Mary Ann Thompson Frenk is the daughter of the former 7-11 Corporation founders. She was born in Mexico, adopted by these amazing people. She is one of the most humble, genuine, passionate and giving people I have encountered. I strongly feel like it is important for people to be aware of this. Why? Because while her history is intriguing, she has created her own legacy - one I wouldn’t be able to match, not in this lifetime! Mary Ann shares with us about her family’s history and their unexpected tension and problems with the KKK, growing up adopted from Mexico, and how humanitarianism has just been a part of her life as a child. While there is much more to this story, she has taken these values her family has taught her and continues to live and create a life full of purpose. Mary Ann is literally on a mission to change this world.
Today, Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk is a humanitarian, conscious-capitalist, published writer, internationally award winning sculptor, (recognized by the Buckminster Fuller Institute for being the first artist to innovate on geodesics to create the human figure), human rights/environmental activist, social-responsible investor (including Women That Soar and multiple eco-conscious startups) and frequently requested international speaker. She has spoken at and moderated forums around the globe including for NEXUS at the United Nations and White House, Parliament of World Religions, TEDx, The Club of Budapest, the Cordoba Initiative, The Temenos Academy of Integral Studies and was the keynote speaker for 64th World Congress of Women Entrepreneurs in November 2016. She serves as President and co-founder of The John Philp Thompson Foundation and as President for The Memnosyne Institute, an international non-profit she co-founded with her husband, Joshua. Through it, they have supported programs around the world focused on empowering humanity to address the challenges of an increasingly interconnected world - leading them both to be identified by three-time-nominated-Nobel- Peace-Prize Dr. Ervin Laszlo as two of the “21st Century Visionary Thinkers” leading innovative humanitarianism for their “social acupuncture” model.
She has been published in various magazines including The Transpersonal Psychology Association's “The Transcender", YPO's Real Leaders Magazine which recognized her as a “Real Young Leader to watch on the international scene, contributed chapters to various books including “Dawn of The Akashic Age: New Consciousness, Quantum Resonance, and The Future of The World” by Dennis Kingsley and Ervin Laszlo, “Developing A Global Agenda: Expert Insight from the inaugural STEP Global Congress” collected by STEP, “Sparks of Genius: Powerful Sparks of Creative Insight from 100+ Global Thought Leaders” collected by Julie Ann Turner, and most recently contributed the USA portion of Mirela Sula’s newest book titled, "50 Inspiring Voices of Migrant Women" addressing the current human rights challenges of immigrant women in the USA, serves as the editor for “Empower” Journal, and has been on the cover of other publications including London’s “Global Woman”, “Mujer USA”, “Femme International”, Argentina’s “Revista La Auténtica”, Belgium’s “Business Fit Magzine”, and “Forbes Mexico”.
She has received numerous awards for her humanitarian work. Most recently, in 2018 she was Awarded the Inspirique Award at Harvard University and presented the Civic Pioneer Award at the United Nations in November which is one of the highest awards a female citizen of the USA can receive and is entered into the congressional record. She is currently working towards setting up “Memnosyne Mexico” in an effort to further the reach of The Memnosyne Institute’s humanitarian work and empower communities in Mexico, pursuing ordination as an interfaith minister and her most recent regional goals include continuing The Memnosyne Institute’s GreenSourceDFW and FoodSourceDFW initiatives, working with Rev. William Barber’s Poor People’s Campaign, hoping to establish Eco-Eco, a B-corp, with her collaborating partner, Tania Arrayales Rodriguez, aimed at creating economically feasible ecologically responsible homes for the lower tax bracket within the state of Texas and launching the Memnosyne Institute’s Campus for Humanity in Dallas, Texas starting with it’s Center for Outreach designed by architect Keith Critchlow.