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January 26, 2023

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Career Coach

Colette Ellis


Career Development – Discover Your Competent Advantage™

Transitioning into Success

Making Your Net-Work


Stress Management – Coping with Work & Family Stress™

Reduce Stress – Focus Energy

Creating Balance in a Fast Paced World

Is Your Stress Weighing You Down?


Colette Ellis, is the founder of InStep Consulting LLC.  Collette is a dynamic communicator and trusted advisor to pivotal leaders of Fortune 500 and nonprofit organizations across the United States.  She has been a featured speaker for 85 Broads, 100 Women in Hedge Funds, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Citibank at Work, Downtown Women’s Club, HSBC Bank USA, National Coalition of Black Women, US Small Business Administration and Women For Hire.  Colette encourages innovative and continuous learning as an Adjunct Professor with New York University, teaching graduate courses on Managing Diversity.  Her leadership program, Discover Your Competent Advantage helps clients leverage their power, passion and relationships to achieve sustainable results.  Colette graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College, and from New York University, where she was a Dean’s Scholar, with an M.P.A. in Public Finance.


  • @Who’s Hiring- How to Leverage Social Media for Your Job Search
  • Attack the Problem, Not Your Team-8 Steps to Resolving Your Biggest Challenges
  • Bring Your Future into Laser Focus- How to Define & Communicate Your Vision
  • Can You Hear Me Now? – How to Achieve Communication Breakthroughs
  • Create a Buzz- How to Brand Yourself in 140 Characters of Less
  • Follow the Evidence- How to Manage Diversity in the New Normal
  • Healthy Habits, Healthy Minds-How to Manage Stress in a Fast-Paced World
  • Know Your Market- How to Find Your Next Best Opportunity for Success
  • There’s No “I” in Team- How to Motivate & Inspire for Sustainable Results
  • The New Normal– How to Position Yourself for Success in a Changing Environment

Programs and activities can be modified based on the goals and priorities of the target audience.  For more information, contact us at:

Rave Reviews

  • “Colette was enjoyable to work with.  So often faciliatators are not well spoken and cannot keep the group going.  She was both well spoken, kept the group going and interacted well with the group.”
  • “Colette was clear in her instructions and explanations but never tried to dominate the discussions as some facilitators do.”
  • “[The retreat that Colette facilitated] created a platform for the development of a vision for the next 20+ years.  This platform is only in a discussion stage but the major points have been identified.”
  • “One of the pluses [Colette] possesses is the ability to ‘make you think.'”
  • [Colette] was excellent and pleasant and knowledgeable.  She sets a presence for everyone to be comfortable and respected.  She is very good at what she does.”

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Kristina Leonardi


Women & Diversity: Identity, Inclusion and Empowerment
Pink Slips: Learning from Life’s Disappointments
Who Are You & What Are You Supposed to Be Doing With Your Life?
Spring Cleaning for the Soul
Use Your Freedom to Create the Life of Your Dreams!


Kristina Leonardi is the Founder and Executive Director of The Women’s Mosaic, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education, inspiration and motivation for women to express their full power and potential in the world. As a speaker and seminar leader, she provides a practical framework for each attendee to make the most of their personal and professional lives, allowing them to recognize, connect to, and fulfill their role in the world at large. Kristina has a B.A. degree in International Relations from Boston University, and has taught extensively for New York University’s Center for Hospitality, Travel and Tourism and the Center for Career, Education and Life Planning and was recently featured as a guest on the all-women owned radio network, Greenstone Media. She was listed as one of Hispanic Magazines Top Latinas of 2004 and is currently the Tango Diva 2007 Diva Visionary Award winner.

Rave Reviews

Kristina is an amazing inspiration to women in NYC and all over the world. She brings together such a diverse group of women for her programs and events and inspires all who meet her to be their best always. – Melanie McEvoy, President of National Association of Women Business Owners NYC

Kristina has worked tirelessly to create a community of women in New York City who support each other, learn from each other, and challenge each other to create better lives for our selves and our world. – Patti Binder, former Director of YWCA Center for Girls

….she is not only a visionary, but also an empathetic and able practitioner of her vision. She believes in the creative and collective power of women, so she devotes her time to facilitating just that. – Rebecca Cathcart, Journalist

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this topic couldn’t have come at a more perfect time in my life. I found Kristina’s points to be very clear and direct. Not “over my head” and filled with textbook phrases. I feel very motivated and excited to take what I learned into my life. – Cindy D., Workshop Attendee

I feel that Kristina’s workshops are incredibly helpful. She teaches people how to view life’s disappointments in a more compassionate light. These challenges can indeed become significant learning experiences. Kristina is an inspirational example of taking a personal setback and using it to empower herself. Most importantly, she cares about the healing process and will share her resources for healing. I totally connect with her because her delivery is so down-to-earth, warm, and intuitive. I’m still reaping the benefits of her wisdom and guidance! Thank you Kristina! – Larie Hwang

After attending Using Your Freedom to Create the Life of Your Dreams] I gained a new realization and appreciation for my pure potential and resources.
– Ruth


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Linda K. Waters


Professional Image: The 3 key components and how to use them to reach your goals
Networking 123: Tips for mastering in-person and online networking with confidence
Finding Your Passion: Discovering your “best fit” career, and making money at it
Today’s Job Search Strategies- finding your place in today’s job market


After 20 years working in a corporate environment, Linda transformed her career and her life by creating Back to Business LLC, a firm dedicated to helping moms return to the world of work. She is a career consultant, and has a passion for helping people develop the self- awareness, confidence and real- world tools to successfully identify and reach their goals.
Linda has developed a clear, 6- step process to guide anyone wanting to re-enter the workforce or transition careers to success.

Her business has recently grown to provide career direction and effective job search strategies to college-aged students as well.

An accomplished business leader and presenter, she co- hosts a local TV show called “You’re Hired”, and speaks regularly to academic, professional and corporate audiences on career-related topics.
Linda has recently been named the recipient of her region’s Athena Award.


Linda takes a unique approach to the job search, combining her own corporate experience as a working Mom, her experience negotiating flexible work arrangements, and a blend of career- related certifications to provide a unique step- by- step process which effectively helps women make positive career changes.

Rave Reviews

You can view testimonials to the effectiveness of Linda’s programs on LinkedIn at:


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Peter Marx


Resume Writing for Military Veterans
Job Search Assistance for Military Veterans


I’m Peter Marx, your GIJobCoach . “I Write Resumes For Veterans”. I am a Certified Job and Career Transition Coach, hold a Bachelor of Science in Resource Development, and my work has been published in the JIST publisher series of “Expert Resumes”, including “Military to Civilian Transition.” I am a member of the Career Masters Alliance and a Patron Member of the National Military Family Association. I’m an expert on Military Skills Conversion, which is a must if you want to translate “military speak” to civilian English on your resume.


I’m the Founder and Principal of GIJobCoach. I serve Veteran clients of all branches and ranks who are in transition from military careers to the full range of civilian jobs for which military service has prepared them. Whether a first termer, mid-level manager, senior professional or career changer, I can help you present yourself to employers in resume language they’ll understand.
I can assist you with veteran specific information on resume writing and job search. I have over 16 years experience as a Transition Assistance Program Manager for the Department of Defense. If you have any questions or concerns about your transition from military to civilian life, feel free to ask me at

Rave Reviews

Your help on my resume got my foot in the door of 4 financial companies. I was in negotiations with them, plus another company seeking my management skills (another resume you helped me with) and a government job when I received a call for an interview with the government job. I got the government position! So, thanks for all your help. I have since helped several folks I know here at the Pentagon with their resumes, using your techniques, although certainly not near the level that you provided to me…
LtCol Mark”

I want to express my sincere gratitude for the help I received from Mr. Peter Marx in helping me with my resume. I was overwhelmed by his expertise. I have been unemployed and looking for a job for over a year and half. With the help he provided I am confident I will land a job soon. His knowledge and expertise are extraordinary. I can not begin to express my gratitude….thank you, thank you, and thank you!!! Sincerely, Sgt Shirley

I want you to know that I just got a job offer this afternoon. It is with the Social Security Administration. It’s a GS-7 step 1, and then in 1 year I get promoted to GS-8 or 9 and have the possible opportunity for a GS-11 in a year or two after that. I was hoping for a GS-9, but I’m just happy to get into the system.Thank you again Peter, you were just so helpful in helping me get a job. Sgt Shirley


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Robin Schlinger


Resume Writing Expert: For a Resume Presentation which will Add Value and Get You the Interview go to
Business Plans: To develop business plans which will grow and focus your business go to
Speaking Topics: Resume Writing, Developing Client Worksheets, Using O*Net (podcast to be published on O*Net)
Federal Job Search and Resumes
How to Prepare to Create a Great Resume


Robin owns Robin’s Resumes® (, adding value to her client’s career marketing presentation to get them the interview. As one of the recognized leaders in the industry, Robin has earned 3 key certifications – Certified Advanced Resume Writer (CARW), Certified Professional Resume Writer (CFRW) and Certified Federal Resume Writer (CFRW). Based on her excellent writing skills, she has been selected to judge selected to judge the TORI™ (Toast of the Resume Industry) Awards for Career Directors International (CDI) since 2007 and CDI’s First Annual “World’s Best Resume Writer Competition” for 2008. She increased her ability to help clients by attending a Five Day Workshop on “What Color is Your Parachute?” led by Richard Nelson Bolles.

Prior to her transition to Resume Writing 7 years ago, Robin had success as an award-winning Senior Process, Development and Quality Engineer, managing multi-million dollar projects for Mobil Chemical, ABB and Brown and Williamson Tobacco. She designed, contracted and built pilot plant and laboratory installations; developed justification for a $6M factory retrofit; saved $11M annually with just $2M investment and developed and implemented optimization improvements at ethylene plants. Senior Directors and VPs consulted with her on new business development programs. As a Planning Analyst, developed 5-year strategic financial and operational plans for a $100M division.

Robin was awarded two patents. Robin earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a minor in Writing.

Robin is the VP for Communications for the MIT Club of Atlanta and the MIT Class of 1978 Agent. Robin was Secretary for the Middle Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Quality for five years. She also was selected as one of the 28 most outstanding young leaders of a 100,000-person worldwide organization.


Robin Schlinger, owner of Robin’s Resumes® is a recognized Resume Writing Expert. She has earned 3 key certifications – Certified Advanced Resume Writer (CARW), Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Certified Federal Resume Writer (CFRW). Robin focuses on adding value to her client’s resume presentation – showing how their skills and accomplishments will help a potential employer – to get them the interview. Robin has experience helping a broad range of clients and is considered an Industry Expert in Federal, Military Transition, Information Technology, Executive, Scientific and Aviation resumes. She has written successful SES packages for hundreds of clients.

Based on her excellent writing and editing skills, Robin has been selected to judge the TORI™ (Toast of the Resume Industry) Awards for CDI yearly since 2007 and judged CDI’s First Annual “World’s Best Resume Writer Competition” in 2008. She recently increased her ability to help clients by attending a Five Day Workshop on “What Color is Your Parachute?” led by Richard Nelson Bolles.

Robin has been writing resumes since 2001, starting out as a contract resume writer for some of the leading resume writing organizations in the United States. In 2006, she started own company, Robin’s Resumes® (, to further help job candidates bring value to their career marketing packages. When Robin writes resumes, she draws upon her broad knowledge gained during her 20-years leadership experience as a Senior Chemical Engineer, Quality Engineer, Business Planner and Computer Simulation Applications Engineer, saving millions of dollars for Fortune 500 company bottom lines. Robin earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Writing from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Rave Reviews

“Robin went above and beyond the call of duty to produce a resume that will improve my chances. I am glad that I had the opportunity to work with her, would recommend her to other similar candidates and would use her again to refine my professional resume.” M.W., Senior Engineering Manager

“Robin: Thank you again for my resume, I liked the format and the presentation is very professional. When we talked before and I mentioned I had another service write my resume (which I was not satisfied with). I also have attended several career seminars. I’m excited to try out my new and revised resume.” J.L., Respiratory Technician

“I thought Robin did a fantastic job with my resume. I would and have highly recommended her to peers and friends looking for new employment opportunities. I appreciate all of Robin’s help with my resume and feel confident as I begin my search for a new career!” P.B., Director

“Wow! I am so excited to read my resume. This is great – I would hire me!” E.N., IT Professional

“I am very pleased with my Federal Resume. I will recommend Robin to others looking to transition to Federal positions.” C.H., Emergency Management Specialist

“Robin was great! The service was fast, easy and high quality. A+” J.S., CEO

“Robin gets an A!” E.F., Head of Planning, Global Telecommunications organization

“Robin, you are fabulous! What an excellent job! Got me another interview! I will definitely use your services again.” R.B., Juris Doctor

“Robin did a tremendous job.” G.B.


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Shirley Bliss


Over five years of professional career services to community college students
CPCC-Certified Professional Career Coach
CPRW-Certified Professional Resume Writer
CEIP-Certified Employment Interview Professional


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