Marian Gryzlo, MBA, EdD
Director of Corporate and Strategic Partnerships at Ronald McDonald House New York
Dr. Marian Gryzlo is Director or Corporate and Strategic Partnerships at Ronald McDonald House New York, one of New York City’s largest charities focused solely on providing accommodations and services to children with cancer and their families while under treatment.
As a member of the RMH-NY Leadership team, she contributes to development of RMH-NY’s long-term strategic vision and planning efforts, advising on key strategies for enhancing engagement and leveraging relationships. She represents RMH-NY to New York City business, corporate and social sector organizations, and leads initiatives with thought leaders attracting new resources and revenue and enhancing brand awareness.
Her more than 25 years’ experience includes advising executive leaders, board members and business owners in industries ranging from consumer product to cancer research. In addition to leadership roles in corporate philanthropy, she founded Think to Lead Consulting. Her work ranged from brokering major alliances with academic institutions and corporate foundations, to launching foundations and developing award-winning philanthropic platforms, resulting in millions invested to accelerate positive social change.
Her work in all sectors gives her the unique ability to understand the range of complexity related to organizational challenges, disruptive change, and collaborative advantage from many points of view. She is passionate about education and mentoring and teaches graduate courses in leadership and communications.
Later in her career, she earned an EdD in Executive Leadership with a focus on social justice, the pinnacle of a long career consulting, teaching and volunteering. Her dissertation focused on cross-sector collaboration to drive social impact for disadvantaged youth.
Her life’s work focuses on helping others with what she learned through academic study, professional practice, and as a cancer survivor, using the gift of empathy through a lens of social justice to support others who are struggling.
The mission of the Grace Children’s Foundation resonates with her commitment to help the most vulnerable children with illness get the treatment and compassionate care they need, paying it forward. There is no greater mission than to change the life of the child by giving him or her the chance they would not have had.