Certified Professional Organizer®
Porter is a dynamic and popular presenter, life-changing consultant, and author of two books: Organized to Last: 5 Simple Steps to Staying Organized and Get Paid to Win Clients: Public Speaking as a Marketing Tool. A nationally-recognized industry leader, she was one of the first in the nation to achieve the credential of Certified Professional Organizer®, and developed the industry’s flagship education courses, “Introduction to Professional Organizing” and “Starting an Organizing Business.”
An active member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), she has been one of NAPO’s most popular conference presenters, and has twice been nominated for the prestigious “Founders Award.”
Porter holds a degree in Political Science from Middlebury College. She worked for several years in the environmental field, establishing county-wide recycling programs and teaching waste reduction, composting, and alternatives to household hazardous products. In 1996, after years of creating order out of chaos for friends and family, Porter started her own company to put her productivity skills to work, and has since helped thousands of business professionals across the country.
Porter is an avid equestrian, foxhunter, and hiker. As a Board member of the Bristol Recreation Club, she is spearheading the effort to create the Bristol Trails Network, a consortium of trails in and around the community. Porter also volunteers for the Vermont Refugee Assistance Program and is a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem in Addison Family Court. A graduate of Middlebury College (Middlebury, Vermont), Porter lives in Bristol, Vermont with her husband and their two sons.
Mission to Empower
Since 1996, Porter has been on a mission to empower individuals and make them more effective in the workplace.
Productivity doesn’t just happen. It begins with a conscious commitment. It requires skill and decision-making to thrive, and may need ongoing support to sustain. We set out to create a system that fosters these characteristics in the workplace.
Our powerful strategies have helped thousands of executives, employees, and entrepreneurs acquire a greater sense of purpose, hone their decision-making skills, and achieve greater life balance while boosting their performance at work.
We’ve inspired hundreds of work teams—from small companies to large multi-layered departments—and helped them dig out from under their backlog, establish effective systems, and develop sustainable habits that maximize productivity.
Our work is guided by the core values of Respect, Integrity, Service, and Enthusiasm:
|Respect||Approach every client in a non-judgmental way, with sincerity, and with empathy for his/her unique needs and challenges.|
|Integrity||Build a trusting partnership, based on mutual respect, with everyone with whom we work.|
|Service||Exceed expectations by providing sustainable techniques and targeted support to achieve our client’s desired results.|
|Enthusiasm||Meet each client with confidence, energy, and humor.|
Owner Porter Knight understands the value of a strong community. She is an active, committed donor and volunteer to local organizations.
Since 1996, Productivity Vermont has periodically donated pro-bono and discounted services to over 2 dozen United Way and other local non-profit agencies, including (partial list):
- Addison County Humane Society (Homeward Bound)
- Champlain Valley Agency on Aging
- Community Health Center of Burlington
- Counseling Service of Addison County
- Food Shelf in Bristol, Vermont
- Girl Scouts of Vermont
- Hospice Services of Addison County
- Lincoln Library
- Lund Center
- Middlebury Teen Center
- Ronald McDonald House
- Salvation Army
- United Way of Addison County