I didn't choose a field; I chose a purpose. I'm crazy enough to think that my actions can change the world. Big or small, it all counts. This happens to be the best way I've figured out how to do so thus far.
Garden City, NY (PRWEB) January 19, 2014
NAPW honors Amber Howard, Ph.D., as a 2013/2014 Professional Woman of the Year for leadership with this prestigious distinction. As the largest, most-recognized organization of women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession, the National Association of Professional Women is a powerfully vibrant networking community with over 600,000 members and nearly 400 Local Chapters.
“I didn't choose a field; I chose a purpose. I'm crazy enough to think that my actions can change the world. Big or small, it all counts. This happens to be the best way I've figured out how to do so thus far,” says Ms. Howard, who works as a teacher, facilitator, researcher and designer.
As an independent design and research consultant, Ms.Howard collaborates with businesses, nonprofits, initiatives, and social enterprises, creating innovative campaigns and initiatives that have a positive impact on the community and the world. Before choosing a direction, Ms.Howard conducts extensive research with the community to find common ground and "leverage points" that will make a lasting impact.
“Seeing the big picture—the patterns in actual data—can quickly debunk biases and persuasive arguments,” she says. “I help communities articulate a shared vision, and then build the communication and cultural infrastructure to achieve it. The infrastructure builds momentum around the vision and expands the community. I also create metrics to ensure the community is healthy and on track every step of the way.”
Ms.Howard is also a lecturer at her alma mater, North Carolina State University, College of Design, where she shares her knowledge with students, inspiring them to explore, self-discover and create. In January, Ms.Howard will embark on her latest professional endeavor when she takes on the role of vice president of marketing and brand development for Natural Life.