About Mary Despe

Mary Despe is a Recruitment Consultant and Careers Influencer based on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. She is the Owner of MK Despe Consulting, a recruitment and careers sole proprietorship. For close to 20 years she has connected amazing talent with outstanding start-ups and organizations in North America, Western Europe and Australia. She advises entrepreneurs on how to avoid the "I need to clone myself" and other panicked approaches to hiring, and promotes strategies that align people in productive, successful partnerships.  Though she enjoys working with businesses to build high-performing teams, Mary is passionate about helping job seekers attract and land the opportunities they desire. She has coached professionals to secure new roles and navigate industry changes through unique personal brand strategy.

Mary contributes to websites such as Career Addict, Fairygodboss, Medium and LinkedIn, and has been featured in hiring-related articles for Honolulu Civilbeat, Refinery29, and LinkedIn's Get Hired newsletter. She has been a featured speaker at the 2021 Honolulu Women’s Leadership Conference and the 2020 and 2021 Women’s Leadership & Empowerment Conferences in Bali, Indonesia. She is a regular contributor to Girls Nite Live, an international e-commerce and education platform that empowers and amplifies the voices of women through online programming for women, by women. 

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