After graduating with a B.A. in Business Administration and Industrial Psychology from Western Illinois University, Mary Hladio entered the professional world at Enterprise Systems, Inc. in Wheeling, Illinois. As Team Leader and Technical Analyst for the software firm, Mary Hladio spent three years developing various EDI interfaces and supply chain management tools. At the end of this period, Mary Hladio found a position as Project Specialist and Technical Support Analyst at Silvon Software in Westmont, Illinois, where she provided essential leadership in the realm of enterprise performance management solutions. Mary Hladio later became Senior Project Manager and Director of the Information Systems Department at Global Systems Solutions in Chicago, overseeing a staff of 8 employees, working with a $500,000 budget, and handling P&L; responsibilities.