About Amy

amy herman

What do the FBI, NYPD, Department of Homeland Security, Navy SEALs, the Peace Corps, Georgetown University Hospital, MetLife, Johnson & Johnson, Planned Parenthood, Seventh Day Adventist Church, and New York City doormen have in common? Amy Herman.

For 14 years, Herman has been our nation's secret weapon--providing leadership training to top officers in the United States military, law enforcement, medicine, education, and industry. Her innovative, interactive pedagogy has been called "invaluable" by the Department of Defense, and credited with "stimulating the innovative thinking necessary to generate viable future war-fighting concepts" by The Chief of Naval Operations.

Amy E. Herman is the founder and president of The Art of Perception, Inc., a New York-based organization that conducts professional development courses to leaders around the world including at the FBI, CIA, Scotland Yard, and the Peace Corps. Herman was also the Director of Educational Development at Thirteen/WNET, the educational public television station serving New York and New Jersey, and the Head of Education at The Frick Collection for over ten years, where she oversaw all of the Collection's educational collaborations and community initiatives.  

An art historian and attorney, Herman holds a BA in International Affairs from Lafayette College, a JD from the National Law Center at George Washington University, and an MA in Art History from Hunter College. She is a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. Herman channeled her dual degrees in art and law to create the successful Art of Perception program, and now trains thousands of professionals from Secret Service agents to church fundraisers. Herman is a world-renowned speaker who frequently presents at national and international conventions. She has been featured on the CBS Evening News, the BBC, and in countless print publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, New York Daily News, Smithsonian Magazine, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

A partial list of Herman's clients 

Department of Homeland Security

  • Transportation Safety Administration, New York, NY

  • Customs and Border Protection (Newark Liberty International Airport and John F. Kennedy Airport)

  • The Naval Postgraduate School and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center for Homeland Defense and Security (Monterey, CA and Shepherdstown, WV)

Department of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group,
Newport, RI

Department of the Army, Asymmetrical Warfare Group, Fort Meade, MD

United States Army National Guard, Arlington, VA

Presidio of Monterey, Monterey, CA

United States Marshal Service, New York, NY

Federal Bureau of Investigation

New York, NY, New Haven, CT, Quantico, VA and Washington, DC

  • Critical Incident Response Group

  • Art Crime Team

  • White Collar Crime

  • Violent Crime

  • Behavioral Analysis Program

  • Counterterrorism Division

  • Continuing Education and Professional Development Unit

Metropolitan Police, Scotland Yard, London, England

United States Secret Service, Washington, D.C.

  • Counter Surveillance and Protective Agents

Peace Corps, Office of Safety and Security, Washington, DC

Women in Federal Law Enforcement, Arlington, VA

New York City Police Department, New York, NY

  • Hostage Negotiation Team

  • Captains Promotion Unit

  • Joint Terrorism Task Force

  • Crime Scene Forensic Investigation Unit

  • Detective Training Bureau

  • Counterterrorism Bureau

  • Grand Larceny Task Force

  • Evidence Collection Team

  • Intelligence Division

  • Domestic Violence Unit

Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, D.C.

Philadelphia Police Department, Philadelphia, PA

Monterey Police Department, Monterey, CA

Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, Columbus, OH

Virginia State Police, Drug Task Force, Richmond, VA

United States Postal Service Office of the Inspector General, Philadelphia, PA

Federal Reserve Bank of New York, New York, NY

The Transportation Security Administration, Arlington, VA

Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY

Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY

Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY

New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY

New York University School of Medicine, Masters Scholars Program, New York, NY

Tulane University, School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA

University of Dublin/Trinity College School of Medicine, Dublin, Ireland

Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC

Weill Cornell Medical School, New York, NY

Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC

North Shore/Long Island Jewish Medical Center, State University of New York Downstate, New Hyde Park, NY

Nevada State College/Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, Las Vegas, NV

University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, CO

University of Virginia School of Nursing, Charlottesville, VA


United States Attorney’s Office

  • Southern District of New York, Major Crimes Unit

  • District of Connecticut

New York County District Attorney's Office, New York, NY

New York Prosecutor’s Training Institute, New York, NY and Syracuse, NY

MetLife Law Department, New York, NY

HSBC Bank, USA, New York, NY

Johnson & Johnson, Somerville, NJ

Sanofi Pasteur SA, Lyon, France

McCarter and English, LLP, Newark, NJ

American Library Association, Chicago, IL

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Dole Institute of Politics, University of Kansas

Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN

Union College, Schenectady, NY

University of Pennsylvania, Field Center for Children’s Policy, Philadelphia, PA

New York City Department of Education, New York, NY

  • District 8 School based health professionals, Bronx

  • District Arts Supervisors

  • PS 41, Teacher Professional Development, Manhattan

Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York, NY

Federal Executive Institute, Office of Personnel and Management, Charlottesville, VA

PBS/WNET (New York Public Television), New York, NY

Planned Parenthood Federation of America, New York, NY

Child Death, Near Death, and Stillbirth Commission (CDNDSC), Wilmington, DE

Child Protection Accountability Commission (CPAC), Wilmington, DE

New Jersey Child Welfare Training Academy, Trenton, NJ

National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officers (NAHRO), Wallingford, CT

Visual Resources Association, Boston, MA

Seventh Day Adventist Church, Planned Giving & Fundraising, Silver Spring, MD

Association of Fundraising Professionals, Arlington, VA

Planned Giving Council of Houston, Houston, TX

Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable, Denver, CO

Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, Indianapolis, IN

Planned Giving Roundtable of SE Michigan, Dearborn, MI 

Appraisers Association of America, New York, NY

32BJ SEIU, the largest property services workers’ union in the U.S., New York,