Signature Q&A: Marlo Dorsey

Marlo Dorsey is director of Marketing and Communications for VisitHattiesburg and the Hattiesburg Convention Commission. Dorsey previously served as the chief marketing officer for the Mississippi Development Authority. She also served as vice president of marketing for Jones County Junior College. She earned a broadcast journalism degree from Louisiana State University and later received an MBA in executive management. She is married to Christopher Dorsey, and they have two children, Peyton and Carson.


What is your idea of happiness?  
To be accepted for who I am on my best days and my worst days and for my family and friends to also know much I love and adore them on their best and worst days too. 

What is your greatest fear? 
For someone to consider me untrustworthy or unapproachable.

What trait you most deplore in yourself? 
Self-criticism and the fact that I can’t eat just one Lays potato chip. 

What trait you most deplore in others? 
Prejudice and a lack of appreciation for diversity of people and ideas. 

What is your most prized possession?
Besides my two amazing kids and my typically sarcastic yet highly supportive husband, it would be old family photos, handwritten notes and original short stories or artwork from my kids.

What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?
That I can eat a dozen hot tamales with chili and cheese in one sitting from the Original Doe’s Eat Place in Greenville.

Which talent would you most like to have? 
To sing and dance like Beyonce’ or Lady Gaga. Either diva’s talents would suffice.  

What is your favorite quality in a woman? 
Support for other women.

What is your favorite quality in a man? 
Trust, but the love of adventure is a close second.

What do you most value in your friends? 
Honesty, a sense of humor, and a wide-ranging love of art, music, and travel. 

What is your idea of misery? 
To be boring, stagnant, or be trapped in an unenthusiastic environment, especially on a Monday because it sets the mood for the week.

Who are your heroes in real life?
I feel the most alive when I am around entrepreneurs and creatives… so I would have to say my heroes are that group of people regardless of their backgrounds or educations that sense a need or see a need …and they step up and do something about it. We are surrounded by heroes, and we should be grateful for them. 

What was the worst day of your life?  
I haven’t had it yet, but I dread it already.  I’ve been with some close friends and families on their worst days, and I both hope and pray someone is there for me when that day comes.  

What was the happiest day of your life? 
It’s a triple tie. My wedding day and the days both of my children were born.

Who are your favorite authors? 
Malcolm Gladwell, Dale Carnegie, Harper Lee, John Grisham, Tolkien, Daniel Pink and Sheryl Sandberg, just to name a few.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?
 Jean Louise “Scout” Finch.

What do you hate the most? 
Laziness or acceptance of mediocrity. 

How would you like to die? 
Pushed out of an airplane with a non-operating parachute. Quick and final. 

What is your greatest regret? 
That I didn’t take more photos of my children when they were young. Those are some of the best days I’ve ever experienced. Lots of giggles and eye twinkles.  

If you could have dinner with anyone– dead or alive – who would it be?
It is a dead-heat tie between John F. Kennedy or Marilyn Monroe, depending upon which version of the story I was up to hearing. 

What words would people use to describe you? 
Creative, driven, supportive and low-key OCD.  

What is your present state of mind?
Family loving, community-centric, partnership building, amateur foodie, and adventure seeking with a splash of sass for flavor.

What is your motto? 
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.