• I began working with Emily in order to explore potential new career opportunities. It evolved into a deeper, more meaningful journey that allowed me to understand myself better and gain a deeper level of self confidence. Emily is skilled at identifying opportunities to guide you down a path that will truly benefit you, all the while checking in with you to make sure it is working for you. She effortlessly creates a safe and comfortable space to do the necessary work. With Emily there is no shortage of 'real talk', practical tips and a network of contacts and recommendations she is happy share. By the end of our time together, I had been promoted to a new role with broader responsibility and my personal horizons had been expanded in multiple ways, all thanks to her.
    - Shelley A., Business Manager
  • The morning of my last session with The Collective Academy, I could not help but think about the parallels between my bike ride along Lake Michigan every morning and my journey as a member of the group. I entered the group full of energy and passion in the same way as I had begun countless jobs, projects, and initiatives throughout my career. Just a few weeks later it struck me that this excitement had not yet tailed off, but was actually growing even stronger. That stood in sharp contrast to everything I had ever experienced; the normal cycle went something along the lines of passion, excitement, less excitement, frustration, apathy, re-invigoration, more frustration, anger, eventual disengagement. The Collective Academy led me to success and happiness.
    - Ben Dekker, Owner, Bishops
  • "Working with The Collective Academy was an incredible, transformational experience for me. I am not only going back to school to pursue a career as a therapist, I have developed a strong network of individuals who care about me and my future success. And who I can always lean on for advice, support, or even a good laugh! I think if you are someone looking to improve yourself both professionally and personally The Collective Academy is the place for you. I credit them for helping me see my true potential and the importance of following your dreams. I will always look back upon my experience with a giant smile."
    - Abby Pfeiffer, Communications Manager, McCormick Foundation

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We know how powerful community can be when someone is considering a career pivot, change or transition. We become more brave, more convicted and more successful. Our Career Exploration programs, including The Collective and The Align Weekend, create a safe and strategic space to do the work you need to do – together – to get unstuck.

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