A member of the inaugural Phi Sigma Rho class at Ohio State University, Ms. McWilliams completed her undergraduate degree (B.S. MET) in 1990, received her MBA in 1997 and received her certificate in program and project management in 2009. Currently, Ms. McWilliams is employed as a lead engineer for the DLA Land and Maritime in Columbus, Ohio, where she is responsible for fiber optic specifications for the Department of Defense and its Agencies. She also has the certification as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Mary has been an adjunct instructor with Columbus State Community College, Ohio Dominican University and University of Phoenix. She has also served Phi Sigma Rho in the capacity of Regional Field Director and VP of Standards and has served advisor and mentor for the Beta Chapter of Phi Sigma Rho Sorority. In 2013-2014, Ms. McWilliams served on the National Professionals Board for the National Society of Black Engineers in the capacity of Special Projects Chair, Leadership and Operations Development. Ms. McWilliams was elected as the 2015-2016 National Professionals Chair for the National Society of Black Engineers, where she had oversight of over 6,000 professional members, providing strategic direction for the NSBE Professionals. She has just completed her term in the role of National Professionals Chair-emeritus, National Society of Black Engineers for 2016-2017.
In 2017, Ms. McWilliams received the Order of Pyramid Award by Phi Sigma Rho Sorority.
As a technical professional, Ms. McWilliams has worked for several multi-national companies in capacities of purchasing agent, process engineer, supplier quality engineer, manufacturing engineer and supply chain management. This well-rounded background has continued to prove itself beneficial in her capacity of lead engineer for the federal government as she provides consultancy services to several non-government technical bodies in the capacity of government liaison such as the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), National Electrical Manufacturers (NEMA), and Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). In March 2017, Ms. McWilliams received the 2016 Defense Standardization Program Outstanding Performance Award as a result of her collaborative and culminating work with the DOD Aviation Fiber Optics Standardization Joint Fiber Optic Working Group.
Currently in her final year of seminary studies at United Theological Seminary, pursuing M.A. Divinity, Mary McWilliams was elected as the National President of Phi Sigma Rho Sorority for 2017-2019.
The President presides over all National Council and National Convention meetings and directs and oversees the work of the National Council. She is the official national leader and spokesperson of the Sorority and has the power to appoint committees, call special meetings and designate a spokesperson in her absence. The President or her designated representative serves as an ex-officio member on the Phi Sigma Rho Foundation Board of Directors.