One of the first things I did when I went full-time into Peak-Careers Consulting is I created an Advisory Board. I sought people who could give me feedback on my blogs, monthly newsletters, and general feedback. I appreciate all the time these people have given me over the years.
Karen James Chopra, LPC, CCC, NCC, is the founder of Chopra Consulting for Consultants (www.KarenChopraConsulting.com), which helps therapists, counselors, coaches and other consultants create thriving businesses. She also has a well-established career counseling private practice in Washington, D.C. (www.ChopraCareers.com), and has helped hundreds of clients with career exploration, job search, and career management. A former U.S. Government trade negotiator, she is the author of Coaching Career Clients on Salary and Other Workplace Negotiations and numerous other articles on the business and practice of career counseling. MCDA has honored her with both their Outstanding Career Practitioner and Lifetime Achievement awards. She received her M.A. in Community Counseling from the George Washington University, and her B.A. from the University of Virginia. She also has a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Jim’s comment: After six years of being full-time with Peak-Careers, I knew I needed an Advisor who could bring an experienced view of owning a career consulting business. I am so grateful that Karen agreed to be that person. Karen is well respected and seen as an expert in our industry.
Rees Hughes spent his career in higher education working at the University of Kansas, Seattle University, and Humboldt State University (California) in a variety of staff and administrative roles including responsibility for career services. He has an M.S. in Guidance and Counseling and a Ph.D. in Higher Education and has written about the linkage between the educational system and the labor market in East Africa and South Asia. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Sri Lanka and Russia. Now he is re-imagining life in what he calls ‘The Third Age’.
Jim’s comment: I wanted Rees on my Board because I have known him since 1981 and he has been a kindred spirit, backpacking buddy, and a mentor in my work in higher education. I value his insight as he has been so important in my work life and personal life.
Bret Anderson, Ph.D. is the President and principle instructor of h2 Communication, LLC, which is a veteran-owned small business that provides career development and leadership training and education services for a variety of industries. Dr. Anderson is a certified Offender Workforce Development Specialist and Offender Employment Retention Specialist. He has worked with incarcerated veterans since 2004 and has published employment fit algorithm science for returning veterans who are experiencing serious psychological distress. Dr. Anderson is also an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) and works with individuals and families who are experiencing financial hardships and/or bankruptcy. For the past 20 plus years Dr. Anderson has provided personal financial and career development education to U.S. Department of Defense personnel working within Military and Family Readiness Centers around the world.
Jim’s comment: I met Bret while serving on the NCDA Training & Education Council (TEC) and was impressed with him from day one. His expertise in working with the justice system is so strong, I asked him to become an online instructor for Peak-Careers. Check out his Career Readiness for Justice Involved Citizens seminar. I was looking for someone who could bring expertise in understanding government and military to the Advisory Board and Bret is ideal.
Mary became a career counselor by accident when she did an internship in Career Services at Georgia State University. She fell in love with her role and decided after graduation with a counseling master’s degree, to pursue higher education. Mary is a Career Counselor at Boise State University where she works with students and alumni on major/career exploration, internships, and job search. She also spends time engaging in LinkedIn discussions and Twitter Chats. Prior to her career in Higher Education, Mary spent over seven years as a behavioral specialist in the Autism community.
Jim’s comment: I met Mary in a number of tweet chats and on LinkedIn. In 2015 she was vacationing in Maine so we had lunch. It was great to meet her F2F. I realized that I really needed a younger perspective on my Board. Someone who could represent the millennial thinking and who is tapped into social media like she is.
Rich is a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) who has worked in higher education since 2004. Rich has served in various capacities in colleges and universities, such as director of career services, director of business graduate programs, internship coordinator, and career adviser. He is also a freelance writer who has written on his own blog and for YouTern.com. Rich has presented at state, regional and national career services and internship conferences. He discovered Twitter in 2009, and after muddling around for a year, Rich realized ways to use it more effectively. For more information about Rich visit his LinkedIn profile and follow on Twitter.
Jim’s comment: Rich is a highly skilled writer who has really made me a better writer. He is great about editing my blogs and newsletters and I enjoy his wonderful witty humor. He has been instrumental in getting me to embrace Twitter as well.
Jordan Bell has worked in career services for 8 years at institutions of higher education, currently working at Columbus College of Art & Design where he facilitates and designs the college’s approach to career education and student professional development. He has also worked at Bowdoin College, Carnegie Mellon University and Colby College in various roles including advising, employer relations, program management and event management. He received his M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and has an undergraduate degree in Media Arts & Studies from Ohio University. He enjoys utilizing a creative approach to career development by infusing media and design thinking into career education. You can also hear him on his podcast, “First, You Hustle” for creative job seekers.