy search strategy that’s both fun and productive. Topics include interviewing, outlining, finding/using photos, documents, letters, maps and organizing the information for quick retrieval when writing. She will show examples from finished projects. You will leave with starter ideas and templates to take home.

Integrated Learning Center Room 119 (Seats 60, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Book / Movie Biz
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Mary Gordon

Chiriaco Summit: Built by Love to Last in the Desert
History / Biography
July 2017
ISBN 9781627874656
$19.95, INSTOCK
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Tiq Slo'w, the Making of a Modern Day Chief
History / Biography
Amethyst Moon
August 2013
ISBN 9781938714177
316 pages
$22.99, INSTOCK
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TIQ SLO'W is the ethnographic biography of a Native American Chief, Charlie Cooke, a man who by many counts could not exist. More/less

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Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

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Marshall Foundation

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