About Us

With three decades of experience—as blue chip brand executive, as ad agency CEO and as women’s marketing expert—Mary Lou Quinlan introduces a new enterprise to combine her passions for creativity and consulting. Presenting the go-to source for understanding women today:

Mary Lou Quinlan & Co.

This new venture will connect you with today’s women through media and performances, books and publications and the Just Ask a Woman suite of branding services. Mary Lou can bring her talents as a spokesperson and author to your brand and also introduce you to the company she keeps. With her wide network of strategic, creative and research experts, Mary Lou can personally assemble a team – virtually, globally, locally – to collaborate in new ways on both creative and consulting projects.

Meet Mary Lou

Mary Lou Quinlan has built a highly-awarded career dedicated to women. From her start at Avon Products, through her years as ad agency CEO for major global corporations, and her decade plus advising leading brands through her firm, Just Ask a Woman, Mary Lou knows women like nobody else. Leading brands including Pfizer, WellsFargo, WalMart, KAO, Westin and Kraft have turned to her branding team for insights and answers that fuel success with women.

Mary Lou is a highly sought speaker who has keynoted hundreds of US and global conferences, sharing her provocative and high-energy take on women’s needs and lives.

She is the author of three breakthrough books, including What She’s Not Telling You, Time Off for Good Behavior, and Just Ask a Woman. She’s written inspirational features for Real Simple, O, the Oprah magazine, and a monthly career advice column for MORE. She’s appeared as a correspondent on the CBS Early Show, among many media appearances. Her newest book, The God Box, Sharing my mother’s gift of faith, love and letting go, launches April 2012.

She holds an MBA from Fordham University and an Honorary Doctorate in Communications from her alma mater, Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia where she earned a B. A. in English. She has been honored as Advertising Woman of the Year by Advertising Women of NY and with the prestigious Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications. She and her husband, Joe Quinlan, live in New York City and Bucks County, Pennsylvania along with their dog, Rocky.

Meet Chelsea

Chelsea Castner is a Brand Planner at Mary Lou Quinlan & Co, the nation’s foremost authority on marketing to women. She is a thought leader who understands the underlying motivations of women as they make critical purchasing decisions. With her insightful eye and knack for truly listening, Chelsea has helped to create a successful path to understanding female consumers for a prestigious list of clients, including Wells Fargo, Welspun, Target, Wakefern, Glamour magazine, and Ulthera.

During her time in public relations and advertising, she developed close relationships with co-workers, clients, and consumers, due to her genuine enthusiasm for personal stories (yes, she really would like to see those pictures of your children). Constantly checking blogs, she is always in the know about the newest trends and latest news.

She graduated from Elon University with a degree in Strategic Communications and is thrilled to be living in New York City, where there's a potential friend around every corner.

Contact Us

To discuss your project needs, please reach out to us by email at Hello@MaryLouQ.com or call 212.725.8251.

Did you know?

Little-KNown Fact # 1:

Mary Lou’s mother’s habit of eavesdropping taught her how to listen.

Little-KNown Fact # 2:

Women will repeat a bad customer service story for an average of 23 years.

Little-KNown Fact # 3:

Women buy more cars, choose more homes, and make more healthcare decisions than men.


A man might write the check to hire you; a woman fires you.

April 19, 2014
by Mary Lou Quinlan

At last. And just in time.

OKAY. My work here is done. Today I opened the Wall St. Journal to read a story that was out last week (why are they just running ...

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newest project

The most powerful female relationship begins as mother and daughter. With the God Box project - a book, play, series of short films, website, iPhone app, a virtual community – Mary Lou shares lessons of life and love from her own mom.

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