Mary Barneby, is CEO of the Girl Scouts of Connecticut, where she leads a staff of 100 in building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Connecticut serves 32,000 girls ages 5-17 and 16,000 adult members.
Before joining the Girl Scouts, Mary held many leadership roles in the financial services business, most recently at UBS, where she headed the Private Wealth Management office in Stamford, Connecticut.
Mary began her career at Merrill Lynch and during that time was one of 30 young executives selected by the White House nationwide to participate in the President’s Executive Exchange Program in Washington, D.C. She later became a pioneer in the defined contribution plan arena. Mary was responsible for business start-ups at three mutual fund companies and was a founding member and first president of the Defined Contribution Council, an industry-wide professional advocacy group.
Mary has served as both a director and the president of the Financial Women’s Association of New York, a professional organization with more than 1,200 members. From 1992 to 1996, she was chair of the board of the American Heart Association’s New York City affiliate and served as National Chair of the AHA’s Investment Subcommittee. She was the national chair of the UBS Women’s Network for three years, and has also served on the boards of the Stamford YMCA and the University of New Haven, where she holds Emeritus status. She is currently an independent trustee of the First Investor Mutual Funds, a $12 billion mutual fund complex and a member of the IWF-CT, a global organization comprised of accomplished women leaders.
In 2008, Mary received the Women’s Venture Fund’s Highest Leaf Award for her efforts as a mentor and role model to other women. She was also recognized at the YWCA of New York’s 37th Annual Women Achiever’s Awards and by the National Organization of Italian American Women.
Mary is a graduate of New York University and holds an M.B.A. in finance from Fordham University. She completed postgraduate coursework in investment analysis at the Wharton School.