Mike O'Mary is author of "The Note," a book about the power of appreciation that was named the Best Gift Book of 2011 in the Living Now Book Awards. Mike is also founder of the Note Project, a campaign to make the world a million times better by inspiring 1 million people to share notes of appreciation with others.
In addition, Mike is founder of Dream of Things, a book publisher and online book store, and series editor for Dream of Things anthologies, including "Saying Goodbye," a collection of true stories about how we say goodbye to the people, places and things in our lives. Mike is also author of "Wise Men and Other Stories," a collection of holiday-related essays.
In his career, Mike has written essays, fiction, drama and sketch comedy. He has published stories and essays in the Sunday magazines of the Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Baltimore Sun, Cleveland Plain Dealer and Detroit Free Press.
Mike has also written and produced sketch comedy in Chicago, and he was a commentator on WNIJ - Northern Illinois Public Radio, doing weekly commentaries as part of the local segment of National Public Radio's Morning Edition program.
Mike is a graduate of Knox College (BA in Economics and English-Writing), the University of Montana (MFA in Creative Writing, MA in English Literature), and the Second City Comedy Writing Program.
In addition to his creative work, Mike has more than 20 years of experience in corporate communications, producing speeches, annual reports and other communications for the leaders of several Fortune 500 companies, including AAR Corporation, Andrew Corporation, Bank One, Discover Financial Services, Federal Signal, Hewitt Associates, Nicor Inc., RR Donnelley, Tellabs, and others.