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Our ND Team

New Directions, Inc. was founded in 1984 with a single goal: to offer high quality, comprehensive training, consulting and quality products with a one-to-one customer service experience for organizations and businesses eager to succeed in the competitive marketplace. Our goal remains the same today.

Our team is the embodiment of that goal.  We believe our success is only achievable because of the hard work and commitment of our dedicated team of experts.  They are an integral part of the New Directions experience – from initial client contact, to customized product development, from thought-provoking, New Direction’s literature, to personalized, quality customer service. These characteristics produce the long-lasting partnerships we have with our clients.  We hope you take a moment and get acquainted with our team on this page.  They are what truly makes New Directions a unique success.

Deborah-Mackin-2013-NewDirectionsDeborah Mackin
President, Founder, Principle Trainer and Consultant
Author of four best-selling teaming books, including The Team-Building Tool Kit: Second Edition and soon to be released Memory Jogger Team Edition, Mackin is an international business consultant, leadership coach and workforce development trainer with over 30 years of experience.  Having worked alongside executives, leaders and managers in some of the world’s most prestigious companies including Coca-Cola, Alcoa, Keurig Green Mountain, Delta Faucet, the U.S. Navy and Sanofi Pasteur, Mackin is a veteran when it comes to what works in the business world today. Discover more about Deborah’s expertise (click here)


Matthew Harrington
Author, Trainer & Consultant
Co-author of Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons from a Beehive, Matthew Harrington is a partner at New Directions, an innovative leadership firm located in southern Vermont and New York.  Matthew is seen as a subject matter expert on social media, social learning, the Millennial generation, and new forms of leadership within the workplace.  Harrington is quickly becoming a leading strategist organization’s lean on when it comes to new ways to look at leadership. Discover more about Matthew’s expertise (click here)

Who We Are

An innovative training and employee development firm located in southern Vermont since 1984, we specialize in helping organizations get the most out of their people by raising the bar, inspiring potential and partnering with organizations to build a people-centered, high-engagement culture.

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