Another Peak-Careers INTERVIEW on our Three Words to Guide Us in 2024
My guests today are Scott Woodard – Executive and Leadership Development Coach, Marcela Mesa – Psychologist and founder of Orientarte in Colombia, and Belinda Wilkerson – Founder and principal counselor at Steps To The Future, LLC
We discuss how they choose their three words and what they mean to them.
Dr. Belinda J. Wilkerson is the founder and principal counselor at Steps To The Future, LLC, a college and career counseling service serving students worldwide. A lifelong educator, she held teaching, school counseling and counselor educator positions in Rhode Island before relocating to North Carolina. Wilkerson is an adjunct professor at Providence College (RI) in the School counseling program. She is a former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center and presently serves as the Vice-President of the Cumberland County Friends of the Library. She is in the second year of her Presidential cycle for the North Carolina Career Development Association (NCCDA), serving from 2023 -2024 as President. Belinda served on the Board of Directors for the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) Board from 2016 – 2022 and was the VP for Ethics & Standards of Practice from 2019 – 2021. Currently, she is a member of the IECA’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Committee and a co-founder of the Black IECs Affinity Group.
Wilkerson earned an EdD in Educational Leadership from Johnson & Wales University, holds an M.Ed. in School Counseling and a BA in history/ secondary education from Rhode Island College. Besides IECA and NCCDA, she holds memberships in the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC), the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the National Career Development Association (NCDA), the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the Career Counselors Consortium (CCC).
Married with two adult sons, she enjoys her fur family, reading, and traveling. Connect with Dr. Wilkerson on LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/belindawilkerson/.
Scott Woodard is an executive and leadership development coach, helping leaders transform from strong to superb. He frames issues so people can take action and achieve their goals – for themselves, their organizations, their communities. He works with individuals and teams to see new patterns and create alternative ways to move forward. Together they identify small actions that lead to big changes.
Scott has conducted workshops and trainings for leaders and teams, to identify their strategic goals and develop measurable outcomes.
He has coached people from all walks of life: corporate executives and elected officials challenged to transform their organizations; Boomers trying to determine the “second acts” of their lives; and new graduates starting out in their first career.
Prior to his professional coaching career, Scott enjoyed a long career as a successful policy advisor to state and local elected leaders in Colorado, helping key decision-makers frame these issues in ways that they could move forward with actionable strategies. He was honored to receive a German Marshall Fund Fellowship in recognition of problem-solving leadership for public sector leaders. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a BA in history.
He lives the ex-pat life in Ajijic, Mexico with his wife, a psychotherapist — so he is truly in touch with his feelings.
Scott can be reached by email at [email protected]. He can also be contacted via LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottwoodardcareercoach/.
Marcela Mesa, is a Psychologist, GCDF and FCD Instructor in Cali, Colombia, with 24+ years of experience delivering career services in private practice, passionate about helping people make good career decisions from a broad diversity of social contexts. Trained as a Psychologist in the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen in Germany, Specialist in Gestalt Therapy and Human Talent Management, founder and CEO of Orientarte in Colombia (www.orientarte.com) and now Orientarte LLC (www.liveyourdreamcareer.com ) in the US, aiming to deliver career services for Latinos living in the US. She is also co-chair of the NCDA Global Connections Committee. She can be reached at linkedin.com/in/orientartemarcelamesa and [email protected]
Jim Peacock is the Principal at Peak-Careers Consulting and writes a weekly email for career practitioners. Peak-Careers offers discussion-based online seminars for career practitioners focused on meeting continuing education needs for CCSP, GCDF and BCC certified professionals as well as workshops for career practitioners and individual career coaching.
He is the author of A Field Guide for Career Practitioners: Helping Your Clients Create Their Next Move and the recipient of the 2020 Kenneth C. Hoyt Award from National Career Development Association.
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