Mary MacRae

                 Speaker . Trainer . Consultant



 Contact Mary at

(615) 952-3511

Mary J. MacRae has over 30 years experience in the business, civic and public policies sectors, including 13 years as a self-employed career management trainer, motivational speaker and small business development consultant.  She traveled the United States extensively and generated a client including small businesses, corporations, government agencies, educational systems, non-profit organizations and thousands of men and women who attended her speeches, workshops or seminars.


In 2001, Mary closed her business, MJM Enterprises, but continues to be a popular speaker at conferences and an advisor to women business owners, numerous non-profit organizations and public policy leaders.


Mary's been elected or appointed to the boards of business, political and civic organizations, and in recognition of her personal and professional leadership success, she's received numerous awards and political appointments.

        Business Owner and Community Leader

      Mary founded MJM Enterprises in 1988 and over the years traveled extensively across the United States working with clients by conducting workshops, speaking at conferences and consulting on small business and public policy issues. 

      Mary’s personal and professional life changed significantly in 1996 when her husband, Johnny MacRae, was diagnosed with and treated for a rare and usually fatal form of cancer. Recognizing just how precious life is and wanting to live it to the fullest with her husband, Mary closed her business in 2000 and worked side-by-side with Johnny, until his passing in 2013,  managing their farm – J & M Acres, and a publishing company – J & M Music which includes multiple catalogs with award-winning and Grammy-nominated traditional, country music songs.  In 2003 a song, co-written by Johnny, was included in “CMT’s 100 Greatest Songs of Country Music,” an elite list chosen by Country Music Television, industries leaders and CMA members. 

      In order to be effective community leaders, public policy advocates and business owners, Mary believes men and women must take time to “stop and smell the roses.”  Being one who practices what she preaches, Mary can be found exploring all the many wonders of the natural resources in her home county, digging in her flower beds, hanging out with her feathered farm critters and furry, four-legged family members – all adopted or rescued –    and enjoying the sights, sounds and activities of living on her farm – J & M Acres.

Leadership Positions, Appointments and Honors

While not inclusive, listed below are highlights of Mary's leadership activities and awards.  She has a proven track-record of success because she practiced what she preached to her clients: 

Listen . Learn . Lead


Organizational Boards

  • National Board Chair & President – National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) 
  • Charter National Board Chair – NAWBO Institute for Entrepreneurial Development
  • President & Board Director,  American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), Middle Tennessee Chapter 
  • President & Founding Member – The Women Resource Center, Tennessee's first, SBA-supported women's business center, which offered training, counseling and technical assistance for start-up and existing women business owners
  • Charter President, Charter Trustee, Secretary - Cheatham County Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Cheatham County, Industrial Development Board, respectively, in Cheatham County, TN
  • Assistant Regional Director and Campaign Coordinator/Principle Writer & Designer for a national training manual titled “Train America’s Workforce: A Political Module”  for the American Society for Training and Development
  • Member - Office Depot, Principal Financial and Well's Fargo Small & Women-Owned Business Advisory Boards


Political Appointments

  • White House Approved & U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Appointed – National Women’s Business Council, a bi-partisan council that provides advice  and recommends policy to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues for 10.4 million women business owners

  • U.S. Senator-Appointee: Charter Member, National Council of Women Advisors to Congress - members provided recommendations and offered solutions to Congress on multiple issues; Delegate for the Women Leaders Summit, Washington, DC - provided testimony to members of Congress on workplace productivity and employee training issues; Member, Small Business Advisory Board; all appointments were made by former U.S. Senator and Majority Leader Bill Frist

  • Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn; 7th Congressional District - member of her Small Business Advisory Committee;  provided recommendations on issues impacting     small businesses, including - but not limited to - regulations, taxes and health care

  • Governor-Appointee and Charter Member, Tennessee’s Small and Minority-Owned Telecommunications Business Committee and to state-wide Task Force for Women-Owned Businesses in Tennessee to analyze economic impact for Tennessee of women entrepreneurs and their enterprises


  • International Order of Merit (IOM) from the Biographical Institute in Cambridge, England
  • National Public Policy Advocate of the Year – National Association of Women Business Owners;
  • Women in Business Advocate Award for Tennessee from the U.S. Small Business Administration 
  • Woman Business Owner of the Year NomineeNashville NAWBO;  Member of the Year – Nashville NAWBO;  Advocate of the Year – Nashville Chapter 
  • Economic Leadership of Distinction from the Women’s Business Institute of the South 
  • Golden Torch Award for Trainer of the Year – American Society for Training and Developement, Middle Tennessee Chapter 
  • Who’s Who of: Emerging Leaders in America; International Professional and Business Women and Women Executives; Finance and Industry; American Women and Women Executives 
  • Colonel Aide de Camp from Governor of Tennessee;  plus, numerous public policy and political leadership awards 
  • Hometown Hero Award and multiple Community Service Honors
  • ATHENA Award Finalist – Nashville, Tennessee


Mary's a graduate of the Economic Development Program from the Georgia Institute of Technology and also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Tennessee State University, where she graduated summa cum laude as a University Scholar with Highest Distinction honors.