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.