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Mary Ann Elliott is an internationally renowned satellite communications entrepreneur. Leveraging her sales experience and knowledge of the commercial satellite industry, Ms. Elliott began her journey in the basement of a Maryland townhouse. Her home-based consulting business quickly grew into a successful government contractor, supporting the Department of Defense and the intelligence community. Within 15 years, Arrowhead Global Solutions Inc. had more than US$100 million in recurring revenue.

A recipient of many honors and awards, Ms. Elliott was named one of the 40 most influential people in global defense, aerospace and national security by Defense Daily; one of only two women so honored. She was inducted into the Satellite Hall of Fame in 2007 and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of North Carolina Pembroke in May 2009. Ms. Elliott is widely recognized for her speaking skills and technical knowledge of the commercial satellite communication industry and is often called upon to provide inspirational and motivational talks for a variety of audiences.