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Career Coaches

A professional career coach helps people make decisions and plans related to life and career directions. The coaches below were vetted by the UCLA Alumni Career Engagement team. Their prices vary, but discounts are also offered on their services to UCLA alumni.

Austin Bauer ’09

Austin Bauer, Professional Certified Coach (PCC), is an executive coach and founder of Simple Progress, a consultancy that helps organizations do better work by developing cultures of organizational listening, collaborative learning and internal innovation. Bauer has worked with[…]

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Emily Baxt ’92

Emily Baxt is an experienced, compassionate career counselor and coach who enjoys helping people figure out how their strengths can benefit the world. Many of her clients are early- to mid-career professionals, parents returning to work, or successful professionals looking for

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Duncan Chapple ’02

Duncan Chapple coaches alumni developing successful careers in Western Europe. He has 20 years of experience coaching graduates developing international careers, principally in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. He is a career strategist[…]

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Chris St. Clair ’83

Chris St. Clair’s passion is guiding her clients to find their strength and their voice! She can help you navigate and recover from a job loss or career transition, as well as other transitional life experiences, faster and more effectively than you thought possible.

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Kimberly Cook, M.P.H. ’15

Kimberly Cook, former UCLA Health Administrator and Hiring Manager uses over a decade of health care experience and insider knowledge to her client’s advantage. She is passionate about seeing aspiring health care […]

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Kellie Corbisiero

Kellie Corbisiero is a career counselor and coach offering over 10 years of experience in career development and human resources. She works with individuals at every stage of their life in facilitating career identification, […]

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Diane Dreher, M.A. ’70, Ph.D. ’73

Diane Dreher is a positive psychology coach and founder of Diane Dreher Coaching & Consulting, LLC, a consultancy that helps individuals and organizations flourish. Her coaching clients have begun new careers […]

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Octavia Goredema

Octavia Goredema is an award-winning career coach and writer based in Los Angeles. At Twenty Ten Agency, Goredema provides career coaching to professionals across the United States. Her career development content has been shared by leading institutions[…]

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Erin Haywood

Erin Haywood’s career as an educator and consultant has been grounded in critically thinking about some of the toughest societal issues like diversity and inclusion, accessible education, and workforce development. She is committed and passionate about continuing to learn, […]

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Jim Hjort ’94

Executive and career coach Jim Hjort specializes in helping intelligent, inquisitive professionals navigate vocational change, with the confidence born of innate wisdom coupled with proven science. He offers in-depth values discovery workups[…]

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Chelsea Johnson ’01

Chelsea Johnson, owner of Karuna Wellness, is a Southern California-based Certified Intrinsic Coach (CIC) who understands the struggles of entering the workforce, identifying career direction and making career transitions. She has worked with clients all over the United States,[…]

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Markell Morris

Known for empowering her clients from a place of possibility and abundance, Markell R. Morris has spent her award-winning career motivating and guiding people in search of direction and advancement. An expert in the career management process, Morris offers […]

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Marcy Newman

Marcy Newman, M.Ed. is a higher education professional with over 10 years of experience guiding students, alumni and professionals in their career and professional development. She currently serves as a director of a university career center in Los Angeles. In 2008, Marcy Newman […]

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Cynthia Orduña

Cynthia Orduña is a career coach and talent development advisor with a background in recruiting, career development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has helped over 50 startup companies in L.A., S.F., N.Y., and Chicago recruit and retain […]

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Kayla Smith

Kayla Smith is a career coach who serves clients from around the world with a variety of services. She has nearly 10 years of experience and specializes in helping her clients through career transitions, navigating networking, preparing professional documents […]

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Ellie Tabibian

Ellie Tabibian is a Gallup-Certified CliftonStrengths coach and career counselor helping professionals unleash their best abilities for meaningful success in all phases of career needs. As a faculty instructor at Pepperdine University, she has coached students […]

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Emily Taylor, MBA ’08

Emily brings first-hand experience of the hiring process from the employer’s side and the preparation process from a business school career center perspective. This means she can tell you with certainty what it takes to shine. Over the past 15 years, Taylor […]

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Lucy Tseng ’12

Lucy Tseng is a Life & Resilience Coach working with folks who are experiencing major changes, particularly athletes of all levels who are transitioning to life after sports. Additionally, she is part of the development team that raised $5.49 billion […]

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Alternative Guidance or Practices

Phyll Perry

Phyll Perry, M.S.W., M.F.A. started New Options Counseling in 1989 specializing in career choices, educational decisions, relationships and relocation. Over the past 30 years […]

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John Brown, J.D. ’04

After graduating from the UCLA School of Law and spending years as an attorney and then as an entrepreneur (founder of The Los Angeles Shaving Soap Company), Brown realized he wanted to help people directly. Coaching and hypnotherapy appealed to him because of his ability to help […]

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