On My Launching Pad Work with Colleague Bill Bennet (founder of Yoplait Yogurt, USA):
"Carol and Bill have the insight and the experience to deftly navigate the countless highs and lows of entrepreneurship -- from the excitement of developing a new business idea to the practicalities of what it will actually cost. They are enthusiastic advocates and prudent advisors -- a unique, invaluable alliance to any business owner.”
Jean Terranova, “Aunt Jeannie’s”
Client - Sue DiPesa, President of Home Plate, a meal delivery service
"Carol is an inspiration. When we met Carol, our business was just an idea. Not only did she motivate us to pursue our dream, but now that the company is up and running, her enthusiasm and words of wisdom have kept us on track and moving ahead."
Sue DiPesa, Home Plate
Recommendation from Elizabeth Bridgewater, Former Program Director, Center for Women & Enterprise, Boston, MA (Currently Director, Lower Cape Community Development Corp.)
To whom it may concern,
It is a pleasure to submit a letter of recommendation for Carol Coutrier of the Launching Pad. I have worked with Carol for three years and have the highest regard for the quality and integrity she brings to all her endeavors.
Carol and I met when she was a featured speaker in CWE’s Breakfast with Champions Program, a monthly networking event for women entrepreneurs seeking inspiration and new business contacts. Her message was inspirational and challenging and the audience feedback was very positive. We later hired Carol as a consultant to facilitate a new peer mentoring program that met each month for a year. Carol was instrumental in creating the program and developed materials for other facilitators to use as well. The program ran for two years and was tremendously helpful for the participants. Finally, Carol and I co-facilitated a pre-business planning workshop that helped participants develop their concepts and clarify their business mission and vision.
The approach Carol takes to her work is thoughtful. She is very thorough in her planning and executes her projects with a high attention to detail. She is exceptionally good at building strong connections with clients and brings all of her resources to each relationship. She takes the time to get to know each client and their unique situation and as a result she is very strategic in her advice.
Above all, Carol is a collaborator. She enjoys working with people and has an intuitive sense of when to take the lead and when to step back to let someone else shine. It was a pleasure working with her for the past few years and I would recommend her without reservation for any project that needs her skills.
Program Manager, CWE
Center for Women & Enterprise GROW (Getting Right On With It) Groups
Designed the 9 month program and authored the facilitator’s manual.
Facilitated groups for 2 ½ years.
Evaluation Comments on the Group Experience:
The Leadership Connection
Co-designed and facilitated with Dar Gillett an eight-month group experience for eight leaders with a wide range of ethnic backgrounds, ages and business sizes ranging from start-ups to large corporations.
Evaluation Comments on the Group Experience:
more about myself, my role in my business and the universality of business/culture principles…The group created a phenomenal bond in an amazingly short period of time. The benefits I believe anyone would experience are a greater sense of self and an affirmation that virtues in the workplace not only can be discussed, but are imperative to success.”
Vice president, retail operations for a national audio equipment manufacturer
Speaker, (My Hommus Factory Story with Learnings),Quinsigamond Community College Business Class, 6/7/06 and 12/12/06
Instructor: Virginia Mary Swain
Comments from Students:
“Thank you. You are an excellent presenter. I have taken a few tips from you. You are an invaluable asset to our class and society.”
“Your information was very helpful. I will use some of your advice in my future business, and I hope I can reach you if I need any help from you. Thank you very much.”
“Carol, I was riveted. Thank you for sharing your story. I am truly motivated by you!”
“You are an inspiration!”
“Really great story. Thanks for sharing.”
“Thanks, Carol. Your knowledge and inspiration was great. Thanks for sharing your story.”
Designed and facilitated a day long retreat for staff of CWE.
Letter from Jennifer Bennet, staff member, CWE:
“What an incredible job you did of bringing poetry, ritual and grace
to what could have been an awkward situation. I feel so privileged
to work in an environment that brings together and celebrates the unique talents and strengths of each woman. Each time I have the opportunity to work with you I am impressed by your dedication and
knowledge. Thanks for leading us down the path to a better understanding of CWE.”