"Throughout 2015-2016, I had extensive contact with Alessa Ward in her role as Director of Custom Programme Delivery at LSE Custom Programmes. We developed three major programmes together, including a distance learning project for a major European university, a lecture series for students visiting LSE from more than ten 10 countries, and a two-week intensive start-up incubator programme for 35 nascent entrepreneurs. I have 30-plus years of experience developing and executing both academic and commercial training programmes and found Ms Ward to be among the smartest programme developers I've known. Her professional standards are very high. She also goes the extra mile, jumps on good ideas, and takes a dynamic approach to getting results. Add to this that she is an honest broker with excellent communication skills invites her receipt of my highest recommendation for developing, organising and delivering education programmes from small events to large conferences."
Dr Carol O'Connor, Director, Vision in Practice Ltd.
"I have worked with Alessa since 2012 on a variety of custom education programs. I was particularly impressed by Alessa's program directing and design skills. She is confidently able to create training programs, which seamlessly match client requirements with complex subject matters and faculty constraints - effortlessly. Alessa has always been able to work collaboratively, and has a strong desire to ensure outputs are of the highest quality and innovative. In her work she demonstrated great knowledge of the complexity of both academic and executive teaching, a constant ability in coordinating teachers and project managers, and an insightful aptitude to leadership. I may genuinely state that Alessa has been one of the principal pillars of the success of LSE Enterprise. Alessa would be a precious asset for any company."
Dr Marco Scalvini, LSE
"For the past six years, I have been involved with Alessa in the development of a number of successful study abroad programmes at LSE Custom Programmes. Without a doubt it has been Alessa who has been essential to the success of these programmes. Alessa’s work speaks for itself. The evaluations from the students as well as from the partner institutions has consistently been excellent. Developing, designing and implementing a study abroad programme is no easy task. She played a critical role in identifying obstacles and with great ease creating solutions. As the Programme Director, she had many roles and I admire her talent to manage programmes at many levels - from working with LSE faculty to dealing with daily students issues. It is without any hesitation I recommend Alessa; she would be an asset to any company."
Mr Brian Davey, Managing Director, The Sequoia Education Group,SL
"Alessa and I collaborated on several projects at LSE Enterprise over the years. Alessa's ability to juggle multiple projects was particularly impressive. But above all, I really appreciate how she was able to pull together various ideas (often competing) into a coherent quality design and then implement each stage successfully, making sure each milestone was met and all the stakeholders were happy. Alessa is talented, hard-working and a joy to collaborate with."
Dr Juergen Braunstein, LSE