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Michele Gorman

Managing Principal

Michele is a Senior Career Management, Talent Development and Acquisition Consultant.  She has spent the last ten years working with a leading global career management consulting firm, serving as an Assistant Dean for a top School of Business and assisting over 10,000 individuals in their career management and entrepreneurial endeavors.  Her expertise lies in executive coaching, talent development, transition program management for large corporations and individual development.  

Some of Michele’s recent selected achievements include; serving as a speaker at the U.S. State Department for Middle Eastern Emerging Leaders on various Career Management topics; starring as a guest host on the Martha Stewart Career Management radio show on SIRIUS with an audience in excess of 500,000 listeners; managing 10 projects for transitioning associates from organizations including the International Monetary Fund, ExxonMobil, Capital One, Concert Communications and Ahold USA; creating and leading the strategic career management and corporate relations plans for American University’s Kogod School of Business in order to compete in the Wall Street Journal rankings where they were previously unranked. Michele has been quoted in the US News and World Report, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, LoveToKnow.com, Workwise, MBAPrograms.org, The Grindstone, Yahoo Education and Asia.com.  She is also recognized for pubishing a whitepaper on how organizations can maximize social media in talent acquisition.

Michele prides herself on working with individuals from all backgrounds and ethnicities, staying true to her personal upbringing in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  She graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelors degree and completed her MBA at the University of Tennessee.  Michele is passionate about helping individuals leverage their full talents and potential.

 

C.M. Peduto II ("Mike")

Senior Consultant

As a veteran of more than 30 years in business leadership positions, Mike developed a rich experience as a successful leader/facilitator/coach.  He became known to his customers – many of them, high-profile telecom carriers - as a highly motivated, results-oriented leader, focused on delivery of excellent customer service, while driving continuous business process improvement and resulting cost reductions.

Mike markets and delivers a number of high-impact training workshops on concepts including, interpersonal communications, leadership, teamwork/teambuilding and problem solving.   He is a Master Facilitator for Sigma Service Solutions, where he has worked extensively with staff at Johnson Controls and EMC in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia on enhancing their communications skills with customers.

Mike is a Member of Faculty at the American Management Association where he presents professional-level workshops on Leadership and Effective Communication.  Mike has also personally developed a number of high-energy interactive business simulations designed to help participants “burn-in” learned concepts experientially.   His energy and enthusiasm combine to give conferees an enjoyable and educational personal growth experience.

Mike’s success as a Senior Career Consultant has evolved from his previous successes. He has worked with thousands of clients in career transition resulting from layoffs to develop and execute a full life cycle career search, including creation of a resume and complete communications strategies, development and execution of a career marketing plan, and practice of winning interview and negotiations skills.
Mike is a graduate of Loyola College in Maryland with a degree in Physics-Engineering and remains active in Loyola’s annual giving and development programs.

Phillipa Wilcox

Vice President/ Senior Consultant

Phillipa has over 30 years of professional and academic experiences that span both the public and private sectors in organizational assessment and development, management training, career coaching and program sales.

Phillipa brings experience as Senior Consultant for a global Career Management firm. In this role she provides services in career development, personal coaching, training and facilitation. Phillipa has worked with transitioning employees from a variety of industry segments, including Information Technology, Healthcare, Financial Services, Telecommunications, Hospitality, Federal Government, as well as legal and marketing professionals. As an independent consultant Phillipa has delivered the Transition Assistance Program for the US Military personnel who are separating or retiring and conducts training for supervisory and management personnel for a large retail operation in the Washington DC metro market.

She served as Associate Director for Career Development Programs for the Kogod School of Business at American University working extensively one-on-one with MBA students helping them navigate through their job search process. Highlights from this experience included being part of the management team that achieved the Wall Street Journal 2007 graduate ranking for the Kogod School of Business and for increasing graduates starting compensation by 20% from the previous year as a result of coaching and job search skill development.

Phillipa also had considerable accomplishments at the other “CIA”; The Culinary Institute of America. There she was the Assistant Director of Continuing Education and a faculty member in the Associate of Occupational Studies program where she taught over 700 students per year in the principles of food service business management and facility planning She was also selected to evaluate management skills for Master Chef Certification candidates. During her later role in continuing education, she was responsible for managing the operation of a department that served over 6500 professional adult learners, domestically and internationally. She was than assigned as Contract Sales Consultant to provide consulting services to the Hospitality Industry. While serving as project lead for a national restaurant chain in revising their training methodology she received the President’s Award.

Following a family relocation to Northern Virginia, Phillipa joined the Presidents’ office of a national trade association formed to promote the travel industry. She served as a key adviser to the President and Senior Staff on substantive issues that had a national impact on the tourism industry. Phillipa holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Elmira College, Elmira NY.