Mary Pilon Keynote Speaker

  • Award winning journalist
  • Business reporter, Wall Street Journal (2008-11)
  • Named to Forbes magazine's "30 Under 30 list"

Mary Pilon's Biography

Mary Pilon Speaker Profile:

Mary Pilon is the author of “The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game” (2015), a former sports reporter for the New York Times, and past business reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Her work has been featured in The Best American Sports Writing and garnered awards from the New York Society of Professional Journalists, the Freedom Forum, the Associated Press Sports Editors and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, among others. She made the Forbes magazine’s first-ever 30 Under 30 list for media. She has appeared numerous times on various shows of the major TV networks: NBC, MSNBC, PBS, Fox Business News, and CNBC. A dynamic keynote speaker, Pilon has spoken at Comic-Con, Bullish Conference, Authors at Google, Nerd Nite, New York’s 92nd Street Y, and New York University. She speaks about the nature of innovation, women in business, the business of the sports industry, gaming (board games specifically), and all things Monopoly.

In her talks on The Monopolists Pilon reveals the unknown story of how Monopoly came into existence, the reinvention of its history by Parker Brothers and multiple media outlets, the lost female originator of the game, and one man’s lifelong obsession to tell the true story about the game’s questionable origins. She reveals a fascinating social history of corporate greed that illuminates the cutthroat nature of American business over the last century and provides insights into the business and gaming world of today.

Pilon previously worked as a sports reporter at The New York Times, where she was part of the paper’s Olympics team and focused on legal and financial issues in sports. While on staff at the Times, she wrote “Tomato Can Blues,” a narrative long-form feature that told the story of Charles Rowan, a cage fighter who faked his own death. The story’s blend of visual elements made it the first-ever graphic novel for the paper and actor Bobby Cannavale narrated an audio version.

From June 2008 to November 2011, Pilon worked at the Wall Street Journal, where she covered various aspects of personal finance and the financial crisis for print and online editions and regularly appeared on national TV and radio. She authored several stories about both unemployment and the changing culture of Wall Street for the paper’s front page. She was part of the Journal’s team that won Gerald Loeb and New York Press Club Awards in 2011 for covering the “Flash Crash” of 2010. She is an honors graduate of New York University, where she double majored in politics and journalism and has worked at New York magazine, USA Today, and

For availability and speaker fees, please contact Mary Pilon’s speaking agent at Chartwell here, or call +1 972 385 1021 for U.S. inquiries or +44 207 293 0864 for international inquiries.

Read More

Videos of Mary Pilon

Mary Pilon:
Mary Pilon: "The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind ..." | Authors at Google

Check Mary Pilon's speaking availability and fees

    Please provide your details and we’ll get in touch as soon as possible.

    We can only respond to requests for professional speaking engagements. We are unable to respond to requests for autographs, shoutouts and personalized messages.

    View our related Speakers

    DJ Patil Speaker
    DJ Patil
    U.S. Chief Data Scientist (2015-2017); Chief Data Scientist, LinkedIn (2008-2011)
    Peter Cornelius Speaker
    Peter Cornelius
    MD and Chief Economist, AlpInvest Partners
    Joel Salatin Speaker
    Joel Salatin
    Sustainability & Food Policy Expert
    Olaf Groth Speaker
    Olaf Groth
    Expert on Disruptive Technology Trends & Futures
    Willem Buiter Speaker
    Willem Buiter
    Professor of Economics, Former Banker and Insightful Commentator
    Dido Harding Speaker
    Dido Harding
    CEO of the TalkTalk Group (2010-2017)
    Maurice Obstfeld Speaker
    Maurice Obstfeld
    Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund (2015-2018)
    Scott Hartley Speaker
    Scott Hartley
    Venture Capitalist and Best-Selling Author
    Charles Adler speaker
    Charles Adler Speaker
    Charles Adler
    Co-founder, Kickstarter
    Barbara Krumsiek Speaker
    Barbara Krumsiek
    Globally Recognized Leader in Sustainable Investing