In today’s world, choosing the right career path can be stressful and challenging due to the vast array of options available. Cathy Posner, who currently assists numerous individuals through her company, Transition Consulting, and Coaching, once faced the same struggle. Lack of fulfillment with her former career prompted her to pursue a life-coaching program, which ultimately helped her realize how this knowledge could benefit others. As she began her entrepreneurial journey, Cathy met another woman who shared her own vision about expanding her existing coaching practice. For a time, they worked collaboratively while Cathy built her skill set, and she eventually launched her own practice, Transition Consulting, and Coaching, in 2007.
Corporate Experience and Entrepreneurship
Cathy worked in the nonprofit sector before jumping into entrepreneurship. The empathy piece, which is so important in coaching, was there because of the type of work she was doing and translated very well to her coaching practice. She had been engaging in consulting projects and nonprofit board development, organization strategic planning, and group education, which was also a direct fit with coaching work. The opportunity arose from the conversation with her coach acquaintance, and she was off and running!
Transition Consulting and Coaching
Coaching is a highly effective approach for gaining a better understanding of one’s environment, interests, skills development, and motivation. Transition Consulting and Coaching has been providing services for over 16 years and offers a diverse range of services that cater to different audiences, ensuring custom-fit approaches for its clients. Founder Cathy has always enjoyed the variety in her career, and that’s reflected in the company’s four principal delivery areas: career coaching for individuals, small or large group education, HR support services, and coaching and workshops for nonprofit boards. The company’s services aim to help clients achieve a higher level of efficacy and greater fulfillment, and Cathy’s broad industry experience and expertise enable her to provide solutions to just about any situation or challenge that arises.
Cathy brings her range of experience to her business to help her clients grow. She understands the “language” and “culture” of a broad variety of organizations. In addition to career coaching, Cathy is an expert in resume writing. She believes that many professionals lack the essential skill of creating a compelling resume, which can impact their success in the professional world. According to Cathy, a resume is a record of an individual’s professional history and should effectively communicate their background. She enjoys the resume writing process so much that she a book on resume writing in 2019, Crafting a Resume that Lands you the Job. She knows that messaging a persuasive story on a resume can attract more opportunities.
Coaching Strategies and Tools for Personal and Professional Growth
Cathy has many tools to bring her clients fresh perspectives, directions, and inspiration. She coaches on broadening perspective, neutralizing challenging thoughts or situations, and helping each client to see the possibilities. All of her coachings is rooted in Emotional Intelligence theory.
Cathy also works as a Senior Coach with CareerCurve, an outplacement organization for employees transitioning out of their positions. She helps candidates work through their feelings, neutralize the situation about being let go, set goals for their next professional opportunity, and prepare the talking points and materials for those opportunities, ultimately helping candidates land new positions.
Community Involvement and Advocacy Efforts
Giving back is very important to Cathy; she has served on boards since her mid-20s. She served on the board of the local Women’s Endowment Fund and is currently serving as president of the board of Feeding Medina County. Cathy recently joined the leadership team for 100+ Women Who Care, which is part of a national network of 100+ Women Who Care groups. She is also a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), which advocates for women in the workplace issues, especially pay equity.
Advice for Women Entrepreneurs: Take Risks and Believe in Yourself
For women who are considering entrepreneurship, Cathy suggests that risk-taking is necessary for success. She believes that putting effort and energy into something that is important to you will pay off in the end. However, she also cautions against pursuing opportunities that may be too difficult or not worthwhile. Cathy advises women to believe in themselves and their abilities to build and grow something they are passionate about. While the journey may be challenging, the fulfillment that comes from creating something meaningful can be immeasurable.
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