#071 – Mari Ryan, Author of The Thriving Hive: How People-Centric Workplaces Ignite Engagement and Fuel Results

As CEO and founder of Advancing Wellness, Mari Ryan is a workplace well-being strategist guiding organizations to create people-centric workplaces where employees thrive. During her career, she has worked with businesses of all sizes from start-ups to global powerhouses such as Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, and Northrup Grumman. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise.

Mari holds a Bachelor Degree from Lesley University, an MBA from Boston University, and a Masters in Health Promotion from Nebraska Methodist College. Mari is an active member of the National Speakers Association.


  • As a speaker, one of the key things we can do it is to tell a story. That’s why I chose to write a business parable, “The Thriving Hive” instead of a traditional business book.
  • When I get into a story, I can’t wait to see what happens to the characters. Why can’t a business book be that way? That’s why I chose a business parable style for “The Thriving Hive.”
  • It is helpful to have an editor who can offer an outside viewpoint through the process. She provided me with advice on the general direction.
  • To get the reader involved I asked reflective questions, “What would you do if this happened?”
  • In a business parable, readers can relate to the characters and wonder what will happen next.
  • Any time you tell a story where you can bring emotions into it, people feel a connection. It is a powerful way to connect with an audience.
  • While some authors choose this approach, Business parables don’t have to have a second part that talks about the science behind your points.

Book: The Thriving Hive: How People-Centric Workplaces Ignite Engagement and Fuel Results (Amazon Paperback/Kindle/Audiobook)

Website: Advancing Wellness