Troy C. Farmer,
Director for Delaware State University’s
maker space, The Garage
Troy Farmer, MSW, CCM, CPC, CLC, CGC, is the Director for Delaware State University’s maker space, The Garage. She manages the ecosystem designed to support and drive innovation, product development and commercialization. Troy is an Alumni of Delaware State University with over 28 years of combined professional experience in Entrepreneurial Business Development Consulting and Coaching, Mental Health, Learning and Development, Organizational Development and Executive Coaching. Previously, Troy was the Director of the Entrepreneurial and Career-Readiness Programs for the YWCA Delaware, LLC. She was responsible for growing the career-readiness and entrepreneurial programs, working with minority groups, underrepresented populations and those with barriers to economic development. Troy has also partnered with the Small Business Administration (SBA) as a co-facilitator of their 12-month Think Tank (Think Main) for Growth Start Businesses. Troy has designed and delivered numerous curriculums for programs, such as, Zip Code Wilmington’s nine-month Techpreneur Business Incubator for Software Developers. She has managed and judged pitch programs for new and current ventures. Troy recognizes that there is support needed in cultivating business ownership through the visionaries of our community and acquiring effective tools to help create the reality of owning and operating a viable, profitable business. Providing those essential tools are a part of the scope of learning, knowledge acquisition and experience that she brings to organizational programs.
Troy is also the founder and CEO of EVA Enterprises, known as Empowerment That Values All, LLC, helping minority and women-owned businesses to shift the parallel by maximizing opportunities through variables of excellence (M.O.V.E™). Troy’s wheelhouse is assisting businesses in developing and navigating through systems for effectiveness, efficiency, growth and sustainability in their business. Troy also partners with higher education institutions, corporations, government, small businesses, public safety and non-profits; helping each partner to participate in creating a “Healthy Business Culture”, while working to exercise potential and increase performance through business development best practices.
Troy also helps her clients maneuver through diverse cultural shifts and challenges by utilizing Organizational and Leadership Development practices, “Soft Skill” Trainings and Change Management Strategies. Troy teaches organizations, teams and individuals the essential practice of equity building through diversity and inclusion initiatives. She is a requested engaging and high energy speaker/trainer, delivering in numerous forums by touching thousands of individuals. Troy also provides Business Development and Executive Coaching, helping individuals to identify blind spots and create a roadmap for their success.
Troy graduated from Widener University with a Master’s in Clinical Social Work, which lead her to travel to Italy to study their social system. She earned a duel Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Marketing from Delaware State University. She holds the following certifications: Professional Coach (CPC), Master Coach (MCC), Laser Coach (CLAC) and Group Coach (CGC) as governed by the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
Troy was the recipient of the Her Story Our Story Awarded by the Women’s Business Center/First State Loan Fund (True Access Capital) for her dedication to women in business. Currently, she sits on the planning committee of the popular Mill Summit Conference geared towards the empowerment of millennials seeking to grow in leadership through a culturally diverse lens. Troy mentors young leaders through the UD Lerner Leadership Program. She has sat on the Advisory Board of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Delaware Chapter, and has been a Board Member of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resource (NAAAHR). She has also served as a mentor through United Way and as a member with the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce (NCCCC). Her ongoing commitment of support and nurturing the process of personal and professional development leads her to continue to mentor many in the community.
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