Mary Davis Holt

Weaving Influence Leaders

Mary Davis Holt is a senior consultant at Flynn Heath Holt Leadership, whose goal is to move women leaders forward faster. She is an executive coach and keynote speaker on business, women, and leadership. As an in-demand voice, Mary shares her hard-won insights and promotes FHHL’s new rules for success to a wide range of audiences.

Prior to joining FHHL, Mary held executive positions at Time Warner with oversight that ranged from finance to information technology, marketing, human resources, manufacturing, and distribution. She held a number of leadership roles in the publishing group, including Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Time Life, Inc. Among her many career highlights, Mary led the management of worldwide manufacturing distribution for all of Time, Inc.’s magazines (e.g., Time, Fortune, People, Sports Illustrated). She also served as president of Time Life Books and Time Life Kids.

Her book, Break Your Own Rules: How to Change the Patterns of Thinking That Block Women’s Path to Power, which she co-authored with business partners Jill Flynn and Kathryn Heath, has landed on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The Washington Post.

Mary earned a B.A. from Salem College, and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Graduate Business School. Like her partners, she serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards. Mary is based in the Washington, D.C. area.  For more information, follow Mary on Twitter @FlynnHeathHolt.


“This is the book for women offering practical new strategies to navigate the upper echelons of corporate America.”

~Mary Davis Holt

About Mary Davis Holt

Mary Davis Holt, a partner at Flynn Heath Holt, is an in-demand speaker who shares her hard-won insights and promotes the firm’s new rules for success to a wide range of audiences. Mary is also a sought-after facilitator and executive coach, and she works with companies to plan strategies that change the culture to support women leaders.