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The Now, The New & The Next in Careers

Career Thought Leaders and Resume Writing Academy are excited to bring careers industry professionals two weeks of strategies to walk confidently into the future through connecting, learning, and an exceptional location... accessible from around the globe VIRTUALLY! 

Our speaker lineup includes thought leaders from the careers industry and beyond to bring you the resources you need to refresh your approach and the inspiration you need to renew your energy to help clients thrive and move forward with hope in 2021.

Who attends the Career Thought Leaders Professional Development Symposium? Career and leadership coaches, career services staff, professional resume writers, personal branding strategists, military transition staff, and like-minded professionals who guide others in advancing their careers.


Your professional development for 2021? Done!

Attend live OR register for the All-Access program and listen to the recordings later.

All-Access also includes watch sessions for recordings throughout the year!

Attend them all OR design a customized program from all the sessions below. Download the Symposium at a Glance here.

Monday, March 15

4:00-4:45 PM ET: Orientation & Planning to Get the Most

4:45-5:30 PM ET: Meet a Few New Colleagues via Structured Networking

Tuesday, March 16

10:00-11:30 AM ET: Welcome & Alexandra Levit: Career Durability: Providing Hope & Optimism to Clients

2:00-3:00 PM ET: Wendi Weiner: Build Your Business Through Social & Earned Media

5:00-6:30 PM ET: Emiliya Zhivotovskaya: Positive Psychology: Practical Tools to Keep Clients Rising

Wednesday, March 17

10:00-11:30 AM ET: Ezra Singer: Guide Clients to Maximize Compensation When Changing Jobs in the Global Workplace

2:00-3:30 PM ET: Ruth Winden & Nancy Collamer: Help Clients Continue the Rise - Life & Work in the (Un)Retirement Age

5:00-6:30 PM ET: Marietta Gentles Crawford: Write LinkedIn Profiles Humans Want to Read (While Still Optimizing for Search)

6:30-7:30 PM ET: Colleague Discussions (Facilitated, Content-Rich Connection!)

Thursday, March 18

10:00-11:30 AM ET: Nelson Emilio: Use LinkedIn to Generate Leads: Fostering Trust Virtually

2:00-3:00 PM ET: Mark Anthony Dyson: Job Search Hacks for 2021 & Beyond

3:00-4:00 PM ET: Colleague Discussions (Facilitated, Content-Rich Connection!)

6:00-7:30 PM ET: Recruiter Panel

Friday, March 19

10:00-11:30 AM ET: Kathleen Stinnett: Access Creativity & Immediacy with In-the-Moment Coaching

2:00-3:00 PM ET: Nickquolette Barrett: Video Victory! Confidently Conquering Virtual Interviews, Video Coaching & Video Marketing

3:00-4:00 PM ET: Colleague Discussions (Facilitated, Content-Rich Connection!)

Monday, March 22

10:00-11:30 AM ET: Resume Design Lab with Marie Zimenoff: Marry ATS & Human-friendly Design with Just the Right Touch of Modern Flair

2:00-3:00 PM ET: Donna Svei: Optimize the Reader's Experience: Resume Fit, Function & Format

5:00-6:30 PM ET: Susan Britton: Insight + Action = Traction: Turn Learning Into Sustainable Change

6:30-7:30 PM ET: Colleague Discussions (Facilitated, Content-Rich Connection!)

Tuesday, March 23

10:00-11:00 AM ET: Mental & Physical Health: Tools for Practitioners & Clients

1:00-5:00 PM ET: Deborah Westcott: Take Your Clients to the Next Level with Emotional Intelligence

Wednesday, March 24

1:00-3:00 PM ET: Faith James: Power-up Your Brand, Grow Your Business

5:00-7:00 PM ET: Marie Zimenoff & Jan Melnik: Profitable Pricing & Packaging 

Thursday, March 25

1:00-3:00 PM ET: Panel: You Do WHAT? Exploring a Variety of Careers Industry Business Models

5:00-7:00 PM ET: Petra Zink: Create Magnetic Content to Lasso Leads on LinkedIn

Friday, March 26

1:00-5:00 PM ET: Marie Zimenoff, Louise Kursmark & Deb Dib: Excite, Engage & Activate Through Career Stories

Click here for program suggestions for coaches, writers, business builders, and personal branding strategists

Registration & Pricing


Two full weeks of connecting, learning, and deep learning to improve your practice. Includes:

All Live Sessions

Access to All Recordings

Free Books from Speakers

Transcripts from All Sessions

Notes from Colleague Discussions

Access to Highest-rate Career Jam Sessions + Pre-recorded Sessions of Your Choice

Follow-up Conversations with Attendees to Maximize Transformation

Retail: $997

Regular Registration 
Ends March 12

Register Today

After Hours

All sessions after 5 PM ET for 12+ hours of connecting, learning, and sharing practices with colleagues. Includes:

Live Session Access for Sessions After 5 PM ET

Access to Recordings of All Sessions

Transcripts for All Sessions

Great for New Business Launchers & Asia-Pacific Career Colleagues

Retail: $797

Regular Registration 
 Ends March 12

Register Today

Live Only Access

Attend Sessions Live Only (No recordings or transcripts provided)

LIVE-ONLY Session Access for All Sessions

LIVE-ONLY Access to Colleague Discussions

Retail: $497

Regular Registration
Ends March 12

Register Today


The Future of Work

Alexandra Levit
Thinkers50's Class of 2019
Partner, PeopleResults

Alexandra Levit’s goal is to prepare organizations and their employees to be competitive and marketable in the future business world. A former nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and writer for the New York Times, Fast Company, and Forbes, Alexandra has authored several books, including the international bestseller They Don’t Teach Corporate in College and Humanity Works: Merging People and Technologies for the Workforce of the Future.

Alexandra recently became a partner with organizational development firm PeopleResults. She consults and writes on leadership development, human resources, technology adoption, entrepreneurship, innovation, career and workplace trends on behalf of numerous Fortune 500 companies including American Express, Canon, Deloitte, DeVry University, Intuit, SilkRoad, and Staples, and has spoken on these topics at hundreds of organizations around the world including Abbott, ADP, Bank of America, Cardinal Health, Campbell Soup, Exelon, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Human Capital Institute, McDonalds, Microsoft, PepsiCo, the Society of Human Resource Management, and Whirlpool.

In the last several years, Alexandra has conducted proprietary research on the future of work, technology adoption, the millennial generation, gender differences and bias, and the skills gap. She also served as a member of Business Roundtable’s Springboard Project, which advised the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Defense on current employment issues.

Alexandra is also a frequent national media spokesperson and is regularly featured in outlets including USA Today, National Public Radio, CNN, ABC News, CNBC, Forbes, the Associated Press, and Glamour. She was named an American Management Association Top Leader for two years in a row and has also been Money Magazine’s Online Career Expert of the Year and the author of one of Forbes’ best websites for women.

A member of the Northwestern University Council of 100 and the Young Entrepreneur Council, Alexandra received the prestigious Emerging Leader Award from her alma mater. The award honors a Northwestern graduate under 35 who had made a significant impact in her field and in society. She was also just named to the Thinkers50's Class of 2019. This global organization identifies the individuals developing the most compelling business and management ideas of our age. She resides in Chicago, IL.

Social & Earned Media to Grow Your Business

Wendi Weiner
Attorney & Founder

The Writing Guru®

Wendi Weiner is an attorney and award-winning writer who has been featured in over 75 media outlets (including CNBC, CNN, HuffPost, Money, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, and Business Insider) as a top authority in resume writing, personal branding, social storytelling, career strategy, and the job search process. As a solopreneur and owner of The Writing Guru, her trademarked namesake company, Wendi holds 6 certifications in resume writing, personal branding, career coaching, and LinkedIn.  

Wendi has been credited with more than 10 honors and awards for her ability to create powerful career and personal brands for attorneys, top executives, and C-suite leaders for their job search, LinkedIn presence, and digital footprint. She provides corporate branding services to Fortune 25 companies and writes for major publications, including CNBC, the Ladders, and Thrive Global. She is a sought-after speaker who frequently presents at industry conferences and to audiences across the world about personal branding, resume writing, business professionalism, reputation management, legal career alternatives, and social networking.

Wendi's own career background includes serving as a college writing professor for 7 years while simultaneously practicing law for almost 12 years, both in big law and in-house for a Fortune 200 company. An active member of the Florida Bar since 2004, Wendi holds a Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law and an undergraduate degree in English from Florida State University.

Positive Psychology & Resilience

Emiliya Zhivotovskaya
CEO, Flourishing Center

Emiliya is the CEO and founder of The Flourishing Center, a New York City based Benefit Corporation (B-Corp) that is dedicated to increasing the flourishing of individuals, organizations, and communities world wide. She is the creator of the acclaimed Certification in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) program offered in 11 cities across the U.S., Canada and online worldwide which has trained over 700 practitioners to date. She is the creator the Bounce Back BetterTM (B3) Program, Positive Psychology Coaching Certification, Flourishing Skills Group® (FSG®) Program, creator of the iMMi Program, co-founder of the Positive Educator CertificationTM (PEC) Program, creator of the PERMA-V Model and the 5i Change Agent Model. (If you haven’t noticed, she likes creating and is an “inventor” in our 5i Change Agent Model.)

Emiliya holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Positive Psychology and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Mind-Body Medicine from Saybrook University, where she is also an adjunct faculty member. Emiliya holds a PCC credential with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), as well as over a dozen certifications in modalities ranging from coaching to yoga, Reiki, intenSati, Thai massage, biofeedback, motivational interviewing and more. Prior to her work in the science of wellbeing, Emiliya was a professional party entertainer. Thus, she refers to herself as an edu-tain-ial pra-cademic-prenuer; she educates in a way that entertains and enables people to connect socially to each other, and her approach fuses her background first and foremost as a practitioner, then a researcher and academic, as well as her extensive career in business as an entrepreneur. She integrates these tools into a unique approach to vitality and mind-body health, inspiring and empowering others to craft a life of thriving.

Salary Negotiation

Ezra Singer
CEO & Founder,
Ezra Singer + Associate

Ezra Singer has spent a significant part of his career negotiating compensation packages.

As Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Verizon Communications, he oversaw negotiations involving many of the key executives responsible for this Fortune 10 company’s successful launch and subsequent growth. In addition, he was responsible for designing broad based compensation plans for the Company and led negotiations with the unionized labor force.

Ezra held similar positions at national retailer, L Brands, (parent of Bath and Body Works, Pink and Victoria Secret) and multinational computer company, Lenovo. An HR attorney by training, he understands the fundamentals and nuances of contract law. He also appreciates how arriving at mutually agreeable contractual terms is an innovative, iterative process that requires a knowledge and experience far deeper than the typical executive may possess.

While Ezra was fortunate to enjoy long tenures at each of his employers — including 22 years at Verizon and predecessor company GTE —he successfully negotiated several of his own compensation packages and has counseled a broad spectrum of executives in negotiating theirs. His understanding of how potential employers think, the degree to which they leave themselves “maneuvering room,” and their openness to creative compensation packages gives his clients negotiating leverage they might otherwise forgo.

For higher-level positions, he draws on his previous work with C-Suite executives and board members. His unique understanding of the distinct criteria they apply when making hiring decisions and the extent to which they are able to influence compensation packages — often beyond prescribed ceilings — has translated to six-figure compensation increments for a number of clients.

LinkedIn Profile Writing

Marietta Gentles Crawford
Personal Branding Strategist
Professional Writer

Marietta Gentles Crawford has been featured on websites like Business InsiderForbesMoneyThe MuseInc.Fast CompanyThrive Global, and HuffPo.

She's also the author of From Nine to Thrive: A Guide to Building Your Personal Brand and Elevating Your Career—a personal branding book that’s been a go-to career guide for both intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs.

Before taking the big leap to start her own business, MGC Ink, she worked within Fortune 500 companies for 15+ years as a corporate trainer and writer. She credits her small but powerful LinkedIn network for helping her elevate her online brand.

Now she shows small business owners, consultants, and freelancers how to build a personality-driven brand on LinkedIn and use their digital footprint to attract high-caliber money-making opportunities.

Life & Work in the (Un)Retirement Age

Nancy Collamer
Retirement Coach & Columnist

Ruth Winden
Older Yet Bolder Coach &
CTL Board Member

When the Beatles released their iconic song ‘When I’m 64’ in 1967, people hoped that their later lives would be as idyllic as the song lyrics “Every summer we can rent a cottage in the Isle of Wight, if it’s not too dear, we shall scrimp and save, grandchildren on your knee, Vera, Chuck and Dave.” Fast forward to 2020, and 64 is the new 54 - our ideas of how we want to live and work have changed dramatically.

So what are the career challenges and rewards for clients in their 50s and 60s who are part of the ever-growing ageing workforce? Join two career professionals from the US and the UK who focus on helping clients design their lives and careers in midlife and beyond for an interactive discussion about:

  • The typical life and work challenges faced by older workers on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • Strategies and recommendations on how to support “second act” clients on both sides of the Atlantic.

Because the question remains the same for all of us, “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64?”

Nancy Collamer is a semi-retirement coach and the author of Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Semi-Retirement. She writes a monthly column about work and purpose for NextAvenue.org (PBS site for boomers) and Forbes.com. She is the founder of MyLifestyleCareer.com, a popular website for boomers interested in crafting meaningful and flexible second-acts after retirement.

Ruth Winden is a career coach focusing on career and life design for the over 50s. Her motto “Older Yet Bolder” inspires clients to pro-actively manage their midlife careers and fulfil their aspirations – and often forge new paths in the process. Ruth is a CTL Advisory Board Member and co-chair of the Special Interest Group on Midlife Careers for the UK’s CDI. Say hello on twitter @OlderYetBolder or on her podcast, via olderyetbolder.com

Job Search Hacks for 2021 & Beyond

Mark Anthony Dyson
Founder Voice of Job seekers

Mark Anthony Dyson is "The Voice of Job Seekers." "The Voice of Job Seekers," is the platform of compassionate career and jobs expert Mark Anthony Dyson. He's a prolific writer, speaker, and podcaster, and his award-winning blog and podcast are a rich source of information for anyone exploring the job market. He is always hacking and reimagining the modern job search. He is the author of the E-Book “421 Modern Job Search Tips 2021! He has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Inc., Fast Company, and Linkedin News LIVE with Andrew Seaman.

Coaching and Human Performance Solutions

Kathleen Stinnett
Founder, FutureLaunch

Kathleen Stinnett, Master Certified Coach (MCC), is the principal and founder of FutureLaunch, an organization that provides clients with coaching and human performance solutions. She brings over 25 years of experience working with individuals and teams to create sustainable change and results.

Clients describe her as an energetic, positive force and role model who helps individuals and teams make courageous and intentional changes. A popular speaker, author, and facilitator, Kathleen coaches leaders at all levels to understand and improve their personal leadership effectiveness. Taking a strengths-based approach to development, she works with leaders and teams to help create environments in which people flourish. Coaching clients typically include C-suite officers, mid- and senior-level leaders, and professional coaches.

In 2000, Kathleen completed a professional coaching certification program with the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara and earned the Master Certified Coach (MCC) credentials through the International Coach Federation in 2005. For 17 years, Kathleen served on the faculty of the Hudson Institute, as well as serving as a master coach assessor. In 2010, Kathleen and Jack Zenger co-authored the book The Extraordinary Coach: How the Best Leaders Help Others Grow (McGraw-Hill) and developed the award-winning Extraordinary Coach program, targeted at managers who want to improve their coaching effectiveness.

Kathleen received her credential as a certified coaching supervisor in 2014 from the Ashridge University in London and currently supervises coaches who seek to deepen their effectiveness in coaching. In 2015, she obtained her Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology and has created a three-day program for certified coaches.

Kathleen earned a master’s degree in Training and Development from the University of Houston and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder. A passionate musician in her free time, Kathleen composed and produced her first solo piano CD in 2002. She lives between Seattle and Santa Barbara with her sweetie and the world’s largest Yorkshire Terrier (Mocha). Thanks to COVID, Kathleen has taken up entertaining virtually and cooking dinner every night. She has served on the board of directors for Coaches Collective International since 2007. 

Video Victory

Nickquolette Barrett
"Get Hired" Strategist, Author 

Nickquolette Barrett aka The "Get Hired" Strategist, is a Certified Career Transition Coach, two time career industry award winner, two time author, and dynamic speaker. She specializes in résumé writing, interview prep, career development, and LinkedIn branding. She holds four career industry certifications: CPRW, CCTC, CEIP, and NCOPE. She authored two books, You're Hired, Vol 1 & Vol 2.

She won a 2020 Honorable Mention award for her interview prep method called iRockS.T.A.R. and the 2020 Pat Schuler Kick Butt Award for contributions made to the career practitioners’ industry both from Career Directors International.

Nickquolette has worked in corporate America since 1994. Due to her ability to lead and coach others, she received her first promotion to leadership in 1999. As a corporate leader, she coaches career professionals on how to make the most of their careers. This coaching includes:

  • how to present your best self on paper and in person
  • how to get selected for non-publicized opportunities, and
  • how to create a satisfying and rewarding career
  • how to ask for the salary you deserve

Nickquolette's mission is to take you from job applicant to job candidate. And, she works to change your mindset from employee to CEO of your career. Her motto is “Land the Job of Your Dreams and Create a Career That Rocks”.

Nickquolette works with clients at various stages of their career. Testimonials from happy and satisfied clients keep her referral pipeline full. 

For more information on Nickquolette’s services for individuals and businesses looking for speaking, training & development, go to irockresumes.com. Also, connect with her on social media @irockresumes, and on LinkedIn @Nickquolette Barrett.

Combining Insight & Action to Get Traction

Susan Britton
, The Academies Inc.

Susan Britton, PCC—founder and president of The Academies, Inc.—brings nearly 20 years of experience to the art and science of coach training. Her brain-friendly approach to coaching stems from a fascination with applied positive psychology, neuroscience, and the biology of behavior change. Susan holds coaching credentials as a PCC (International Coach Federation), and is the author of seven books on career management.

As president of The Academies, Inc., her coach training program, “Career & Leadership Coach Program with Neuroscience Foundation,” is designated as a 125-hour ACTP (Accredited Coach Training Program) by the International Coach Federation. As a mentor coach, she has guided hundreds of coaches around the globe to a deeper understanding of brain-based coaching techniques that help us live and work with resilience, possibility, and ease.

Personal and Digital Branding

Petra Zink
Founder, impaCCt and The360Talent.Co

Petra Zink is a certified Personal Branding & Digital Strategist, Career Coach, Speaker & Consultant - specialised in the Future of Work. She is the Founder of impaCCCt and The360Talent.Co. Both companies are designed to future-proof individuals and organisations through building and monetising Brands that make an impact, online and offline.

Taking Your Clients To The Next Level With Emotional Intelligence

Deborah Westcott
Founder & CEO, coachEQ

Deborah Westcott is the Founder & CEO of coachEQ, Colorado’s premier Emotional Intelligence training organization. She has worked as a coach, trainer, consultant, speaker, educator, and psychotherapist for more than 40 years. Deborah is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), and is also certified in two Social and Emotional Intelligence assessments. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Hawaii.

Deborah’s tireless dedication to equality and empowerment has led her to teach at Colorado State University, co-found the Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocacy (SAVA) Center of Colorado, work with Project Self Sufficiency and the Junior League, and serve on multiple non-profit boards and commissions throughout Colorado. Her success is founded on her ability to develop powerful trusting relationships with her clients and colleagues. That bond helps to transform behavior and develop the skills needed to reach your full potential as a leader. Her three-step process is designed to support and challenge every client: Listen clearly, ask powerful questions, and step into empathy.

Deepen Sessions

Take Your Clients to the Next Level with Emotional Intelligence

As a Career Coach, you want every client to be successful on their path. But what if they’re getting in their own way? Emotional Intelligence skills are the strongest indicator of career success (2-to-1 over IQ alone) — and it’s imperative that your clients possess and use these skills to their advantage. Once you have this core knowledge, you’ll be able to identify the common “EQ Red Flags” to watch out for, introduce your clients to the core concepts of Emotional Intelligence, and give them the tools they need to give better interviews, communicate more clearly, and obtain better jobs.

In this session, participants will:

  • Be given a framework that they can use to discuss career planning and advancement with their clients.
  • Learn the language for communicating the importance of Emotional Intelligence with potential clients.
  • Discover helpful tools they can use immediately to improve their client’s self-awareness and communication skills.
  • Gain a better understanding of the four key areas of EQ, and coaching strategies to address each area.

Differentiating Your Business
Join your colleagues to focus on your business -- designing it to align with your strengths while differentiating from the growing pool of coaches, brand strategists, and resume writers. Faith James will have you powering-up your brand to grow your business in no time!

Profitable Pricing & Packaging Learn and discuss strategies to make your business more profitable with pricing and packaging strategies that will finally work for you to stop living client to client. Join Marie Zimenoff and Jan Melnik to transform your business! 

You Do WHAT?
Listen in to this panel as they share what makes their business model work for them, including WHAT they do all day, how they manage their business, their top business tools, and the marketing strategies that keep it all moving.

Create Magnetic Content to Lasso Leads on LinkedIn (& Beyond!)
Does creating content seem like an endless chore? If you are struggling, not as consistent as you'd like to be, or not turning content into leads, this session is for you! Petra Zink will be sharing her content-creation system and tips that will have your content converting your ideal client.

Excite, Engage & Activate Thru Career Stories
In this program, instructors Louise Kursmark, Deb Dib, and Marie Zimenoff will share a step-by-step process for gathering stories and writing content that connects with your client’s target audience: from resumes and cover letters to profiles, professional introductions, formal bios, and more. If you are an All-Access attendee, apply a portion of your registration fee toward becoming one of the first in a growing group of Academy Certified Career Storytellers! (Participants are not obligated to continue on with certification).

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