Education: BS degree from Bridgewater State College and MA degree
from George Washington University.
Began professional life as a teacher of special needs
children. Taught in public schools for ten years before launching her
Mary co-founded Abrakadoodle, remarkable art education
for children and has an extensive background in franchising and education
having founded two franchise companies. Her current responsibilites with
Abrakadoodle include providing vision and leadership while charting new
initiatives for the company. Mary is the 2007 recipient of International
Franchise Assciation's Bonnie Levine Award, their highest award for a
woman in franchising. She was also "Women Entrepreneur of the Year"
for Washington Metro Area 1997, Ernst and Young.
After just three years in franchising, Abrakadoodle has
been ranked largest art education franchise in Annual Entrepreneur Magazine
Franchise 500 (2008, 2007, 2006) and the "Best of the Best in Children's
Franchises" (2007). Abrakadoodle and Rogers have been featured in
Investor's Business Daily, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal,
CNN Money, USA Today, The Washington Business Journal and numerous other
publications. She is a frequent speaker on business development, franchising
and education addressing audiences from twenty to over two thousand.
Previously, Rogers co-founded and served as CEO of ECW
Corporation, the US and International franchisor for Computetots and Computer
Explorers. Under her leadership and vision, the company became the largest
computer enrichment programs for children in the United States. When she
left the company in 1997, it had experienced excellent growth resulting
in 150+ franchises in the United States and programs in eleven countries.