Profile: Mastering by example

Everything Mary Leary needed to know about tenacity and resilience, she learned at home. Her father lived a full life despite injuries from World War II that left him fully disabled and forced him to relearn how to walk and talk.

“He lost so much but still managed to obtain two master’s degrees and lead a very successful career,” says Leary. An only child raised in upstate New York, she attributes much of her professional success in leading senior living and long-term care organizations to the work ethic and persistence her parents instilled in her.

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