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Leia Francisico, MA, ACC, CJF

Leia is a certified coach specializing in life and work transitions, networking, career planning, and facilitating the professional advancement of women. Leia is a writer and certified journal facilitator who conducts writing groups for growth and healing. Leia’s passion is helping people make the most of their career and life transitions. Her extensive experience as a leader and coach for women in the workplace has received national recognition. Trained in expressive writing facilitation, Leia has recently developed some exciting coaching tools and a popular program, Writing through Transitions.

Ann Headley, MA, NCC

Anne Headley, MA, a Nationally Certified Counselor based in College Park, Maryland, specializes in career counseling with adults in transition in one-on-one sessions and by telephone and the Internet. Anne’s clients include creative and artistic people of all ages and levels of experience, federal employees, teachers, entrepreneurs, computer specialists, and new college graduates. She also blogs on topics of interest to her clients and readers.

Barbara Waxman, MS/MPA

Barbara Waxman, a certified executive and personal coach with a masters degree in gerontology, works with adults looking for what’s next in their work and their lives. Coaching with Barbara, which may take place in person or on the phone, begins with an initial assessment of your individual situation and from there develops into a mutually agreed upon contract based on the successful completion of defined objectives.

Helen Harkness, Ph.D.

Dr. Helen Harkness founded Career Design Associates of Dallas/Ft. Worth Texas to teach adults how to work and thrive in our current age of constant change and complexity. Dr. Harkness is a career counselor/coach, a futurist, an experienced teacher, author, and speaker. A pioneer in the research and implementation of career management and enhancement programs and resources, she assists individuals and organizations facing massive change in cultural and work-life transitions

Sheila Maher, MA

Sheila is an executive coach to corporate and nonprofit executives and professionals. Backed by over 20 years of experience as an executive and 10 years of coaching experience, she assists senior level executives increase and achieve their goals, improve time management, increase balance, and reduce stress. Her coaching experience and skills are acknowledged to have helped many executives substantially elevate their effectiveness.

Susan Musich, M.Ed.

Passport Career™ is the first-ever, comprehensive, online global job search support system for international professionals moving to or living in unique and challenging destinations around the world. Susan Musich, a professional career counselor, is the managing director of Passport Career. She is also a Global HR & Mobility Consultant who, for 20 years, has worked with international organizations on strategic approaches to global mobility programs and policy. Passport Career has a team of more than 100 professionals around the globe collecting and analyzing data to ensure this job search support system is up-to-date, relevant, and packed with useful, hard-to-find information.

Karen James Chopra, LPC, MCC, NCC

Karen has been a career counselor in the Washington, D.C., area since 1999 and has helped hundreds of clients change careers, find new jobs and deal more effectively with workplace challenges. She is currently the Career Coach for the Washington Post’s online forum “On Success” and takes questions at Karen believes that our careers can't be separated from the whole of our lives, and has developed the Integrated Career Counseling (ICC) model as a way to incorporate all aspects of clients’ lives in the career counseling process. Karen is often too full to take new clients, but it never hurts to try! If she is full, there are other counselors and coaches listed here.

Sue E. Pressman, Ph.D., NCC

Dr. Pressman, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC), is a leading career management expert. With a strong counseling, training, research background, and collaboration skills, Sue selects training interventions, research methodologies and assessments that match client requirements, and analyzes organization and individual assessments. Sue has earned an outstanding reputation for her training and communication skills and for leadership coaching with government senior executives, military and foreign service officers, managers, labor union personnel, and people with disabilities.

William Lindberg (The Ash Grove Group)

The mission of the Ash Grove Group is to help individuals and organizations recognize and use their personal and professional assets to achieve their highest potential. We help our clients identify core values, map out action plans that are in alignment with those values, and challenge and encourage clients so that they enjoy more success, satisfaction, fulfillment, and balance in their lives.

The Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara

World Leaders in Renewal, Coaching and Leadership Training
The Hudson Institute (HI), founded in 1986, is a training ground where leaders and professionals can learn how to sustain resilience, future vision, and renewal within themselves and the environments in which they live and work. Through seminars, consultations, coaching training programs, and a product line, the institute has worked with thousands of leaders and hundreds of organizations. Check out the HI site for a HI certified coach near you.

The National Board for Certified Counselors

The National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC) is an independent not-for-profit credentialing body for counselors, was incorporated in 1982 to establish and monitor a national certification system, to identify those counselors who have voluntarily sought and obtained certification, and to maintain a register of those counselors.

NBCC’s certification program recognizes counselors who have met predetermined standards in their training, experience, and performance on the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE), the most portable credentialing examination in counseling. NBCC has approximately 42,000 certified counselors. To find an NBCC certified counselor specializing in an area of interest to you, go to:

The Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) is a nationally recognized source of career information designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. The OOH gives you job search tips, links to information about the job marked in each state, and specific information about specific occupations, including the employment outlook over the next five years. The handbook is revised every two years.




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