Marie Oates

Our Team Head of Programs

Marie T. Oates is the Head of Programs for The Steamboat Institute.  She holds a B.A. in English from Boston College and a M.S. in Journalism from Boston University. Previously, she served as the US Head of Communications, Institutional Development and Alumni at IESE Business School, a top ranked global business school. Prior to working for IESE, Marie owned Boston PR Group, Inc. Her firm assisted a variety of companies and foundations with strategic communications, PR, and development projects.

Marie is an avid writer and has published in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Washington Times, the National Review, and a number of other publications. She has also published several books and book chapters.

Marie serves and has served on non-profit boards, including the Child Care Careers Institute, The Rosemoor Foundation, Fisherman Foundation, and Bayridge Residence and Cultural Center. She also served as the President of the New England Chapter of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) and as a member of the AMWA national board of directors. She was also on the Council for Women at Boston College.

In her spare time, Marie enjoys hiking, writing, mentoring, and volunteering. Her volunteering activity recently included producing podcasts targeted at helping young people attain personal growth through adversity, e.g. Corona: Use It, Don’t Lose It. This podcast has attracted thousands of listeners since its launch at the start of the pandemic.  She has also volunteered at the Rosedale Achievement Center in the Bronx, NY, an inner-city center dedicated to helping less privileged girls and women. She founded a tutoring program with Harvard University students for Cambridge inner city high school girls (Dreamers) at North Cambridge Catholic High School. She also helped found a teen radio talk show, A Voice in the Crowd, in CT.