Marie Maguire '69 EE (and first captain of the Villanova Women's Basketball team!)

Founder and CEO, Caramanico Maguire Associates

Q: What was your career path after graduation?

A: After graduating at the top of my class from Villanova, I earned my master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. I then worked for IBM in their Think Tank Future Systems Division, developing their next computer. After getting married, I moved to Philadelphia where I worked for IBM under contract to the Navy as a helicopter systems test engineer. I've been in multiple fields, but the constants are that I've always been involved in systems and processes, and I've always been at the cutting edge of everything I have done.

Q: What are you doing now?

A: After teaching engineering at Temple University as an assistant professor, I started my own company, Caramanico Maguire Associates, consulting with CEOs and executive VPs in sales force development. I've also been a licensed family therapist for 35 years. My engineering background has made it possible for me to do innovative, creative work in both sales force development and therapy. I have loved everything I have worked on and that has made it never seem like work.

Marie Maguire, Founder and CEO, Caramanico Maguire Associates
Marie Maguire, Founder and CEO, Caramanico Maguire Associates

Q: What has been the highlight of your career to date?

A: Helping families and marriages, and being a mentor and consultant for corporate leaders, helping students attain their dreams at Temple, serving on Villanova’s ECE Dept’s Industrial Advisory Board, starting the ECE Dept mentoring program, mentoring ECE students, coauthoring two books on sales force development, working as a system helicopter test engineer at IBM.

Q: How did your Villanova education contribute to your success?

A: Villanova taught me the importance of lifelong learning and staying cutting edge. At Villanova I learned to think outside the box.

Q: What do you know now that you wish you knew then?

A: I wish I knew that while technology may come first, it doesn’t end there. You need people/relationship/networking skills.

Q: What one piece of advice would you give to the next generation of female engineers?

A: Follow your dreams. Go for career opportunities that excite and challenge you. Be open to opportunities that present themselves and be ready for them by staying up to date with your skills. Keep learning and challenging yourself.