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"Dear Mr. Howard, Thank you very much for serving as the keynote speaker for our annual Faculty/Staff Retreat at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. We appreciated the effort you put into the meeting and your presentation on "Excelling in Teamwork".

This retreat is an integral part of our school’s strategic planning process and the energy and enthusiasm you expressed during your presentation helped to invigorate this vital project. Your willingness to work closely with our retreat planning committee to customize your presentation to our needs was particularly helpful.

Everyone that participated in the retreat planning process was impressed by your ability to get the audience involved and inspired. This accomplishment was no small feat considering you were addressing an audience that included our faculty and staff, which represents a wide range of backgrounds and includes responsibilities for the full scope of functions at our school.

Again, we thank you for delivering an inspiring and lively presentation and hope that your message of "Together, We Can Live Up To and Achieve the New Vision" will continue to resonate with our group! "

Randy J.,
Director of Operations, and Faculty & Staff Retreat Chair,
University of Maryland School of Dentistry

"Dear Mr. Howard: Thank you for coming to speak with us at the Space Mission Challenges for IT (SMC-IT) Conference here at the Applied Physics Laboratory. Your interactive presentation, entitled "You Have to FOCUS and S-T-R-E-T-C-H for Continuous Success", was entertaining and inspirational.

The degree to which you involved the audience and had them moving was quite a nice change after the long day of technical presentations. It was obvious that you were well prepared, and had tailored parts of your presentation with specific examples for the space industry to resonate with the conference attendees. Your passion and positive attitude are contagious, and I received numerous complements on your message and delivery. I would not hesitate to invite you again to speak to us in the future. Thank you!"

Brian D.,
General Conference Chair
Space Mission Challenges for IT (SMC-IT

"Dear Mr. Howard: On behalf of the planning committee, executive leadership, and educational staff of Community Action Project of Tulsa (CAP Tulsa), we would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation for your motivational keynote address to open our Pre-Service Educational Conference. Your presentation, Re-Igniting and Re-Capturing Your Passion, to our audience of over 500 educational professionals was very relevant and was expertly tailored to our audiences’ challenges and goals. Your passion to help confront the issues our early educators face when working with families in poverty, along with sharing your own personal stories, really touched the hearts of the audience and made your presentation rich and meaningful.

The feedback from your session was extremely positive. Participants cited how interactive and engaging the keynote session was, and that it was relevant to their lives and connected to our work here at CAP Tulsa. I know that this was the result of many months of talks that you and I had about our culture here and some of our goals, and your very careful preparation to make your presentation as targeted and applicable to our issues as possible. Participants also liked the self-reflection involved in your presentation, and felt that this element helped make them more accountable to use the lessons learned after the conference.

In addition to the keynote, you spent the afternoon delivering a customized session to our center director on Excelling in Teamwork. Their feedback was also quite positive, as you were able to share your expertise and insight and also “bring it home” for them and provide actionable guidance."

Catheryn A.,
Director of Learning and Performance
Community Action Project of Tulsa (CAP Tulsa)

"Ty, Thank you for serving as the opening keynote speaker for our recent Annual Johns Hopkins HR Conference: Celebrating HR.

Judging by the energetic response of your audience and the numerous high ratings post-conference evaluations we received, your presentation, Untie the Knots®, was well-received, relevant, and inspiring. We especially appreciated your sense of humor, comfort with the topic, very engaging and dynamic style, and obvious preparation. It was a pleasure having you on our agenda!"

Jeb K.,
The HR Conference Committee
Johns Hopkins Annual HR Conference

"The Goddard School was please to host Ty Howard as our very special guest speaker, for our spring Teacher In-Service. Ty kept all 50 Goddard Employees in attendance mesmerized with his enthusiasm, quick wit and stories with real life examples of hope, determination and encouragement. He made everyone feel individually and collectively proud to be passion-driven professionals in early childhood development. His practical strategies inspired and empowered us all to keep the momentum and stay positive in continuous excellence. When I asked my staff how they felt about the experience, it was unanimous! All were excited for having been part of the event. A few of the words which were used by my team to describe both Ty and his message are entertaining, truthful, heartfelt, positive, thought provoking, and insightful.

The Goddard School of Ashburn wants to make every day an "A" day, especially after our in-service with Ty."

Alice B.,
Executive Director
The Goddard School of Ashburn, Virginia

"We would like to thank you for delivering the motivational presentation "You Have to F.O.C.U.S. and S-T-R-E-T-C-H for Continuous Success" at our all employee meeting. The information you presented was relevant and right on point with the corporate culture we are trying to foster. Your enthusiasm about the subject matter kept the employees engaged throughout your presentation. The feedback from our employees was positive, and we appreciated your ability to inspire them to make their best better.

Again, we would like to thank you for delivering an inspiring presentation and hope that your message will help keep our employees 'Green and Growing.'"

Paula B.,
Manager Human Resources
Choptank Electric Cooperative, Inc.

"Thank you very much Ty for taking the time to join us as the guest motivational speaker for the Robert H. Smith School of Business 1st Annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon. This luncheon was the kick-off to the great staff engagement and morale booster activities that we have planned for the up and coming year. We received many accolades on the luncheon, and your dynamic inspirational staff appreciation speech really motivated the crowd.

From the very beginning, you were a joy to work with and the chosen topic of 'You Have to F.O.C.U.S. and S-T-R-E-T-C-H for Continuous Success' gave our staff the motivation to forge ahead. The new academic year has started and they are eager and excited for what's to come."

Bobvita S. S.,
Director of Human Resources
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

"Hello Mr. Howard! On behalf of the Support Staff Development Working Group and Training & Development of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for presenting at the Annual KOSA Training Conference. I have reviewed the evaluations from the event and summarized the feedback for your keynote and lunchtime session. I am pleased to say that all of the attendees at your session, “Untie the Knots: A Prescription for C.H.A.N.G.E.” gave it very high ratings, learned more than expected, and rated it as very important to their job. Below are some of the comments we received:

'Ty Howard was an excellent speaker. His presentation and content was appropriate for the audience.'

'I thought the Keynote Speaker was very well prepared, I enjoyed the encouragement from his session. We should always have something to smile about each day, and it's a good reminder that we do really work for a wonderful company!'

'He was a very engaging and inspiring speaker! Bring him back again, soon.'

'The keynote speech was very well done. Since KOSA is all about changing and keeping ahead of things, the speech was extremely relevant.'

'Presentation was lively and informative. Liked the way he engaged the audience.'

'Excellent speaker; motivational and educational; really connected and got the group to intermingle.'

'Excellent choice of speaker; Ty Howard's key messages throughout his talk are very relevant to our jobs as administrative professionals. He was energetic, provided examples from his own experience, very professional, and respectful. My take away from this session is to embrace change, evolve, and use it not only to do your work but also for personal growth.'

'Ty was very motivating and reiterated many things that we know from experience but tend to overlook. He was refreshing as well as engaging.'

The administrative and support staff professionals appreciated you as a speaker as well as having the opportunity to get the useful career and life enhancing information you provided. The conference committee definitely appreciated the fact that you collaboratively helped to make our conference a BIG Success.

Thank You!"

Judy H.,
Staff Development Working Group, Training & Development
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)

"Ty, great message and presentation at our in-service this year, the best ever of all guest speakers we've had in the 3.5 years being there! You should come visit our campus and do something on the lines of 'Professional Image'. Many of the students do not want to change their personal image for the professional image, and wonder why their career success is hindered. I strongly hope senior management brings you back to speak real soon. Again, it was a pleasure to hear and meet you. Best wishes and continued success!"

Tobi E.,
Staff Member
Ross Education, LLC

"On behalf of the Administrative Professional staff at the Kennedy Krieger Institute Family Center, we would like to thank you for your wonderful presentation regarding Untie the Knots®: Improving Habits and Morale in the Workplace. We appreciate you sharing your insight, talent, expertise, and improvement strategies coupled with your wonderful sense of humor. Your presentation made this an enjoyable event for everyone.

We look forward to developing an ongoing professional relationship with you and InspiraGen Institute, and would love to host you again in the near future."

Vanessa W.,
Manager, Care Team
The Family Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute

"On behalf of the conference planning committee, thank you very much for participating in the MFIP Conference held in Rochester, Minnesota. An overwhelming majority specifically rated your general session address, Untie the Knots®: A Prescription for C.H.A.N.G.E. a perfect 10. One attendee said ‘Ty Howard was very inspirational and gave me a renewed energy, need to do this work.’"

Bruce B.,
Conference Planner
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

"Thank you for delivering your dynamic inspirational presentation to our team on Tying Into A Better YOU. Everyone truly enjoyed your message, as well as your very funny and entertaining delivery. We wish you the very best as you share your positive attitude, philosophy and inspiration with other teams around the world."

Sheri S.,
Vice President, Research & Development
General Mills

"We received notice that the schedule speaker for the MHIM’s Annual meeting had to cancel at the last minute due to health reasons, and we desperately needed a quality keynote speaker to fill the void by the original speaker. Mr. Ty Howard was recommended and subsequently retained. His presentation, in spite of only a few days notice, was on target and very professionally presented. It was dynamic, very entertaining, and positively uplifting. It kept the group's attention — did not allow for ‘wandering minds’ and kept them focused on his message by his direct, personal, yet cheerful presentation on The Power of a Positive Attitude. Many members continued to comment about motivational thoughts and how they could use the tips and strategies Ty shared at their office or home. The Association definitely hit a grand slam homerun by having Ty Howard as our keynote speaker!"

Lowell C.,
Executive Director
Maryland Housing Institute of Maryland, Inc.

"Thank you for delivering your presentations on It Will Cost to Be the Boss and
Using Diversity as a STRENGTH at the Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel - Teen Leadership Summit, held in Baltimore, Maryland. Because of your efforts and those of many others, we were able to provide over six hundred young people with a wonderful day long experience of exceptional keynote speakers and educational session leaders. I know that this experience will have a tremendous impact on each of their lives. Thanks again for helping to send a positive and powerful message to our youth."

Elijah E. Cummings,
7th District, Maryland
Member of Congress

"Thank you for speaking at the Maryland Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Your You Were Born to Be G.R.R.R.R.E.A.T. presentation was a wonderful message to our students about focusing on improving themselves and ultimately attaining greatness. I especially appreciated your enthusiasm to personally greet and shake hands with all the young people at the conference after your keynote presentation. Thank you again!"

David J.,
Maryland FBLA-PBL Board of Directors

"Thank you for the presentation to the ESAB North America Controllers. Your, during dinner, keynote message Leading with Confidence, Integrity and By Example was perfectly in line with the closing presentation to the group earlier in the evening regarding organizational development. The feedback from the group was very positive and well worth ESAB’s investment to have you as our speaker!"

Brian W.,
Operations Controller
ESAB Welding & Cutting - North America

"On behalf of my staff members, I would like to thank you for your inspirational presentation held on November 4th. Often times we do not take the time to explore and sift through our daily habits and your presentation offered suggestions and opened the door for further discussions amongst my staff. We are taking the opportunity to purchase copies of your book for our staff members so they can continue on the path of learning about themselves and the knots they currently have blocking their professional and individual growth."

Debbie B.,
Deputy Director, Office of Management Operations
Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

"The Team wanted to thank you for presenting such an awesome presentation ( Untie the Knots®: A Prescription for C.H.A.N.G.E. ) at our Research Leader’s Conference. We’ve received a lot of great feedback, and we appreciate your insights and take-home value. You were thoughtful, funny, engaging and entertaining—we couldn’t have asked for anything more!"

Lisa B.,
Deputy Area Director
The United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

"On behalf of the Annual Conference Committee, I would like to thank you for making our event such a BIG Success. Your ability to adapt your presentation ( Untie the Knots®: Surviving & Thriving in a Dismal Economy ) and adjust to the needs of the audience was a huge benefit. It was a great pleasure working with you over the past few months; you made my job very easy and delivered on exactly what you promised... and more! Again, my deepest appreciation for all you did in support of this year's AADMM Annual Conference."

Denise O.,
Program Coordinator
American Association of Daily Money Managers (AADMM)

"Mr. Howard, thank you for presenting Untie the Knots® That Tie Up Your Life to our employees. The full-day training class received an excellent rating. Students enjoyed the interactive activities integrated throughout the lesson. The exercises not only enabled participants to express their feelings in a safe environment, but allowed them to see that they share similar feelings irrespective of their locations or positions. Here are a few comments:

'Great, dynamic instructor.'

'The 9 steps will be used at work and home.'

'Absolutely, gained insight on how to identify and untie my knots.'

'More time needed – invaluable information and strategies, should be 2-days.'

'Helped me realize my imperfections in a non-threatening way.'

'Encouraged a positive attitude and a deeper appreciation for having a job.'

'Gained new outlook on myself and how to make improvements.'

'Helped me evaluate actual problems versus perceived problems.'

'Very inspirational and dynamic ALL the way through the entire day.'

Because the class received such a positive response it is likely that we will sponsor it again so that more people can gain insight into the toxic behaviors that hinder them from achieving their personal and professional best."

Michele W.,
Office of Publications and Logistics Management
Social Security Administration, Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD

"Ty Howard was a motivational speaker at my financial symposium. Before the symposium, he reached out to me and we had a conversation about my offices and its challenges, which was very refreshing. My symposium was for 2 days. Ty was scheduled to speak on the second day; however, he came the first day to observe the audience. Ty was the very last speaker on the 2nd day and he was awesome. Without giving away his presentation, let me tell you that my staff left the symposium with energy, smiles and positive attitudes. They were talking about him for days. I would highly recommend for any organization looking for a dynamic – professional – motivational speaker with lots of substance, interaction and fun, to hire and have Ty Howard as a keynote or general session speaker! If you can... have him at the end of the last day."

Sue F.,
Director, Office of Financial Services
U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

"Willie Jolley (renowned celebrity motivational speaker), thank you so much for referring Ty Howard to speak at BAE Systems’ Black History Program. He did a superior job. He definitely had a word for everyone — Break the Chains. The Program was a huge success, partly because of the keynote presentation that Ty delivered. Ty, thanks sooooooo MUCH!! We will definitely be contacting you again. Be Blessed."

Trichita J.,
Meeting Planner
BAE Systems, Washington, DC

"Thank you so much for presenting the training programs to employees of Charles County Government. The evaluations were positive, and employees enjoyed the programs. The information was valuable and you were able to explain their options clearly. The Public Speaking program enabled employees to use some skills they already had while developing new ones. Employees loved the Creative Thinking program, and were energized by the information shared, as well as your high-energy, dynamic presentation style. The employees in the Excelling as a First-Time Supervisor program appreciated being given tips and helpful guidelines for easing the transition from employee to supervisor. Ty, you're definitely a reliable resource and expert that will help any organization and its people to continuously succeed. Thank you!"

Nikki B.,
Training & Development Coordinator
Charles County Government, Maryland

"You captivated and won the hearts of the nearly three hundred people at the Administrative Support Staff Luncheon sponsored by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory when you delivered your presentation, ‘Creating Excellence Through Personal Excellence.’ You touched the lives of everyone in the audience with your dynamic and entertaining keynote address. I heard many positive comments about the presentation. Here are just a few of the comments I received,
‘The motivational speaker, Mr. Ty Howard, was excellent. Please invite him back again, soon!’

‘Ty Howard was a very good speaker. I enjoyed his presentation; he was professional and entertaining. And he offered good reminders that we can all use.’

‘He made me think a lot about what I could change.’"

Karen U.,
Assistant Coordinator, Laboratory Special Events
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

"What a dynamic workshop! On behalf of the support staff of the Patient Services Division at Children’s National Medical Center, we would like to thank you for your participation as our guest presenter at our Professional Administrative Assistants’ Workshop. Everyone in attendance felt the workshop was a success. You were lively, motivational, funny, and very knowledgeable. Your presentation was flawless; and for six hours you held the attention of all present from beginning to end. You inspired all participants to aspire in caring for our patients, families and other staff. Again, we appreciate your time, preparation and sharing of your expertise. Ty, you made our Support Staff Professionals Day a huge success!"

Carolyn B.,
Meeting Planner
Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC

"Your presentation to our staff was exceptional. Everyone in attendance expressed enthusiasm and appreciation of the material and information you provided. Thank you for your energy and the positive attitude of your presentation. The renewed energy of the staff will go far in providing exceptional customer service to the citizens of Charles County, Maryland."

Dr. Rebecca B. Bridgett,
Charles County Department of Social Services, Maryland

"I truly believe Ty Howard's philosophy can enhance the quality of life for anyone who exposes themselves to it. Ty, you can tell we are satisfied customers, because we keep asking you back!"

Larry Mettert,
Employer Services Coordinator
Maryland Job Service

"You were EXCELLENT! Exactly what our sales force needed. Our new business prospecting numbers increased 15% after your presentation on prospecting!"

Kevin Lawson,
District Sales Manager
Pharmaceutical Sales Industry

"You left our staff feeling energized and empowered about their role as education professionals and human service specialists. You reminded us that we are a RESOURCE and that the students we serve and the progress they make will provide us with an invaluable reward.  We at Care Resources have already started the leg-work to have you back next year!"

Kirk Sykes,
Education Coordinator
Care Resources

"I wish to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation for the wonderful Elevating and Empowering Your Presentation Skills session that you provided for the Academy of Finance students from Howard and River Hill High Schools at the University of Phoenix. It was very informative and easy to understand; the participants especially liked the train anology and the stories that you told about your own experiences.  Ty, Remember: There's A Train Coming... Stay Onboard Your Train To Success—You are Making A Difference!"

Shelley Day Johnson,
Director, Academy of Finance
The Howard County Public School System

"Ty Howard is a remarkable and exciting speaker who motivates the mind, heart and soul to do more then Just Enough To Get By."

Kiesha Cockett, Age 16
Towson High School
Upward Bound Program

"Ty Howard is a living, walking endorsement of self-development, self-esteem and being effective as a human being. Experience one of his programs and you'll be inspired to do more, be more and achieve more daily!"

Glenda Odom,
Economic Development Specialist
Maryland Department of Housing & Communities

"It's still working one-year later! You put Coping With Change in a format that connected with all our managers.  It's a very motivating and encouraging feeling to see us now reaching and exceeding our set goals!"

Stacey O'Neill,
Executive Director
Organization Requests to Remain Anonymous

"Ty Howard brings excitement and empowerment to every audience, and encourages them to go beyond the basic fundamentals to reach new level of excellence!."

Donna McCoy,
Founder & President of McCoy & Associates
Empowerment 2000 Conference

"I was a participant at one of your other programs last year.  Now, at this teen conference here at Morgan State University, your program exceeded the terrific job you did last year.  I will begin setting clearly defined written goals and going after them—today!"

Eddie, Age 17
Baltimore, MD
Annual Independent Living Teen Conference

"On behalf of the Fredrick Douglass High School Students, their Guidance Counselors and the Employment Committee of the Baltimore Continentals, we wish to thank you for the information you so readily shared on Effective Interviewing Skills. Your sincere manner, as well as your practical information conerning preparation before, during and after an Interview gave the students a lot of food for thought.  You are a fine example for young people; keep up the good work!"

Mrs. Marjorie Washington
and Mrs. Muriel Johnson,
The Employment Committee Co-Chairs
The Continental Societies, Inc.
Baltimore Chapter

"The Board of Directors for the BMAC was very impressed by the amount of preparation that went into delivering the message to our group. What a success that day was—we enjoyed 10% increase in membership. I believe this was due to your encouraging words to the audience, which reminded them to support and join the chapter. It was a pleasure to meet and work with you and I hope to do so again in the very near future."

Ms. Mary Schabdach, CPP
The Baltimore Metropolitan Area Chapter
American Payroll Association

"Mr. Howard, thank you for the outstanding job that you did as keynote speaker at Baltimore City Community College's In-Service Diversity Awareness Training Program. Your delivery was as excellent as the content, and the content was right on the mark. I am sure that our staff gained a great deal from your presentation, and that the lessons learned will have a lasting impact far beyond your message."

Dr. James D. Tschectelin,
Baltimore City Community College

"Ty has been instrumental in brightening the lives of quite a few students and should be proud of his work in this area. To have done this for one student would be an accomplishment of great importance, but he has done it for many. This is not an achievement to be taken lightly. I, for one, am proud to say I know him."

Ms. Linda E. Brooks,
Pathways to Success Program
Hosted by the
Chesapeake Human Resources Ass'n
Baltimore, MD

"Ty, congratulations on a job well done! The First Annual Academy of Finance Career Development Student Conference at Montgomery Community College, was a GREAT success! You gave the students concise information, tips, and encouragement to promote independent learning and goal setting in your session entitled, Elevating Your Public Speaking Skills. I know that such a fantastic presentation does not happen without much dedication and hours of preparation. We received many positive comments from the students during the conference as well as on the written evaluations. We definitely want you back again next year!"

Ms. Shelley Johnson,
Business Management and Information Technology
Montgomery County Public Schools

"Ty, your keynote address at the STRIVE Graduation was both inspirational and informative. The message provided the graduates with tools to be not only productive and motivated employees, but also these tools will enable them to navigate all aspects of their lives. The graduates were impressed and encouraged by hearing about your background and your current activities.

Your challenge to Odell DeShield to continue his education beyond obtaining his A+ Certification and your offer to give Odell further opportunities proved your commitment to helping people help themselves. Continue inspiring GREAT People to do GREAT Things!"

Mr. Moses Hammett,
Director of Workforce Development
STRIVE Baltimore, MD

"Ty's presentation was great and very useful. It was helpful to have an individual discuss their marketing techniques, why they chose a particular technique, the trials and tribulations they experienced and answer questions. I found this more helpful than reading the book because then it was easier to apply it once I had a true life example to use as a reference point."

"Ty Howard's presentation was very enlightening. I especially found his answers on how to market oneself very informative. I have to admit that I am one of those that get comfortable and forget to stay ahead of the game. I made a commitment to update my resume by May 5th 2002."

"I walked away feeling more confident about pursuing my goal of being in business for myself within the next five years. I really appreciated the list of resources he put together."

University of Phoenix
Graduate Marketing Course
University of Phoenix, Columbia, MD Campus

"Ty, your program entitled, 'Unleash the Winner In You' should be heard by every young and young adult person today! What impressed me most was that you had a universally needed message of self-empowerment that you delivered with relevant personal stories, coupled with exciting humor. Every student, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) member, I talked to after your presentation, expressed to me how much they enjoyed and took away from your program. It was definitely a treat to listen to your dynamic, enlightening and inspiring keynote presentation. Keep up the great work and keep challenging all people to unleash the winners within themselves."

Dr. Todd A. Milano
Central Pennsylvania College, Summerdale, PA


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