A Strategic Advantage started as a career coaching firm, working with leaders who struggle to define their career path, find their place in the market, and communicate their value.
This work with leaders expanded to providing customized coaching/training that develops leaders across global organizations, improving competencies in building relationships, growing talent, and engaging teams.
Working with thousands of job seekers, coaching within global companies, and leading state/national career industry professional associations has provided a rich background for training, mentoring, consulting, or developing customized curriculum for workforce centers, nonprofits, and universities nationwide.
Prior to launching A Strategic Advantage, I developed student leaders, recruited, and advised within higher ed; worked in a call center; sold insurance; and co-managed a community pool.
These experiences taught me the pain of my talents being squandered, the anxiety of hunting for passion, and the spark that working with purpose can bring.
My long search ended when I found the Counseling and Career Development program at Colorado State where I earned my masters degree.
Quickly realizing that to serve clients I needed to be an expert in the career industry, I earned (and continually refresh) the credentials listed below.
Today, I have guded thousands of professionals in crossing the career chasm between the real and ideal to use their talents and earn their worth.
As a thought leader in the career industry, I have mentored and trained career professionals and been an invited speaker for national career conferences and pre-conference programs.
To coach leaders, I must continue to challenge myself as a leader, and have served as president of The National Resume Writer’s’ Association and the Colorado Career Development Association. I also facilitate and coordinate the Rotary Leadership Institute for Rotary International District 5440.
My thirst to stay on the cutting edge of career and leadership topics have provided a platform for me to be a career expert for Yahoo! Education, contributor to career industry books and journals, and expert source for BusinessNewsDaily, major professional association publications, and newspaper/radio media nationwide.
"I absolutely love the LinkedIn profile, Marie. I’ve seen several hundred profiles and not one that looks remotely close to the format/style of this one you created." -- K.L., Sales Professional
"I am officially back in the land of the employed! I got a really good response from my resume, at one point I had 10 interviews in less than 2 weeks and had to turn down the 11th. Thank you for taking the time with me to get it right." -- L.R., Supply Chain Manager
"Working with Marie has increased my confidence, and I am better able to communicate my skills and experience and see how they relate to my next potential career." -- K. D., Higher Education Director