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Career Coaching

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.

Become a member today to access our discounted career coaches and much more!

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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:

Los Angeles

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 (Email: or call 310-892-0210). Have Joan contact you!

Brad Waters is a career-life coach specializing in helping people clarify their career path and develop transition strategies. He coaches people from diverse industries, with a focus on helping entrepreneurs, creative, non-traditional career seekers, introverts, and Millennials. His strengths-based approach draws out people’s inherent uniqueness, creativity, and life experiences to energize their career discovery. He believes all people have a valuable story and skillset that can be leveraged in new ways. Brad earned his Master’s in social work from U-M while concurrently earning a graduate certificate in Holistic Health Care from Western Michigan University. He is also a freelance writer who contributes to a number of websites and writes the Design Your Path blog at Brad provides discounted coaching to alumni from his office in Chicago as well as by phone or Skype worldwide. You can learn more about his services through his website. To request a free 30-minute consultation, email or call 773-789-9330. Brad is available for coaching in the Chicago area as well. Have Brad contact you! 

San Francisco

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: 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 ( or call 415 845-2871). Have Tracy contact you!

New York

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!

Washington DC

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!

Southeast Michigan

Lisa Morgan offers 15+ years’ experience advising executives and mid-career professionals, most recently coaching Executive MBA's at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, as well as through Optimize U (Email:  Lisa is skilled at guiding clients to get clear on their leadership mission, vision, value proposition, and brand.  She is deeply committed to helping individuals overcome derailers to success and achieve their highest potential.  Lisa holds a BBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and an MSA from Central Michigan University.   Additionally, she is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and Career Development Facilitator (CDF). Have Lisa 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!

Leon Wyszewianski is a long-time faculty member and alumnus, who 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!

Shahnaz Broucek brings extensive experience across multiple industries to her work as an executive coach.  She works with clients in career exploration and career development, with a special interest and expertise in transitions to leadership roles.  Prior to becoming an executive and career coach as the owner of Optimize U, Shahnaz spent more than 20 years in progressive leadership roles, from public accounting to executive search, new business development and as a small business owner.   Shahnaz is certified as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) by the International Coach Federation and Certified Professional Coach (CPC) by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.  She is certified through Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Centered Coach Certification program, is a certified practitioner of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and is an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner. Shahnaz holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business and a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from Central Michigan University. Email Shahnaz at or have Shahnaz contact you!

Katiuska Luna-Cancalon Katiuska Luna-Cancalon is passionate about supporting advanced degree holders in all stages of their careers. With over 15 years of academic experience in research, teaching, mentoring and advising she feels a personal alignment with the University of Michigan’s desire to support graduates in their career transitions. As a neuroscientist she has personally made several transitions. She started out as a medical student in Venezuela, pursued a Master’s and Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Tuebingen in Germany. She continued her academic experience as a Post-Doctoral fellow at the ETH in Switzerland ultimately leading to her position at the University of Michigan. Leveraging years of academic experience, she acquired her Certified Professional Certification in Coaching (CPC) and a Professional Certified Coach designation from the International Coach Federation (ICF). She has built a successful coaching and consulting enterprise that helps academics globally by holding clients accountable through clarifying their career goals, identifying implementation strategies and developing realistic action plans in the creation of sustainable success. To learn more about Koncenter and their process please visit their website. Have Katiuska 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!

Brad Waters- see bio above under the "LA" section.


Miriam Salpeter is a social media strategist, job search coach and founder of Keppie Careers (, a consultancy serving job seekers and business owners. Top media outlets, including Forbes, CNN, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, recognize her as an expert resource for job seekers and entrepreneurs. An author of three books, Miriam helps people who know what they want to do next leverage social media to enhance their reputations so they land jobs, clients or customers. She also transforms resumes and provides a complete suite of job-search strategy services. After graduating with her B.A. from U-M (’93), she worked on Wall Street for three years. Miriam left her Vice President role to earn an M.A. from Columbia University (’97) with a focus in career advisement. Before launching her own business, she headed the career services program at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University for six years. Miriam works with clients all over the world via phone and Skype, is available in person in the Atlanta area and is happy to provide a discounted rate for alumni. Have Miriam contact you!

Campus Resources

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:

University of Michigan Career Center

Stamps School of Art and Design

Ross School of Business

College of Engineering

School of Information

Law School

College of Literature, Science and the Arts

School of Public Health

Ford School of Public Policy

School of Social Work

University of Michigan-Dearborn