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Power 100Mary Kane

President & CEO, Maryland Chamber of Commerce

A seasoned executive and well-known Maryland political figure, Mary D. Kane is the president and CEO of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

Before stepping into her current executive role in October 2021, Kane was the director for the National Museum of American Diplomacy for nearly three years. She also served as the chair of the board of trustees for her alma mater Mount St. Mary’s University, president and CEO of Sister Cities International and executive director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

What’s the most important thing you do in your job?

My most important job is to represent our members and all Maryland businesses in Annapolis. Thriving businesses are crucial to the success and vitality of our state. Marylanders need good jobs, which our businesses provide. But beyond this, businesses enrich our communities through their support of education, museums, hospitals and so many other important institutions we rely on.

Who was your most significant mentor, and what did you learn from that person?

My mother is the most significant mentor I’ve had in my life. When I face a challenge I think will be impossible to overcome, I think of my mother and that 19-year-old girl who left her family in Ireland to find a better life in the United States. My mother has been a constant positive influence in my life. She also taught me how to be a good mother for my three children and to never be afraid of hard work.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2022. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at or in our digital edition.