Mary is co-founder of the Gemini Global Group (G3), a firm specializing in business development, public-private partnerships and government affairs.
A recognized expert regarding public-private partnerships (P3s), Mary is the author of Collaboration Nation, How Public-Private Ventures Are Revolutionizing the Business of Government. Her book explores this growing trend and describes how government officials are reaching out to private enterprise for innovative ideas as a result of revenue shortfalls.
Because of her recent book, Mary is a regular speaker at industry conferences and has worked with cities interested in learning about best practices for public-private partnerships. Her articles have been published by media outlets including Forbes, CNBC.com, CEO-Read, Change This and others.
Mary has an extensive business background in both the public and private sectors. Between 1984-1992, she served as the Commissioner representing business at the Texas Employment Commission. In that position, she was a high-profile, proactive business advocate who founded The Texas Business Council. Commissioner Nabers wrote a weekly column for more than 100 Texas newspapers, hosted a weekly radio program on the Texas State Network and published a monthly business publication with a circulation of 160,000.
In 1993, Commissioner Nabers moved to the Texas Railroad Commission. At that time the agency regulated approximately $65 billion of the state’s economy annually. She was active on both the state and federal levels and represented Texas on numerous national boards. Mary developed a reputation for initiating innovative programs in government and was recognized throughout Texas as a friend to taxpayers and an accessible public servant.
Prior to 1984, Mary served as president and general manager of two media corporations. She is currently a regular contributor to business journals and active on the professional speaking circuit.
- Bachelor of Science, Howard Payne University
- Master of Business Administration, The University of Texas at Austin
- Developed, produced and raised funds for televised statewide teleconferences that linked one million Texas students to national business leaders to discuss jobs and careers
- Founder of the Texas Business Council, a coalition of large state agencies committed to reaching out to taxpayers through statewide conferences
- Developed curriculum and initiated the first statewide ex-offender employment training program in Texas for parolees…a program now credited with saving taxpayers $16 million a year in recidivism costs
- Delegate, Emerging Leaders World Conference
- Spirit of Texas Award
- Leadership America
- Leadership Texas
- Distinguished Alumna, Howard Payne University
- The National Registry of Who’s Who (life member)
- Who’s Who in Historical Society
- Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Howard Payne University
- Co-Chair United Way, Distinguished Speakers Series
- Texas Leadership Council, World Congress on Information Technology
- Co-Chair, United Way Capital Area Campaign
- Co-Chair, American Lung Association Annual Fundraising
- Fundraising Campaign, Austin Children’s Shelter
- Recipient, Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power Award
- Co-Chair, Ethics in Business Award Ceremony
PAST AND PRESENT BOARD MEMBERSHIPS
National Council for Public-Private Partnerships · National Petroleum Council · Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission · Austin Area Research Organization · Public Policy Dispute Resolution, The University of Texas School of Law · Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Energy · Sustainable Energy Development Council · Labor Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills · St. David’s Hospital Foundation · Long Center for the Performing Arts · Women Executives in State Governments · Advisory Board, San Antonio Spurs · Texas High Speed Rail Authority · Texas Literary Council · Communities-in-Schools · Chair, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce · Americans for Balanced Energy Choices · Center for Public Policy and Political Studies