Mary Jo Huard is the Owner of Southwest Training Institute, a training and facilitation company, founded in 1988, and headquartered in FORT WORTH, TX. Prior to starting her own company, Ms. Huard worked for Texas Instruments in the field of training and organizational effectiveness where she was a sought-after internal consultant and workshop leader. Her background includes over 20 years of experience in Human Resources, Training, and Organizational Development in both the public and private arenas with extensive experience in high tech, manufacturing, and education.
Today, Ms. Huard works with companies, large and small, in all areas of employee engagement, leadership development, communication skills, creativity & innovation, team building, consulting skills, customer service, sales, diversity, negotiation, 360-performance feedback & coaching, career development and change management. She is highly regarded in helping individuals, teams and leaders improve their performance and contribute to the success of their organizations and business objectives. She is an active member and a frequent speaker at both local organizations and national conference events. She has earned a reputation as a knowledgeable and informative instructor & presenter, regularly enjoying high attendance figures and positive performance feedback.
Ms. Huard holds a BS degree in Education and Business and an MA in Counseling in Higher Education. She is a certified professional workshop leader in the Edward de Bono methods of thinking and creativity (Six Thinking Hats, Lateral Thinking, and Direct Attention Thinking Tools). Besides her own workshops and learning products, she is an experienced and successful Affiliate of Vital Learning, Performance Support Systems, CRK Interactive, Inscape Publishing, QMR, and Target Training International learning products. Special pricing for many of these learning products is available to government, education, and non-profit client organizations. For the eighth consecutive year, Inscape Publishing, has recognized Ms. Huard’s achievements with sales awards placing her in the top 5% of distributors worldwide. Southwest Training Institute is proud to be a Certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise.
Companies utilize Ms. Huard’s services in all areas of Human Resource Learning & Development, for establishing and delivering skill-based training to broad audiences including senior management. She is highly regarded as an expert in all aspects of Training and Development and for her ability to solve complex organizational issues. Ms. Huard is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management, the American Society of Training & Development, and is active in public service and numerous civic organizations.