Mary Kane, M.S.; President and Principal Consultant
Ms. Kane is the President and Principal Consultant at Concept Systems, Incorporated (CSI). Having built the company from a single person “shop” to a social research and evaluation services company, Ms. Kane has restructured The Concept System® and client processes to ensure that organizations benefit fully from CSI’s capabilities. Her experience includes strategic operational planning, product and program development, education and training design, and program needs assessment and evaluation. She also supports clients through organizational and leadership development consultations. In collaboration with clients and research colleagues, she has co-authored numerous articles on the applications of group concept mapping and pattern matching in organizational decision-making and strategic planning. Ms. Kane is also first author of the definitive volume on Concept Mapping: Concept Mapping for Planning and Evaluation (Sage Publications, 2007).
For over 20 years, Ms. Kane has planned and conducted research and evaluation initiatives for federal, state, and county agencies, health and mental health organizations, private corporations, non-profit agencies, and school districts. She has provided counsel to groups ranging from small boards of directors to organizations represented by thousands of stakeholders.
Ms. Kane co-founded and became the Principal Executive of CSI in 1993 after a successful career in the management and growth of community-based cultural and learning organizations. Under her leadership, the company has invested in the redevelopment of its software and process technology, and has expanded the scope of CSI methods and services to meet clients’ needs. Ms. Kane holds a Masters in Library and Information Sciences from Columbia University.