Mary Adams helps companies create sustainable value for shareholders and stakeholders. She is an expert on the integrated model which includes tangible, intangible and natural capitals.
She started her career in the world of hard assets and finance with 15 years in high risk lending at Citicorp and Sanwa. In 1999, she started her own strategy consulting firm. As she helped her clients adapt to changing markets and changing expectations, she saw first hand how the financial models she had used as a banker were failing to capture the value being created (and destroyed) in the form of human, digital, natural and relationship resources. Most of her work since then has been aimed at developing practical approaches for companies to see, build and communicate these critical forms of value. The answers have come through her multidisciplinary studies and network uniting the best work around innovation, intellectual capital, knowledge management, integrated reporting, strategy and accounting.
She is the co-author of Intangible Capital: Putting Knowledge to Work in the 21st Century Organization which outlined approaches Mary developed to support systems thinking, integrated value creation and a multi-capital framework. This kind of approach is now gaining greater market acceptance thanks to the work of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), a movement Mary has been actively supporting. Mary has been blogging regularly since 2006 and has contributed to numerous scholarly and business publications.
Mary will tell you she’s from Albuquerque, which is true. The full story is a little longer. Mary was the child of an oil company executive and lived on three continents (visited a fourth) by the age of five. Then she lived in NY, NJ and NM before going to school at Rice University in TX and Thunderbird in AZ. Early in her career, she worked in the Dominican Republic and Los Angeles before settling in the Boston area with her husband, Mike Oleksak. They have two grown sons and still love to travel!