Author, Founder & CEO, Mary Giuliani Catering & Events
What has been the most rewarding moment of your career?
Growing a business from one employee to hundreds and being able to provide a service that makes people happy. Doing what I love every day!
What do you wish you had done earlier in your career?
Cared less about having a career. Given myself permission to find what makes me happy and work from there.
What trends do you see in your profession or industry?
It is a very exciting time to be in the food industry. Technology has made food a shared global experience. When I got into the food business it was a necessity, now it is a passion.
How has Georgetown shaped you?
I often joke that I graduated Georgetown, Magna Cum Party. But, it's less about the party, and more about how many amazing and diverse people I met and interacted with during my time at Georgetown. I was also very fortunate to travel abroad and study Italian history and culture at the Villa Le Balze. I use so much of what I learned during my time spent abroad in my food and life philosophies.
Favorite professor or class at Georgetown
It's a tie... Dr. Don B. Murphy and Father Daniel O'Connell.
Who has inspired you in your life and why?
I am named after both of my grandmothers; Mary & Lucille. Mary was an tradtional homemaker, wonderful cook, wife, and mother. Lucille was a dynamic, maverick business entrepeneur. I consider myself a delicious mixed cocktail of these two dynamic woman.
What is one part of your daily routine you couldn't live without?
Prayer and gratitude.
What's on your desk right now?
A picture of my daughter, my breakfast egg sandwich, a letter from my dad and a copy of Salvador Dali's Cookbook: Dinner's de Gala.
Who is your favorite author?
What is the best career advice you have received?
We learn from failure, not from success.
What is your favorite Georgetown memory?
Arriving in Fiesole, Italy at the Ville Le Balze and realzing that eating pasta and drinking wine surround by breathtaking beauty was part of my curriculum. And I loved Sunday night mass at Dahlgren Chapel followed by dinner at The Tombs... soul fed... belly fed.
Who or what inspires you?
My daughter. People who give without expecting or wanting anything in return.
What is the hardest thing you have ever done professionally?
Leave my mentor to start my own business.
Words to live by:
Word hard, be nice to people.