Testimonials and Recommendations
for Dr. Larry L Cornett
A few of the testimonials and recommendations from the past 24 years of my career
Senior Director, Design and Research at Varsity Tutors
“Many of us find themselves at a point in their lives where they ask, 'Is this all there is? Why can’t I move forward?', I was fortunate enough to know Larry Cornett.
Larry and I met while speaking at the same conference back in 2013. We hit it off almost immediately. He was a seasoned executive from the Valley, who like me, came from design, and I was interested in following a similar path in my career.
Over drinks one evening, Larry gave me some great advice, and we had a great conversation about work/ life balance, as well as finding and maintaining a sense of vocation in your work. At the end of the evening, Larry gave me his card and said, “if you ever feel stuck, give me a call”.
Years later, that day came. Despite the success in my career, I wasn’t doing the kind of work that makes me happy, and more importantly, I wasn’t growing. I called Larry. In our first meeting, he got right to the heart of the matter.
“I’ve known you for years, I know what you’re passionate about, what drives you, why the hell are you doing what you’re doing now?”
It was exactly the right question for him to ask. What followed was the most extraordinary mentorship of my career. Larry became the kind of professional coach and mentor that seemed like the game-changing teacher, or college professor who pushed you to exceed your own expectations, and could identify exactly where you're getting in your own way.
Larry helped me to learn how to navigate the complexities of transitioning to senior and executive-level leadership (and yes there are secrets). He coached me on finding the right opportunities, and making the most of the tools you have available to you, but you aren’t using correctly. What followed was one of the fastest, and most counter-intuitive successful job searches of my life.
After working with Larry, I’m in a job where I’m being mentored and challenged every day, and I have more freedom and flexibility in my life. I love what I do. I can see where my contribution matters, and I feel like I’m making a difference in my work.
Engaging Larry Cornett was an incredible gift to myself."
Director of Design at Groupon Merchant
“I can't say enough good things about working with Larry, both as a colleague and in a mentoring relationship. Larry has been the person that I've routinely turned to throughout the past decade, for frank, forthright, and illuminating conversations about where to take my career. He's been an insightful resource that's been through it all before me, with no other agenda than to help me get to the best place I can for myself. His compassion and candor help him point out when I'm being less-than-honest with myself - and in a way that makes it palatable to hear. Having Larry available as a trusted resource - and as a friend - has been a crucial part of my continued professional development."
Head of Design at Scribd
“I have known Larry for close to 10 years now starting as a UI Designer on his team at Yahoo! Search. From those early days of my career I have been fortunate to have him as my manager and one who gave being "boss" a fresh perspective! Of the many 1:1s I had with him listening to our woes, expectations, aspirations, he was able to provide feedback that was real, honest and eventually I learnt over time actionable! In all these years he has consistently been bold, yet polite, accessible for advice or even just a conversation on topics of mutual interest. In the competitiveness of the Silicon Valley world, Larry has continued to be his own person while being there for others as a leader, a mentor, a guide. And now after all these years I couldn't be happier to see Larry take on the next adventure as a career and business coach, bringing together the best of all he has to offer and more. I often find myself quoting anecdotes from my 1:1s with him to my design team members for the timeless, valuable sharing they have been."
Director of User Experience at Shutterstock
“Larry is a source of calm when you need it the most. I’ve been lucky to have been managed by Larry at eBay and Yahoo, and he has given me unfiltered career advice, trends to look out for and even easy yet effective professional tips that has helped shape my professional life. I trust his guidance because he understands people's motivations and strengths and will go out of his way to help them achieve success."
Co-founder of Fluxible Conference
"We invited Larry to speak at Fluxible 2013. Drawing on his deep experience as both designer and mentor, Larry helped everyone think through these issues and feel re-energized about their careers. He connected with the audience throughout the 2-day event, carrying the conversation forward and providing friendly encouragement -- so it's no surprise his talk was one of the highlights of the program.”
Vice President of Product Management, MasterCard
"Larry is a consummate product guy - he knows the pulse of what users really want and he can envision the product to deliver that to users before anybody else. His design & consumer product sense is simply the best. To top it all he is one of those leaders who can bring the best out of you - certainly true for me and my team. Larry is a fantastic communicator btw - and coupled with his super design background, his presentations are Jobs-esque! I'd definitely work for/with him anytime.”
Founder of Katrina Young Consulting
"Larry's advice, guidance and support has been instrumental to my transition from my Corporate career to my Digital transition. I am extremely grateful for Larry's support and knowledge. Not only does Larry have extensive industry knowledge and experience, he was able to translate this for me and my audience. Larry provides workshops for my company and created trainings. Larry is my go-to Global partner!”
"Larry is a highly effective executive bringing together great leadership skills along with the ability to attract, retain and develop talent. Larry also has top tier product development and design skills.”
Product Director, Google
"Larry is the kind of leader that brings out the best and the brightest in the people that work for him. His openness and attentiveness ensures his entire team feels comfortable, respected, and confident enough to achieve at their maximum potential.”
Principal UX Mobile Designer, Medallia
"Larry is an exceptional leader in both user experience and product management. I had the honor and pleasure to work for him in 2 companies. He brought out the best in people who work for him and nuture our strength to full potential. He has such a talented mix of both vision in product and creativity in design. Everyone in our team respects Larry and grateful for his influence that brought to our team. Finally, Larry is one of the nicest and people friendly manager I have ever worked with.”
Sr. Director, User Experience, Alibaba.com
"I first worked with Larry at eBay. I then had opportunity to collaborate with him and his company Brilliant Forge. Larry is a leader full of charisma. Larry is an expert of user experience design and innovation. He is also a great speaker. With his experience with Apple, eBay, and Yahoo, his approach of innovation is a balanced view of business, user, and technology. Highly recommended!”
Advisor, Investor, Board Member
"Larry is an exceptional talent who does a great job of merging the worlds of product and design. He led a successful comprehensive redesign at eHealth. Larry is not only one of the most talented people I have had the pleasure to work with, but he is also a great guy. Larry will improve any team he is a part of.”
"Larry's product vision and passion drove our team to innovate faster than ever before. His open and amicable personality made it a pleasure to be part of his team, even during trying times. He is a strong leader with the knowledge and ability to inspire people and get things done. I am eager to work with him again.”
Senior Principal Designer, LinkedIn
"Under Larry's skillful, wise and unswerving leadership at Yahoo! Search, his team grew into one of the most innovative and influential design and product organizations in the world. He possesses an extraordinary ability to inspire and ignite creative fire and engender the climate in which it can breath and flourish. His insights into technology driven markets and product vision give him the perspective to transform organizations and realize new paradigms in user experience that bring unprecedented value to end users. Those fortunate to have the experience know that his authenticity, empathy and personal integrity make it both a pleasure and an honor and to work with him. I very much look forward to doing so again.”
CEO and Career Coach, Brilliant Seeds LLC
"Larry is the type of leader people follow not because they *have to* but because they *want to* and they feel inspired to do so. This says a lot about his great abilities as a leader and enabler. He has this great and rare talent (for a manager and executive of his level) of inspiring people around him to give their best.”
Vice President, Technology, Media & Telecom, Gerson Lehrman Group
"I have had the pleasure to work with Larry on multiple projects as a trusted advisor and valuable business partner. With over 18 years of experience in the Silicon Valley tech industry, he has a hands-on understanding of how to create innovative consumer products, how to organize Product and Design teams, and how to get things done. His specific experiences and insights in consumer technology, search, and e-commerce make him a valuable expert that our clients can turn to for practical advice.”
Experienced Global Web Product Manager
"Larry understands the importance of great user experience and value for the consumer. He recognizes talent and builds team rapport, encouraging individuals to pitch in together to make it happen! He has a great personality and is very candid in expressing his views to make products better. I would welcome the opportunity to work with or for Larry again.”
Director of Design, LifeLock
"Larry's leadership and management style nurtures each team member's strengths, always keeping in mind future growth. He creates a respectable, trusting and lively work environment. He is very encouraging and supportive of his team members and helps them perform at their absolute best.”
VP of Product, Comcast
"Larry is a terrific director. He builds support for his team's initiatives by building relationships across the company. Finally his devotion runs deep so you know his eyes are set on the long-run.”
Vice President, Product Management at eHealth
"Larry and I partnered to lead the redesign of eHealth's core shopping experience. He was a pleasure to work with. The numbers all went up and to the right. Larry, more than any designer I've ever worked with, is able to connect the dots between the business needs and the user's needs. He's creative, resourceful, and effective. He raises the game of everyone around him.”
Co-Founder and President, Technology at Market Brew
"As a former Yahoo! Search Executive, Larry Cornett brings priceless first-hand knowledge to any startup.”
Chief Product Officer, eHealth Insurance
"I have worked with Larry for over a decade at previous companies like eBay and Yahoo, and he continues to impress me with his expertise in design thought leadership, his personable and collaborative style, and reliability and integrity. I highly recommend Larry and look forward to working with him well into the future.”
"Since July 2010 Larry has been an invaluable consultant and advisor to our firm. His knowledge, experience and contacts have helped us move our company forward in ways that would have been impossible without his involvement. We continue to benefit from his guidance and I would not hesitate to recommend him.”
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