Krystal Peartree, NYC Solutions With Mary’s extensive background and expertise in business bootcamp coaching, she quickly became our number one pick for instructing our Entrepreneurship Bootcamp curriculum. Since she started in October 2011 I’ve noticed an increase in registration, as well as (and more importantly), in the completion of all sessions of the course from our clients. Mary offers her expertise, real life examples that an audience can relate to, and a professional demeanor. Additionally she has a great sense of humor; she’s very punctual, and always willing to go the extra distance to assist our clients if in need of additional clarity on a topic covered. As our program is free of charge and open to the public, our audience tends to run the gamut in regard to the inclusion of businesses in various stages of development and with varying degrees of sophistication. The curriculum is not tailored for one particular phase or industry. What I really enjoy about Mary’s coaching style is her ability to deliver the curriculum in a way that is satisfying, inspiring, and worthwhile for the full audience, despite the challenges posed by the diversity of attendees. Overall Mary has been such a pleasure to work with. With instructors like Mary, it is easy for us to stand by our commitment to deliver quality information to entrepreneurs in NYC.
Michel Bitritto, NJMBA "Over a period of four to five months, Mary Howard provided a structured group training environment which brought our entrepreneurs together with interactive discussions that are difficult to achieve even in a shared facility like ours. There were homework assignments and very in-depth, follow up one-on-one strategic discussions which resulted in several companies seeing their business with new eyes. A company that was looking to sell its assets, saw good growth potential in several newly identified market segments; another changed their strategy from selling to end users to selling through intermediaries where the product benefits would be the greatest. All of the participating companies developed sophisticated slide presentations by the end of the program that were actually just the tip of the iceberg. The real substance behind the beautifully designed, information packed slides was the behind the strategic work that Mary Howard led them through including the in depth market analysis, competitive advantage research, financial projections, etc. Mary Howard is very, very knowledgeable and really understands entrepreneurship from an extensive experience base. She is a great facilitator and trainer with a soft but focused demeanor. In the one-on-ones with client companies, she asked entrepreneurs probing questions, at times challenging their assumptions which catalyzed strategic "ah ha's" without "turning them off." Mary's vast network of contacts came into play throughout the program. She continually brought our companies together with people who could help our clients grow by sharing their experience and contacts or even by incorporating the entrepreneur's product into their own distribution system. A highlight was a "friendly audience of judges" who reviewed and gave written and verbal feed back to our companies on everything from their presentation skills to the look, feel and content of their slides to their strategic focus and financials projections. Design Technologies provided us, throughout the process, with all of the documentation we needed for our own internal reporting, which as a government agency is rigorous."
Deb Johnson, Academic Director of Sustainability Founder,
Pratt Design Incubator "Ms. Howard worked on the development and delivery of the Pratt Incubator - RampUp! program. This successful 16 week program advanced our early stage, design-centric, entrepreneurs into more focused strategically aligned businesses that are prepared to accelerate their growth. Ms. Howard was critical to RampUp!'s success. She brought her deep knowledge of the process of starting up, the world of venture capital and the vast landscape of business together with her constant enthusiasm for coaching people through the various challenges of entrepreneurship. She generously tapped her network of experts in technology, design and entrepreneurship to review the work of the class. Above all her genuine interest in the success of her students makes her a respected and admired teacher."
Robert Kirkbride, Product Design Program, Parsons,The New School for Design "Mary’s ability to bridge design with non-designers, and to discern for- and non-profit business opportunities and strategies, is rare and formidable. She has proven a remarkable colleague and a point of strength in the program’s advances in promoting socially-centered design in the past several years. I cannot recommend her skills and contributions highly enough."