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Mary Parks Stier

2012 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame Honoree:  Mary Parks Stier

"Time and again during our work together, I marveled at her ability to rally her team, executives, sales personnel to action. Her inspiration and timing – offering just the right insight, clarity at just the right moment - was remarkable. Many times I witnessed her ability to connect problems and opportunities with the right problem solvers and empower them through adversity to success."
-Laura Hollingsworth

Mary Parks Stier

Mary Parks Stier is an accomplished media executive and visionary Iowa leader who blazes trails to empower women to reach their highest potential. Born in Memphis in 1956, Stier attended the University of Iowa and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978.  Fresh out of college, she began her career with the Gannett Company, Inc. when she joined the Iowa City Press-Citizen. In 1991, she was promoted to the President and Publisher to the Register Star in Rockford, Ill.  She returned to Iowa in 2000 to serve as the President and Publisher of the Des Moines Register.  Stier empowered women to strive for roles of leadership through her career and community service, always encouraging women to come together and learn from each other’s experiences. She has helped place 15 women into top roles as publishers, taught a class entitled “The Emerging Leadership of Women in the 21st Century” at Drake University, hosted and shared her own story at the 2004 Smart Talk Women’s Lecture series, and started The Brilliance Group, which mission is to “bring the wisdom and grace of women’s leadership into the world.” She blogs twice a week on women’s leadership issues on her website and continues to inspire woman leaders through her example.