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Mary Lou Song

Mary Lou Song (BSJ91) was inducted into the Medill Hall of Achievement in 2019.

Song is an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience founding and growing technology companies in Silicon Valley. 

Song’s e-commerce career began in 1996 when she joined eBay as a founding employee. She led the product management and community teams, helping grow the user base from 15,000 members to more than 20 million globally.

After leaving eBay, she continued to work on digital technologies. She joined social networking company Friendster as an early employee. She also launched several media companies focused on blogging, aggregated news and video products. Currently she is the executive chair at FuelX, a digital advertising company she founded in 2013.

Song attended the National High School Institute for Journalism—also known as Medill Cherubs—in 1986 and has been an instructor with the cherub program since 2003.

In addition to her degree from Medill, Song received a master of arts in media studies from Stanford University.