I’m a certified Master Gardener, with a focus on edible plants, both fruits, and vegetables.
I love to can and preserve what I grow, including jellies, jams, and pickles.
Nancy holds a BS in Secondary Education from Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa) and has had extensive sales, marketing, human relations, and management training through IBM. She is certified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI). Mrs. Perret is a past board member and past President of the American Society for Training and Development (New Orleans Chapter) and a past board member of the United Way of Greater New Orleans and the Chamber of Commerce New Orleans & the River Region. She has served as a United Way of America/Annie E. Casey Foundation Fellow as part of a national community-building fellowship conducted through the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Nancy Burris Perret is president of Burris and Associates, Inc. (doing business as MindShare), a consulting and training organization specializing in helping organizations change by focusing on their people, plans, and processes. Mrs. Perret established her own business in 1994, following 17 years with the IBM Corporation. Her work at IBM included nine years in management, with both business and personnel management responsibilities. Nancy’s areas of expertise include facilitating groups, strategic planning, team building and improving management systems. She has significant practical experience in building and managing start-up organizations. Her clients include many nonprofits and small businesses in Louisiana, Mississippi and throughout the United States.
She has extensive business and personnel management experience, beginning with her tenure in management within IBM. In both first-line and second-line management positions, Nancy managed sales, marketing and technical support personnel, supporting their achievement of organizational goals. Within IBM, line management also has responsibility for personnel management, including performance planning, coaching and counseling and employee performance assessments. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Nancy staffed the Health and Human Services Desk in the Emergency Operations Center for Orleans Parish, facilitating the development of a health services recovery plan for New Orleans. This involved working with military planners, government officials and public and private health care providers throughout the city. This plan was then interwoven with the state’s recovery plan for health care that involved the entire Katrina affected area.
Drake University, Des Moines, IA – B.S., Secondary Education, 1977