Meet Mary Nutting | NAWBO
Owner & President, CorTalent
NAWBO Board Member - Chapter President 

Tell us about your business journey/experience. Is there a surprising tidbit we can share about you or your history?

I spent the first 18 years of my career in a large company climbing the “corporate ladder”.  I took a big risk (gave up my safe base salary and stock options) to join a small entrepreneurial firm where I got to be involved in most of the business decisions first-hand.  I learned how to sell and market our services, how to price and do proposals, and how to deliver results and get paid for them.  I didn’t ‘set out’ to start my own business but now looking back – I realized that every job I had was part of my journey and prepared me for today.  Whatever your own path has been, embrace it and help educate other women professionals of the importance their experiences can have on their future. 

Do you have a “story from the trenches” to share that could help another woman business owner on her journey?

Three years ago, I bought out my (then) business partner.  It was an amicable separation but I ended up rebuilding our company completely.  We have new products and services, new employees, new clients and a new space!  Re-building can sometimes be harder than building something from scratch as there are already business and financial expectations in place.  I had some rough moments and a whole lot of insecurities and sleepless nights.  However, I persevered and thanks to the support of my friends, family and faith (and NAWBO) – I fought back!  I have come to rely on this support as we all know that owning a business can be a bit like riding a roller coaster.  It’s important to surround yourself with people and resources that can help.

Family? Hobbies? Any work-life balance tips? 

I come from a family of entrepreneurs and a husband who also owns his own business.  We both work a LOT but we also find time to unwind and spend with family and friends.  I’m not sure the term work-life balance exists in my world as the lines really blur.  I’m a huge believer in that you really do need to love what you do and I surround myself with friends and acquaintances who share similar passions – which typically do include women’s business issues and trends.   

What do you enjoy about being on the NAWBO-MN board or committee? Would you recommend it to members? If so, why?

As I mentioned earlier, NAWBO has been a huge source of support for me and my business.  Being on the NAWBO Board has allowed me to help shape the present and future of the organization.  We use our own experiences to help us determine what works and what doesn’t.  I encourage you to consider being on the Board not only for you but for other Minnesota women business owners to benefit as well.


* CorTalent is a recruitment and retention consulting firm.  We help find top talent and implement programs and processes to make them ‘stick’!  We specialize in working with small to mid-size entrepreneurial companies.