Fortune may favor the bold, but how do you win fortune's favor if you are meek? Serial entrepreneur and ex-skydiving instructor Mary Haskett will tell stories of her transformation from scared bunny to calculated risk taker. Learn the tricks of dealing with small and big risks from a woman who went from owning a skydiving school to founding a biometric security systems start-up.
Mary Haskett drives the business strategy and marketing direction, as well as manages the day-to-day operations at Tactical Information Systems.
Ms. Haskett began her career in the defense industry, developing embedded simulation-based training for the Advanced Tomahawk Weapon Control System (ATWCS). In 1996, Ms. Haskett went on to found HCI Training, Inc., an Austin, Texas-based training development company.
Throughout the years, Ms. Haskett has managed training development and deployment programs for a number of clients, including Dell, Sybase, USAA as well as the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. In 2002, she was nominated as one of the Austin Business Journal's Profiles to Watch in tech-savvy Austin, Texas. Ms. Haskett has served on the boards of directors of the Austin chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), the Austin chapter of the Association of Internet Professionals (AIP) and the International Interactive Communication Society (IICS). She often presents at training industry conferences and trade shows including Online Learning, Training Director's Forum, Computer Training World and e-Learning.
In 2007, HCI Training, Inc., was acquired by its largest client, Ideal Innovations, Inc. (I-3). Ms. Haskett was asked to stay on as the Vice President of Software and Training for I-3 to lead system integration teams responsible for providing comprehensive biometric solutions to both U.S. and foreign governments. Her tenure with I-3 resulted in exposure to the cultures and related needs of a variety of clients, including customers and end-users in Iraq, Kurdistan and Afghanistan.
Ms. Haskett holds an M.Ed. in Educational Technology from Texas A&M University and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics awarded by the University of Texas at Dallas.