Conquering Corporate America
My days in Corporate America were fast and furious. Starting with PrimeCo, now owned by Verizon Wireless, I quickly fell in love with Telecom and was hooked. I went on to work with AT&T, Level 3 Communications and US West, now known as Qwest. I climbed the corporate ladder from Human Resources Assistant to Recruiter, HR Generalist, Career Events Manager and Training Director. By the time I left Corporate America I had led award-winning teams of 25+ direct reports with $13MM+ budgets across North America, Europe and Asia. It was a great ride!
Employee Turned Entrepreneur
“One of the Finest Career Coaches” – The Examiner, 2010
The start of something new came in 1998, when friends, family and friends of friends began asking for resume, interview and career advice. Within a year I’d began officially career coaching and 13 years later I’ve become an internationally featured, top rated career coach in the U.S., U.K. and Australia featured on ABC News.com, MSN, The New York Post, LA Weekly, Business Week, Career Builder, Monster.com, Yahoo! Hot Jobs, The Ladders, Sydney Morning Herald, CIO Update, Hispanic Executive Magazine and Brisbane Times.
My second business began in 1999, thanks to another friend’s request. My best friend’s dad, Dr. Walter, needed Human Resources forms, policies and an employee handbook for his office. Once I put it all together, his physician friends called for help with their offices. This began HR In-A-Box, a small business human resources software that provides comprehensive HR forms, policies and procedures for companies with under 75 employees. HR In-A-Box celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2009 and is my initial entree into the land of entrepreneurial life.
Books and Blogging
Reflecting on the economic climate in 2010, with 15MM+ job seekers, I felt a social responsibility to provide job search tools, resources and expert advice without charging expensive hourly fees. Engaging my business brain, career expertise and writing skills, I wrote and delivered “Career Sudoku: 9 Ways to Win the Job Search Game” to the market. Released with top book seller Amazon.com to 5-Star Reviews and featured on top media outlets ABC News.com, MSN and Career Builder, it’s was given rave “MUST READ” reviews by authors and readers alike.
Falling in love with writing came easily and the social media community took notice. Following a request by founder Dan Schwabel, I’m now the Monday morning featured contributing author on The New York Times-Rated Personal Branding Blog syndicated on Reuters, Forbes, Hoovers, Fox Business, BNET and Sun-Times and garnering more than 93,000 Twitter followers.
Undergraduate Happiness and Harvard
Settling in to undergrad life wasn’t easy for me. As a pre-med freshman at The University of Dayton with 21 credit hours, I was bored. I wanted to do more, be on the go and see more of the world. I left UD and finished school with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management at Metropolitan State College of Denver, while working full-time.
I’m also a Certified Project Manager through Regis University and a Certified DACUM Facilitator through Humber College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
An avid learner, I have completed 30+ management and leadership courses including Harvard Business School’s Management & Leadership Program.