About Mary Ann

Mary Ann is managing director of the Beyster Foundation for Enterprise Development and the Azulito Fund, and founder of Yellow Warbler Media.  She has a 30-year career as an engineer, manager and executive in high-technology mfg, environmental management and systems consulting, and small business innovation. 

She began documentary filmmaking in 2010, and has received a Public Media Award, numerous film festival awards, and CA Legislator’s civic recognition award. Her films have been broadcasted national on PBS/public television, and distributed by Cinema Guild, Films Media Group, Apple TV and global digital platforms. 

She primarily works with entrepreneurs, academics, and non-profit leaders advancing environmental stewardship, community health, and equitable wealth building.

Documentary Filmmaker

Mary Ann’s documentary films and educational videos capture stories of entrepreneurial spirit, community, and sustainability. Her awards include best director, best short, best feature documentary, and best independent Public Media production. She is advising two independent marine-based film, piloting 360/VR films, working on kelp/seaweed film projects, and judging for San Diego Film Week and GI Film Festival. 

Mary Ann’s films have been seen through film festivals in the U.S. and internationally, are used in hundreds of university classrooms, used by companies and professionals as training tools, and seen across the country through hundreds of PBS/public television channels.

Yellow Warbler Media is inspired by the charismatic yellow warbler whose vibrant color and song express beauty, hope, and tenacity. Warblers represent diversify of ideas, and an expansion of one’s surroundings.

Mary Ann Beyster – Employee Ownership

From the MIT Sloan School of Management/Hitachi Foundation “Great Companies, Great Jobs” Action Lab

Video editing by Jim Galdos

Ohio Employee Ownership Center Award

The Foundation for Enterprise Development’s Mary Ann Beyster talks about receiving the 2015 John Logue Employee Ownership Excellence Award at the Ohio Employee Ownership Center’s 29th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference

Ownership & Social Impact

Mary Ann Beyster presents at U-MICH’s 2017 Women Entrepreneurs & Social Change Conference

What Others are Saying About My Work


What a fantastic film and what great work you do! As a fellow San Diegan I am especially proud of everyone at Olivewood!

– Alison R.


For those of us who teach, this is a must watch for our students.

– Nana S.

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– Rosanne H.