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Making Life Better

Welcome to Life Success by Dowdell

Mary Dowdell of Life Success by Dowdell provides training and consulting services to people who would like to help others overcome past traumas. She also trains teams in public and private organizations to succeed.

About Mary

Mary is a career child and family social worker who has experience in both public welfare and private nonprofit child welfare administration. She has served in public social work for more than 20 years now. Mary has also spent 12 years in public child welfare administration, five years in private nonprofit executive administration, and 10 years in church leadership. Mary earned a PhD in Business Administration, with emphasis on Public Administration.  Her dissertation study focuses on North Carolina Child and Family Nonprofit Sustainability.

Mary's latest book, Brick to Brick: Building a Black Family in America, is available at Xlibris and is the story of the McLean Family. Her family history starts in Brick NC. Mary tells the story of how her parents started at Brick as leaders of an American Missionary Association School, teaching African American families how to achieve educational and economic independence, while at the same time building their own family. It includes the challenges of leadership, the challenges of racism, and the challenges of economic development in rural Eastern North Carolina. Read this book, it is a story of the plan of God and the goodness of God for this family.

Mary is dedicated to helping children and families, regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds. That dedication is what drives her to always look for the most family-centered approach to life success. In support of her love for education and young people Mary serves on the Board of Directors for the McLean Family Scholarship Fund. The Fund provides scholarship support to students attending North Carolina A & T State University.

Find out More

If you have questions about Mary’s consulting/training services, please don’t hesitate to call or send her an email. Her training and consulting services are available in Guilford County, North Carolina and surrounding areas.

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Dowdell, M. (2020). North Carolina Child and Family Nonprofit Sustainability. Published by ProQuest 

Dowdell, M. (2020). Brick to Brick: Building a Black Family in America. Published by Xlibris Publishing Company.