Chicago, IL, USA


October 26, 2019

*details of student stories changed to protect student anonymity.

It was a familiar scene. The student came in, heavily focused on his resume. He was nervous. I could see through the carefully crafted answers and the caution in his voice. He was trying to demonstrate th...

July 14, 2019 via

Toxic workplaces.

Even typing the words feels a bit taboo, let alone discussing it in depth. Why? 

After working with a variety of clients, both individuals and groups, I have a number of theories and there is one word they all have in comm...

October 15, 2018

While the verdict may still be out on the validity of generational research in the workplace, employers by and large agree that retaining the newest segment of their workforce is proving to be a challenge! 

Here are 5 things you can STOP doing right now to better r...

September 12, 2018

I drive my children to school every day. Taking children to school is a very interesting experiment to observe human behavior. It would seem that parents will stop at nothing to ensure they gain the extra 30 seconds they need to obtain perfect attendance.  Perhaps you...

January 17, 2018

Here is my feedback about your feedback.

We’ve all been there: an employee makes a mistake, and we have the compulsion to correct. Or perhaps we are the recipient of the correction. We might be doing our normal work routine, only to learn that a superior finds our effor...

November 30, 2017

We’ve all heard the common phrase,


It’s most common among seniors launching off from college who are on the job search. And we all understand the good sentiment behind it. Really what folks are trying to say is, “Hey, I’m no...

November 28, 2017

Interns are a mystery zone for many organizations. How do you utilize them? Are they worth the effort? Will they expect to have ice cream and pony rides at lunch every day? (Go ahead and admit it, that was definitely a question at the top of your list.)

Recently, I was...

October 30, 2017

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I teach a class at North Park University about career development for seniors. It amazes me that every time I teach the course, students come in expecting to focus on concrete...

October 7, 2014

(This post was originally posted here. ) 

Feminism.  As a career development and higher education professional, the word comes up often as students explore their life directions.Though it was over a decade ago, I still remember when I first shared the word with my famil...

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