About Us: Our Team: Advisors

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Mary Beth Barrett-Newman

Mary Beth Barrett-Newman, the founder and President of 2nd Career Consulting is an experienced executive, coach and mentor having spent the first 30 years of her first career…more

Experience: 2nd Career Consulting: President; Mullin TBGH: EVP & Chief Sales Officer; Mullin Consulting: SVP, Executive Benefit Consulting, Corporate INsurance & Client Management; First Chicago: Trust Officer

Specialties: Resume, Cover Letter, Search Strategies, Target Companies, Interview Preparation, Mock Interviews, Confidence Boost, Networking, Linkedin, Career Change, Recent Grads, Re-entry

Jack Bigelow

Jack Bigelow

Jack Bigelow doesn’t think the goal of networking is to get a job. Instead, the goal is to reach out to as many people as possible and develop relationships because everyone has a contact…more

Experience: Pacific Institute for Research & Education: Facilitator; Communications Consultant Arthur Andersen LLP: Principal, Communications Consultant, Global H.R.

Specialties: Value Proposition, Plan of Action, Resume, Cover Letter, Networking, Career Change, Recent Grads, Military, Human Resources

Marla Gottschalk

Marla Gottschalk is an experienced executive, most recently in her position as Chief Executive Officer of The Pampered Chef, the premier direct seller of high quality kitchen and entertaining products. …more

Experience: The Pampered Chef: Chief Executive Officer; Kraft Foods: Executive Vice President and General Manager of Post Cereals, Senior Vice President of Financial Planning and Investor Relations, Vice President Marketing and Strategy – Kraft Cheese Division and Vice President Finance Kraft North America; KPMG: Auditor

Specialties: Assessment, Value Proposition, Plan of Action, Resume, Cover letter, Executive Recruiters, Search Strategies, Target Companies, References, Interview Preparation, Mock Interviews, Confidence Boost, Networking, Compensation, Career Change, Recent Grads, Re-entry, Senior Executives

Charles Gurian

Charles Gurian spent the last 25 years in the professional services arena, serving in senior management and HR roles, primarily for law firms. …more

Experience: Brinks Gilson & Lione: Chief HR Officer; Tribler Orpett & Meyer: Executive Director

Specialties: Resume, Cover Letter, Interview Preparation, Networking, HR

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Norma Hoaglund

Norma Hoaglund thrives in a leadership role. And that passion to lead was a guiding light to those she supervised in a dramatic transformation of changing a hospital’s culture. As president…more

Experience: NorthShore University HealthSystem, Glenbrook Hospital: President

Specialties: Interviewing, Science, Training & Development, Healthcare, Assessment, Networking, Recent Grads

Melissa Jensen

Melissa Jensen knows the key ingredient of an effective resume is being able to express exactly what you want to do…more

Experience: Grainger: Director, Employee Development, Program Development Manager

Specialties: Assessment, Value Proposition, Plan of Action, Resume, Cover Letter, Search Strategies, Target Companies, References, Interview Preparation, Mock Interviews, Confidence Boost, Networking, Career Change, Recent Grads, Re-entry, Product Management, Rehab/Construction

Hugh Mazza

Hugh Mazza characterizes CRC’s impact on job seekers as exceptional. CRC’s focus importantly extends beyond just a supporting environment or a place to…more

Experience: Kraft Foods Inc.: Vice President HR and Administration; BASF Corporation: Director of Human Resources; SFM Corporation: Director Corporate Administration and Human Resources; Department of Labor: Economist

Specialties: Assessment, Value Proposition, Plan of Action, Resume, Cover Letter, Executive Recruiters, Search Strategies, Target Companies, References, Interview Preparation, Confidence Boost, Networking, Compensation, Career Change, Recent Grads, Military, Re-entry, Senior Executives, Government Jobs, Human Resources, Finance, Manufacturing, Management, Supply Chain/Logistics, Sales/Marketing, Global Security, Corporate Real Estate, Facilities Management, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition

Don Nemerov

Don Nemerov believes that being able to clearly articulate what you are good at and how you can add value is critical to a successful job search…more

Experience: FGMK: Managing Director, Grant Thornton: Managing Director, Pricewaterhouse Coopers: Director, Deloitte Consulting, LLP: Director, Arthur Andersen: Principal

Specialties: Value Proposition, Resume, Interview Preparation, Networking, Career Change, LinkedIn, Compensation

David O’Brien

David O’Brien thinks employees should make a strategic choice to get outside their comfort zone…more

Experience: SunCoke Energy:Manager, Staffing and Organizational Development; Infogix, Inc.: H.R. Leader; ADP: Area H.R. Director; Abbott Labs: H.R. Manager

Specialties: Assessment, Value Proposition, Plan of Action, Resume, Cover Letter, Executive Recruiters, Search Strategies, Target Companies, References, Interview Preparation, Mock Interviews, Confidence Boost, Networking, Linkedin, Compensation, Recent Grads, Senior Executives, Human Resources, Corporate Culture, Sales

Jim Rogers

Jim Rogers prizes being a valued discussion partner. Whether he’s helping a CRC member generate ideas about the job market or giving advice to a colleague…more

Experience: Human Capital Management Partners: Managing Director; Grant Alexander (a BPI Group Company): Practice Dir. for Interim Talent; Interim HR World, Inc.: HR Leader; Federal Kemper, Zurich Financial Services Group

Specialties: Assessment, Value Proposition, Plan of Action, Resume, Executive Recruiters, Search Strategies, Target Companies, References, Interview Preparation, Networking, Compensation, Senior Executives, Human Resources, Benefits, Finance/Accounting, Insurance, IT, Performance, Career Development

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Keith Smiley

Keith Smiley believes that employees need to take ownership of their own career…more

Experience: Abbott Laboratories: IT Director; Kraft Foods: IT Consultant; William M. Mercer: Systems Analyst

Specialties: Assessment, Resume, Cover Letter, Search Strategies, Target Companies, Interview Preparation, Mock Interviews, Networking, Recent Grads, General Management, IT

Marshall Smith

Marshall Smith believes a good resume with a solid value statement is key to getting the attention of an employer. He believes job seekers must devote time to assessing their talents and goals so they know who they are and where they want to go…more

Experience: Dutch Ophthalmic USA:  US Director of Sales; Alcon Surgical:  Senior Division Manager, Division Manager, Vitreo-retinal Manager/Field Trainer

Specialties: Assessment, Plan of Action, Resume, Cover Letter, Executive Recruiters, References, Interview Preparation, Mock Interviews, Confidence Boost, Networking, Compensation, Recent Grads

Ron Taylor

Ron Taylor “My first employment lasted 15 years and I loved it. Soon thereafter, I learned for the first time how to look for a job. It required a lot of skills I was rusty at, but it was well worth the effort. In addition to providing for my family, …more

Experience: KPMG: Director of Account Relationships; American Cancer Society: Director, Workplace Health Initiatives; Hollister Incorporated: General Mananger; Siemens Building Technologies: VP

Specialties: Assessment, Value Proposition, Plan of Action, Cover Letter, Search Strategies, Target Companies, References, Interview Preparation, Networking, Career Change, Re-entry, Senior Executives, Business Development, Mergers and Acquisitions, Non-Profits

Sue Thomas

Susan Thomas remembers feeling like she dove into ice cold water when she entered the corporate world…more

Experience: Worldbridge Partners: Executive Recruiter; Baxter Healthcare: Manager, Strategic Staffing; The Chatfield Group: HR Consultant

Specialties: Value Proposition, Plan of Action, Resume, Cover Letter, Executive Recruiters, Search Strategies, References, Interview Preparation, Mock Interviews, Confidence Boost, Networking, Compensation, Healthcare, Sales, Marketing

Brent White

Brent White knows firsthand what it feels like to experience the emotional roller coaster ride of the job search. He also knows that CRC offers members the critical skills, strategies, information, advice and support needed to make the job search a positive experience that results in success. …more

Experience: Peoplefocus: Career Coach and Job Search Strategist; InsightsNow, Inc: Senior Client Development Director; MetrixLab: Vice President, Client Development; SmartRevenue: Vice President; TNS North America: Executive Vice President

Specialties: Value Proposition, Plan of Action, Resume, Cover Letter, Search Strategies, Target Companies, References, Interview Preparation, Mock Interviews, Confidence Boost, Networking, Career Change, Recent Grads, Senior Executives, Market Research, Education

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Art Wilde

Art Wilde, founder of AFWilde Consulting, Inc, specializes in coaching leaders and managers improve their effectiveness and realize a sense of inner accomplishment, both professionally and…more

Experience: AFWilde Consulting, Inc: Professional Integral Coach™; Hillshire Brands: Consultant; O’Cedar™ at Freudenberg Household Products: U.S. Marketing Director; Newell Rubbermaid: Senior Manager-New Product Innovation

Specialties: Plan of Action, Career Change, Re-entry, Senior Executives

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