Mary Louise Starkey, the “First Lady of Service” and the founder and visionary of the Starkey International Institute for Household Management, coined the term “Household Manager” in 1981, and with it, she launched a movement.
She then set about to create a Private Service profession by opening the world’s first modern-day educational Institute for Household and Estate Managers, Butlers, Personal Assistants, and Private Chefs. Mrs. Starkey began writing about the profession, and eventually developed Starkey’s patented “Starkey Service Management System,” the world’s first advanced management tool for Private Service. She has continued to set the standard for Private Service in education and in Private Service placement for nearly 41 years.
Today, she has 18 patents, copyrights, trademarks and publications. The United States military deemed Mrs. Starkey the “First Lady of Service” due to her years supporting and educating Enlisted Aides, the soldiers who serve the White House, Admirals and Generals. Her clientele includes Old Guard families, legacy families, CEOs, tech entrepreneurs, entertainment personalities and diplomatic leaders across the country and abroad.
Mrs. Mary Starkey is passionately devoted to changing the outdated paradigm of “servitude” into “Service as an Expertise,” and building a profession that is world-recognized. In 2007, Starkey was featured in journalist Robert Frank’s best-seller Richistan, and once again in his 2011 book The High Beta Rich. In recent years, she has been regularly featured in many media outlets, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, BBC, Town and Country, Forbes, Vanity Fair, Costco and the London Times.
Mrs. Starkey serves the high-net-worth and their family offices throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, China, Anguilla and India through private training, education for employers, public media for openings, staffing of certified Graduates and other education. A dynamic and passionate public speaker and natural storyteller, Mrs. Starkey continues her vision for the art form of Service by appearing at international conventions, both here and abroad, at seminars, corporate events and hospitality forums around the globe.
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