I strive to make a difference in people’s lives in order to help them reach their potential.
Why do you believe honoring achievement is important?
Honoring achievement is important as it can help boost confidence and increase motivation of the recipient/team, leading to happier and more productive individuals/teams. Individuals feel valued that their success is being recognized and they receive positive feedback.
Recognition can inspire others to do something that can make an impact in the community. There are so many problems that need to be solved in every community, and recognition can highlight some of those needs and be a source of ideas for others to contribute to the good of the community. The more people are motivated to get involved, the better it is for our community.
I am personally humbled by this recognition and applaud the efforts of all the Women of Achievement in 2023 and past years. Thank you for making a difference in our community and inspiring me to continue to look for ways that I can contribute to the success of our community.
What insights have you gained in your career that would inspire others?
My parents taught me to follow the Golden Rule and treat people the way I wanted to be treated and also to always do my best on any task or project.
Being in senior leadership positions in the financial services industry for so long, many times I was the only female in meetings or on a project team. It is important to be true to yourself and have confidence in your ideas. Building strong relationships is critical, as is having a mentor who will give you honest feedback and be an advocate for your success.
We need to be empathetic to others and be great listeners. We will all go through adversity at some time in our life, but it is how we deal with it and how we help others who may be experiencing a difficult time in their life that matters most.
What can we do — now — to make a difference for young people/women in Arizona?
To make a difference for young people and women in Arizona, we need to make sure that all have access to good early education. We need to listen and guide young people, encourage them to be their best, try new things and not limit themselves. We need to encourage young people and women to look for the best in others and always act with the utmost integrity and honesty. And we need to encourage them to get a variety of experiences by volunteering at not-for-profit organizations in the community and look for leadership opportunities when available.
We need to encourage lifelong learning and taking advantage of any professional development opportunities, including public speaking and leadership as well as trying many new experiences. We can learn from young people and women of all ages as much as they can learn from us. They are our future and will have a major impact on the wonderful State of Arizona.
In A Few Words
- What was the last course, certification or training you took to improve yourself professionally? Transformational Leadership
- What would you say is a single characteristic OTHERS might attribute to you that defines your success? Empathy
- What is the one thing you feel you could work on professionally to be a greater success? Balance
- What is the one professional skill you have that has gotten you where you are today? Authenticity
- What is the single greatest issue facing Arizona today? Education
Mary Martuscelli has spent her entire career in the financial services industry with U.S. Bank and J.P. Morgan Chase, holding senior management roles in wealth management, corporate banking, strategic planning and human resources.
Martuscelli believes in giving back to the community and has served in leadership positions on many community boards, including chair of the Arizona Science Center, chair of Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, executive board of Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Banker’s Association, Arizona Community Foundation, United Way and Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center.
Mary Martuscelli is Regional Executive at U.S. Bank.