The Alumni Association has partnered with independent career coaches in major metropolitan areas across the country to serve our members at a special discounted rate.
Whether you're unhappy with your current job, concerned about your next performance review, or just looking for something new, a career coach can help you in every phase of your career search or advancement.
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The Alumni Association of the University of Michigan is not liable for any business or services provided by preferred partner career coaches.
Preferred Partner Career Coaches:
Joan Pastor, a founding partner of JPA International Inc., has worked with all stages and types of career, leadership, executive and personal development for over 18 years with business executives and professionals from a wide range of industries around the world. Joan is a strong believer in each person's ability to develop their strongest talents and inner mental and emotional resilience to achieve their goals and realize their greatest dreams, and uses assessments, skill-development training and results-based coaching to make it happen. After graduating with her bachelor's degree from U-M (Class of '75, Go Blue!), Joan went on to obtain her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology as well as Clinical Psychology, and is licensed in both in the state of California. Joan is often known as the “Coach's Coach” by her peers, and is as skilled in helping individual entrepreneurs as she is with those in companies. Her in-person coaching is available in both the San Diego and the Los Angeles areas, as well as by phone or videoconferencing tools like Skype at a discounted rate for alumni. Have Joan contact you!
Elayne Chou has helped hundreds of individuals during the past 10 years assess their strengths and leadership potential using 360-degree feedback and individual personality and career development tools. Drawing on her expertise in diversity in the workplace, Elayne enjoys coaching professionals as they progress in their global careers. She holds a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, class of 1993 and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from The Ohio State University. She hopes this won't deter U-M alumni from seeking her exceptional career and executive coaching services! She is licensed in the state of California, providing in-person career coaching through her practice, Elayne Chou Career Counseling & Consulting Services (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-350-8300) in the San Francisco and Berkeley area, as well as by phone or GoToMeeting, at a discounted rate for alumni. Contact her today for a free 30 minute consultation. Have Elayne contact you!
Tracy Akresh Stone is a Ross School of Business class of 2003 graduate and founder of unpackingthebox, a career, business and leadership coaching practice. Tracy is expert at guiding management professionals to unpack their strengths and leadership skills to build better careers, find more success, achieve greater personal happiness and garner superior financial performance. Tracy has a B.S. from The Wharton School and an M.B.A from the University of Michigan, and utilizes the principles of positive organizational psychology in her coaching practice. Her in-person coaching services are available in the San Francisco area to alumni at a discounted rate. She is also available via Skype or phone for alumni around the globe (Email:email@example.com or call 415 845-2871). Have Tracy contact you!
Paul Bernard is an innovative executive coach and career management advisor with more than 20 years of experience working with clients ranging from new college graduates to C-level executives. He is the founder and principal of Paul Bernard & Associates, an executive coaching and career management firm. His industry focus includes financial services, media, health care, manufacturing, logistics, the law, technology, the arts, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Paul holds an M.A. from Duke University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, class of 1981. He is a proud U-M alumnus and is able to provide career coaching to fellow alumni at a discounted rate. His services are available to those in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut area in person, and to alumni across the country and internationally by phone or Skype. Have Paul contact you!
Harriet Katz (www.harrietkatz.com) has more than 25 years of career coaching experience and has helped clients through various career stages make career transitions, manage effective job searches from establishing career targets through developing resumes, cover letters, verbal pitches, and interview skills all the way through the negotiations. She has had the pleasure of witnessing over a thousand clients navigate challenging job markets, attain more meaningful work, and advance in their careers. She holds a M.S.W. from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a D.S.W., and is licensed by New York State as a LCSW. She is a proud graduate of U-M, class of 1963 and will provide discounted alumni career-coaching services to those in the New York area in person, or by phone or Skype. Have Harriet contact you!
Mimi Darmstadter has dedicated her entire career to the professional development of individuals at all levels of organizations. As a Professional Certified Coach she provides 360 degree assessment debriefing, workshop and program development and one-on-one coaching, with her foremost professional goal to support individuals in identifying, developing, and experiencing their professional “life's work.” As such she is founder of an executive and career coaching practice, My Life's Work. She proudly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from U-M, class of 1985, and possesses a M.S.W. from the University of Chicago. Career and executive coaching services are available to those in the DC Metro in person or via Skype or phone with discounts available to University of Michigan alumni. Have Mimi contact you!
Sally Schmall brings extensive history and exceptional skills to career coaching of University of Michigan alumni. She provides confidential career coaching and leadership development for alumni across the country and is owner and president of Academy Coaching, located in Ann Arbor. Prior to launching Academy Coaching in 2008, Sally served as the Director of Dual Career Faculty Recruitment for U-M, where she remains a faculty member. Sally has a M.S.W. from the University of Michigan, class of 1994, and is licensed with the state of Michigan. She is proud to provide University of Michigan alumni career coaching at a discounted rate. Have Sally contact you!
As a long-time faculty member and alumnus, Leon Wyszewianski proudly maintains strong ties with the University of Michigan. His career counseling and coaching practice, Leon W. Counseling, works with individuals choosing a career path as well as with mid-career professionals and executives contemplating changing careers or seeking to improve performance and satisfaction in their current job. He holds a M.A. in Community Counseling from Eastern Michigan University, as well as two graduate degrees from the University of Michigan—Ph.D. and M.H.A.—and is licensed as a Professional Counselor by the State of Michigan. His discounted alumni career coaching services are available to Southeast Michigan area alumni, either in person, or by phone or Skype. Have Leon contact you!
Cheryl McPhilimy works with professionals at all phases of career development and brings 12 years of coaching and 20 years of industry experience to her practice. She is founder and president of McPhilimy Associates, a communications and visibility consulting firm that specializes in achieving a heightened public profile for each client through the development and implementation of strategic communication. She coaches clients — from CEOs to industry experts and entrepreneurs to new grads — in shaping their message and delivering with confidence and clarity. She holds a B.A. degree, class of 1991, from the University of Michigan and teaches as an adjunct communications instructor at Loyola University, Chicago. Her discounted career coaching services are available to alumni in the Chicago region, in person or by phone or Skype. Have Cheryl contact you!
Alison (Shriberg) Freedman is a corporate trainer and career coach in communications, specializing in presentation and public speaking skills, specifically as these pertain to career advancement and development. As founder and president of Speak and Write Clearly, she works with individuals from diverse industries, such as consulting, technology, banking, and non-profit management as they steer through career demands, be it resume or online branding strategies, building a career advancement plan, or preparing for a career transition. Alison holds an M.B.A and Masters in Education from U-M and B.A. in English from Duke. Her discounted career coaching services are available to alumni in the Boston region, in person or by phone or Skype. Have Alison contact you!
Andrea Meier is the founder and principal of Flourish! Personal Coaching. She is a life coach who delights in helping her clients apply positive psychology strategies to sustain wellbeing while progressing toward their professional goals. She earned her B.A. in Psychology at Michigan (Class of 1970). She holds a M.A. degree in Counseling and Consulting psychology from Harvard, and a PhD in Social Work from the University of North Carolina. Since retiring from her professorship at the University of North Carolina, she has applied her expertise in positive psychology, wellness, stress resilience, and habit management to her work as a life coach. In practice since 2008, her coaching helps her clients navigate transitions at each stage of their work lives—entering the job market, pursuing advanced degrees, thriving in mid-career, weathering job changes, and planning for rewarding lives in retirement. Andrea lives in Boulder, CO but offers her discounted coaching services to U of M alumni nationally and internationally via phone and Skype. Have Andrea contact you!
The University of Michigan offers career coaching for U-M alumni through one-on-one counseling appointments. Depending on when you graduated and the school or college with which you are affiliated, you may be eligible for these services. If your school or college is not listed, unfortunately they do not offer career-coaching services, although this does not preclude their provision of numerous other useful career resources. Below is a list of campus career coaching options: