Client List

Delighted, prosperous clients is the outcome Mary O’Hara-Devereaux strives to achieve. With over 25 years of experience as a futurist in over 55 countries on 6 continents, clients across most industries have found value, direction, and actionable insights in her reliable forecasts and sound strategic advice. Mary found targets that no one else could see.

Corporate Clients

  • Agilent Technologies
  • Aircraft Technical Publishers
  • Apple Computer
  • AT&T
  • Avery Dennison
  • Bank of America
  • Bell Helicopter
  • Cable and Wireless
  • Campbell Soup Company
  • Canadian Imperial Bank
  • Chevron
  • China Merchant Bank
  • CITIC- Pacific
  • Coca-Cola
  • DaimlerChysler AG
  • Dell
  • Electronic Data Systems
  • Ericsson
  • Fortune Brands
  • Gap, Inc
  • Genentech
  • Hewlett Packard
  • IBM
  • ITConvergence
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Kodak
  • Kraft Foods
  • Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Microsoft
  • Motorola
  • Oracle
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Purdue Pharmaceuticals
  • Scripps Networks
  • Sempra Energy
  • Sino-American Development and Industry Corporation
  • Sitcom Furniture
  • Skandia
  • Social Solutions
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Swank AV
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Texaco
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Weiming Biotech

Non-Profit Clients

  • American Society of Association Executives
  • Archstone Foundation
  • Asia Foundation
  • Asia Society
  • California Primary Care Association
  • California Society of Association Executives
  • China Agricultural University
  • China Science and Technology Commission
  • Corporate Voices for Working Families
  • Defense Advanced Research Agency Projects
  • Fielding Graduate University
  • Global Diversity Council
  • Government of Thailand
  • Government of Kenya
  • Global Diversity Council
  • Harvard University Kennedy School
  • Hong Kong Industry Department
  • Human Resource Professional Society
  • The International Women’s Forum
  • The Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Leadership California
  • Leadership America
  • Milkin Global Institute
  • National University
  • National Association of Women Business Owners
  • Patelco Credit Union
  • Peking University
  • Pew Charitable Trusts
  • The National Council on Aging
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Seguro Sociale Costa Rica
  • Stanford University Executive Programs
  • Taking IT Global
  • The Tides Foundation
  • Tyco Federal Credit Union
  • U.S. Government Volpe Transportation Center
  • United Way
  • University of California
  • University of Texas-McCombs Business School
  • Western Association of University Administrators
  • Women Presidents’ Organization
  • World Bank
  • World Health Organization
  • World of Work

CITIC- Pacific

“Mary provided China insights that surprised me despite my long, successful business dealings with the mainland.”

Norman Yuen, Deputy Managing Director
CITIC-Pacific Ltd.

Coca-Cola – Case Study

After many years of successful penetration of the Chinese market, Coca Cola began to lose market share to other global beverage companies and new Chinese entrants.

The Global Foresight team went to work on completing ethnographic studies of current and emerging consumer groups in China. We developed a new framework and cohorts for understanding a wide range of consumer behaviors and preferences across all demographics, including how these would change over the next ten years given the powerful social transition underway in China.

The deliverable was a report and a unique dynamic audio/visual presentation that provided direct contact with key consumer groups.

DaimlerChysler AG

“Navigating the Badlands offers a concise, coherent interpretation of globalization and its impacts on companies along with strategies to do something about it.”

Harald Pressler, Daimler Chrysler AG,
Berlin, Germany


“An outstanding, cogent presentation and discussion on the future of jobs. Both the insights and data were immediately useful to us.”

David Kiefer – Dell Computer

Merck & Co., Inc.

“Inspirational and very insightful. We need you back for more.”

Dick Clark, CEO, Merck & Co., Inc.

“Brilliant! Truly breakthrough thinking on the kind of leadership that we need to innovate.”

Deborah Dagit, Merck & Co., Inc

Scripps Networks

“This was just the kind of energizing, barrier-breaking keynote we needed to kick off our strategy session. Your insights about our future were enlightening and tremendous value-adds to our strategic thinking in this retreat. We want you back yesterday for the future of food.”

John Lansing – President and CEO
– Scripps Network

Swank AV

“You really disturbed my thinking. Thank you for letting me leap on stage to engage with you on what we need to do to bring this generation into our culture. We will never forget this presentation.”

Greg Diekemper, CEO, Swank AV

State Farm Insurance

“Every region in State Farm needs to hear your talk on Gen Y before they put their strategy together to target this group.”

Deborah Bobbit, EVP, State Farm Insurance

China Agricultural University

“Your global forecast and China’s opportunities will help Chinese CEOs build innovative companies for the global marketplace and avoid the common problems and pains of their global competitors. We need your team in every Chinese strategy meeting.”

Chen Zhangliang, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO of several Chinese private ventures
Member of the National Peoples Congress
President, China Agricultural University

Fielding Graduate University

”There is no one who has put together a more coherent understanding of the future of higher education and how it must change than Mary. You turned our faculty and Board’s minds 180 degrees. You have shaped our future in a much different way.”

Judy Kuipers, Ph.D.
Dean Fielding Graduate University

The International Women’s Forum

“Your skills in framing the important and critical issues were impactful and meaningful. Thank you for building bridges of understanding and collaboration between leaders, cultures, generations, and points of view.”

Lillie Richardella, CEO
International Women’s Forum

Patelco Credit Union – Case Study

Not many sectors of the worldwide economy can match global financial services for dynamic growth and fundamental change. Credit unions, however, have been losing market share and forecasts predict a 50% decline in such businesses over the next 10 years.

Patelco, the 9th largest credit union in the U.S., wanted to take a fresh look at how to innovate and grow in this unfriendly environment. The Global Foresight Team was called in to help uncover the hidden opportunities in Patelco’s market–and to design strategies for making the most of them.

We completed a customized forecast of consumer financial services, and identified five new consumer targets that we felt would create a leap in demand for Patelco’s services. Patelco’s entire executive team, Board of Directors, and middle management were engaged in the resulting rollout of a new strategic plan that went on to achieve remarkable results.

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