This is a list of Minnesota career counselors and coaches; each is a current member of the Minnesota Career Development Association. Although MCDA cannot endorse any private practitioners, the Board has agreed to provide this list as a service to the public and to its members.


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Career Coach Directory


NAME: Kim Bartels, Ph.D.
TITLE/COMPANY: Bartels Executive Coaching
CREDENTIALS: Ph.D. in Psychology, with a specialization in Counseling Psychology. 20 years of experience as a Management Consultant and Executive Coach focused on Leadership Development and Career Transitions. Expertise in Women’s Leadership Development and Assessment of Strengths and Leadership Skills. Qualified to use and interpret the StrengthsFinder, Hogan Assessments, CPI, 360 Feedback, MBTI, and other tools.
PHONE: 612-759-5627
LOCATION: Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN, and all of North America via phone coaching.
CLIENTS: Most of my clients are mid- to late-career executive women and female leaders wanting to enhance their leadership and career success and satisfaction. Clients include women of color and people who identify as LGBTQIA+, non-binary, or gender non-conforming.
SERVICES: I offer individual coaching / counseling and an outside perspective, to help people better manage their careers and lead with more confidence, emotional intelligence, and effectiveness. Key topics include increasing self-awareness; making career decisions; communicating; negotiating and seeking promotions; leading self; leading others; networking; building relationships; and moving forward after job loss. I do NOT provide basic job search, resume, or cover letter services.

NAME: Christine Giefer Bartley, M.A.
TITLE/COMPANY: Career Coach and Owner, Career Leap Coaching, LLC
CREDENTIALS: Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota with an emphasis on career coaching.  Member of Twin Cities Human Resources Association and currently employed in the HR division of a Fortune 50 company in the Twin Cities. Also currently teach career development courses at the University of Minnesota.
PHONE: 651-247-4372
LOCATION: St. Paul and serve clients throughout the Twin Cities metro
SERVICES: Self-assessment, networking, resumes, cover letters, interviewing techniques, professionalism, transition from student to professional
AUDIENCE: Individuals seeking a new job, whether it’s experienced professional, recent college grads, or students (high school and college)

NAME: Mary E. Berg
TITLE / COMPANY: Mary Berg, Resume Writer and Career Coach
CREDENTIALS: M.A. in Education from the University of Minnesota with an emphasis on Career and Vocational Education
PHONE: 952-212-6632
LOCATION: Twin Cities Metro Area
CLIENTS: Recent graduates as well as individuals in early or mid-to-late career, especially those in career transition. I provide deep listening skills, finding work themes, and the ability to edit and revise a resume to reflect your worth and value to a company.
SERVICES: Career coaching and resume writing.

NAME: Kay Blassingame
TITLE / COMPANY: Cedarwood Counseling
CREDENTIALS: LPC, Masters in Counseling. Over 10 years experience as career counselor and certified to offer MBTI, Strong Interest Inventory and other assessments. Business owner for over 20 years.
CLIENTS: Individuals in all career phases, post retirement, and those returning to the job market after an absence. Individuals adjusting to American workplace customs. All backgrounds are welcome.
SERVICES: I specialize in supporting positive change for clients experiencing workplace issues and coping with toxic relationships and difficult environments. I help those who wish to explore ways to stay and improve their situation or make a transition. If that is the case, I assist with exploration, job search strategies, resume and cover letter writing, preparation for interviewing and salary negotiation. EAP and insurance coverage may be used in some instances.

NAME: Tom Colosimo
TITLE / COMPANY: Career Architect | Colosimo Career Consulting   
CREDENTIALS/Experience: 20 years as a corporate accountant within 3 industries, 6 years of recruiting experience and 10 years of career coaching/advising.  Consolidated experience that brings together a powerful blend of corporate insights with recruiting expertise to provide superior career advising and job search strategies. 
PHONE: 612-386-3715
CLIENTS: Experience working with over 1,000 clients ages 16 – 65 with focuses in Accounting, Finance, Marketing, HR, Project Management, IT and Engineering.
SERVICES: Provide strategic career planning thru one-on-one coaching sessions to gain focus and understanding of job searching or career changing tactics. Develop job search or career focus action plan by gaining understanding of interests, skills, and values. Additional processes and activities involve strong networking strategies with business connections and recruiters depending on career focus.  Learn the process of successful networking with other professionals for researching and career changing and job placement.

NAME: Elizabeth Craig
TITLE / COMPANY: President, Master Career and Job Search Strategist / ELC Global
CREDENTIALS: Master of Business Administration; NCDA Master Career Development Professional; Global Career Development Facilitator Instructor; Distance Credentialed Facilitator; Career Fitness Professional.
PHONE: 952-944-1759
LOCATION: Minneapolis, MN
CLIENTS: Mid-Career Transition, Business Professionals, Executives, Encore Careers, Young Professionals, Job Seekers.
SERVICES: Customized career planning and coaching support: Career Assessments/Tests, Action Steps, Resume Writing, Networking, Interviewing.

NAME: Cindy Edwards, MA ACC (in progress)
TITLE / COMPANY: Career Counselor and Facilitator, Find Your Fit, LLC
CREDENTIALS: M.A. Human Resource Development, Career Development, Certified Myer’s Briggs Professional (MBTI, Strong, CPI), Certified 360 Reach Personal Branding Analyst, ACC -ADHD Coaching (in progress)
PHONE: 612-325-1216
LOCATION: Minneapolis, St. Paul and Southern Suburbs
CLIENTS: Unemployed and Employed: Adults, Recent Graduates, College Students, and High School Students. Expertise in IT (Infrastructure and Application Development), Interactive Online Web Development, Advertising, Marketing (all occupations), Health Care, Manufacturing, Sales, Finance, Training and Development, and Human Resources.
SERVICES: Career Assessment & Exploration, Personal Branding, Resume Writing, Networking, Job Search Planning, Interviewing, Career Performance Management, ADHD Counseling.

NAME: Denise Felder
TITLE / COMPANY: Career Advisor & Presenter, DeniseMpls Career Services
CREDENTIALS: Poverty Awareness Coach (Communications Across Barriers), Offender Job Retention Specialist (National Institute of Corrections), Best Counseling or Professional Development Coach (Black Twin Cities), Marty Dockman Merit Award (MCDA), Mentor of the Year (WAND/EAC).
PHONE: 612-875-9710
WEBSITE: http://
LOCATION: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
CLIENTS: Young adults, underemployed adults, career changers, uniquely dedicated to helping underrepresented populations to make informed career decisions.
SERVICES: Discovering your Professional Identity (passions, branding and goal setting); Building your Professional Community (networking); career coaching; personal and career assessments; group workshops.

NAME: Nancy Fraasch
TITLE/COMPANY: Nancy Fraasch Consulting, Career Coach
CREDENTIALS: Masters of Business Administration degree, BS in Vocational Education. Attained the status of Career Management Practitioner (CMP) from the Institute of Career Certification International. Certified MBTI assessment administrator.
PHONE: 763-300-7500
LOCATION: Minneapolis/St. Paul area
CLIENTS: Supporting individual job seekers in all levels including executives, managers, technical professionals, sales, and administrative personnel.  Experience includes working with mature workers, mid-life career/job changers, high school students, and college students/new professionals. Coaching and supporting individuals and groups in career-related areas.
SERVICES: Formal and informal assessment/career direction, resume development, job search strategies, LinkedIn, interviewing and negotiation skills.

NAME: Connie Hauer
TITLE / COMPANY: Owner/Career Advisor CareerPro Services
CREDENTIALS: Bachelor’s in Community Psychology, Graduate Coursework in Human Relations, Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP), Published in Gallery of Best Resumes, Gallery of Best Cover Letters, No-Nonsense Job Interviews, and an ongoing contributor to JobDig.
PHONE: 320-260-6569
CLIENTS: Generalist serving all career levels and occupations.
SERVICES: Career Transitions, Practice Interviews, Resume & Cover Letter Development, Job Search Strategies.

NAME: Paul Johnson
PHONE: 715-222-1125
SERVICES: 1:1 coaching, Group coaching, Workshops and training
I work with social activists and nonprofit professionals who are experiencing burnout. I help them to create a sustainable approach to their work; one that balances work and rest. My clients learn stress management techniques and develop routines that prioritize self-care into their day. I am also a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach; my clients take the CliftonStrengths assessment and learn about how to lean on their strengths as a way to ensure they are doing work that energizes them and uses their talents.

NAME: Janice Linden Kalin, Ph.D.
TITLE / COMPANY: JLK & Associates
CREDENTIALS: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Licensed Psychologist, with over 30 years of experience in counseling and consulting in higher education and business settings. Certified in all assessment tools such as the Strong, Hogans, CPI and many others.
PHONE: 612-385-7654
LOCATION: Minneapolis, MN
CLIENTS: Young adults to baby boomers. College students, college grads, people unhappy with current job situation, those thinking of making a career change or getting back into a career after an absence. Anyone who feels stuck, uncertain or unhappy with their current situation.
SERVICES: Guidance through a process of career exploration and self-assessment.  Help you to evaluate your interests, skills, values and goals for the future, personal barriers that may hinder career satisfaction and the reality of the job market.  Interviewing, resume writing and networking.

TITLE/COMPANY: Grow it Forward, LLC
CREDENTIALS: MSW, Med with concentration in Human Resource Development, BA in Psychology.  Internal consultant for three corporations: US West, Wells Fargo, and Medtronic.  Fifteen years in independent practice specializing in emotional well-being, relationships, and workplace consulting and coaching for leadership, career, and team development.  Experienced in multiple individual, career, and team assessments.
PHONE: 651-389-4412
LOCATION: Arden Hills, Twin Cities Metro Area.
CLIENTS: Business and professional men and women.  Early, Middle or Encore Career transitions and growth.
SERVICES: Face to face or phone coaching for individuals seeking a positive psychology approach to career transition or development, performance enhancement, growing into new roles and higher responsibilities, dealing with stress, complexity, and change, and work-life balance and well-being.  I also offer leadership team coaching.

NAME: Freda Marver
TITLE / COMPANY: Begin Again Coaching
CREDENTIALS: Has coached hundreds of clients and been voted a Favorite Career / Life Coach by Minnesota Women’s Press. Interviewed by national ( and local media (WCCO, KSTP, Minnesota Monthly magazine.) BS in psychology, MBA, professional coach certification.
PHONE: 612-922-4952
LOCATION: Most local clients prefer to meet face-to-face at my St. Louis Park office. Also work via Skype or phone with clients around the country.
CLIENTS: Men / women at all levels of their careers from strongly established to just starting to starting over. My clients are bright, motivated, and they value continued growth and learning.
SERVICES: Helping clients get unstuck; find career fulfillment, vitality and empowerment; gain clarity, confidence and a plan of action; deal with the fear and anxiety that are companion to courageous change.

NAME: Clara Hurd Nydam
TITLE / COMPANY: Career Consultant Clara Nydam Careers
CREDENTIALS: I earned a Masters degree from Bethel University, and am certified in 2015 as a Global Career Development Facilitator. Qualified to administer a variety of assessment tools, including, but not limited to, the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), Strong Interest Inventory, ASSESS, and ProfileXT, I focus on guiding my clients in understanding and applying their results. Before I began working full-time in career transition, I taught middle school in St. Paul and then served as a lay minister at the University of Minnesota and in churches in the Twin Cities and the Detroit, Michigan area. In 1994, I established Career Momentum, Inc. in Madison, WI and developed the company to become a CPI equity partner and the premier career transition and outplacement services company in Southcentral Wisconsin. After transitioning the company to a new owner, I relocated back to the Twin Cities, and have been providing services on a free-lance basis.
PHONE: 612-501-9003
LOCATION: Minneapolis/St. Paul area
CLIENTS: Experience working with over 3,000 clients ages 22 – 65
SERVICES: For more than 30 years, I have coached a highly diverse population, from career entrants, to mid-career professionals and executives, to retirees, in Career Exploration and Change, Job Search Strategies, LinkedIn Coach, and Advancement or Problem Solving Strategies. I am a master resume writer.

NAME: Stan Rosen
TITLE / COMPANY: Career Consultant Careerlifestyles since 2007
CREDENTIALS: 33 years as an educator specializing in Marketing and Career investigation, Masters degree from U of MN, Minnesota Marketing Educator of the Year, Minnesota Teacher of the Year Finalist.
PHONE: 612-619-3959
LOCATION: Minneapolis, MN
CLIENTS: Experience working with over 2,000 clients ages 16 – 70
SERVICES: Provide understanding of interests, skill, and values through assessments, personal consultation, career research, planning and goal setting.

NAME: Sara Wegmann
CREDENTIALS: B.A. in Psychology, MBA in Human Resources from Kellogg, with 20 years of experience interviewing and hiring talent, and coaching employees on job changes and career transitions at top companies such as Deloitte Consulting, Target, and Merrill Lynch. Certified in all assessment tools such as the Strong and MBTI.
PHONE: 224-829-7703
LOCATION: Minneapolis, MN and Edina, MN
CLIENTS: Our focus is exclusively on helping students launch their careers and land a great post-graduation job.  We work with students as early as high school, and as late as 1-2 years post college graduation.  Students have unique challenges as they work to find their career direction and learn the skills to navigate the job search process.  Our coaching approach is designed specifically for students to support them as they find their way to a great career.
SERVICES:  Career assessments and career exploration planning, informational interviewing and job shadowing support, internship search, job search strategies, resume review, interview preparation, and general career coaching for high school students, college students, and recent graduates.  We provide individual coaching as well as workshops, boot camps, and classes.

NAME: Tina Wagner, MA
TITLE/COMPANY: TMWagner Career Coaching LLC

 Extensive and broad career coaching experience from roles as a career center director at two local universities, career coach/counselor, and educator.  Have worked with adults of all ages with diverse backgrounds, education and experiences. Extensive knowledge of employment markets from working with employers in business, healthcare, government, STEM and nonprofit (social service and cultural/arts) areas. Education and certifications include, Certified Strengths Coach, and Master’s Degree with foci in counseling, human/student development and higher education.  Have taught college level career development courses for students in traditional age and adult programs, and presented countless programs and workshops for academic and career areas related to very diverse employment sectors.
LOCATION: Currently all services are provided virtually or by phone.
CLIENTS:  Adults interested in career exploration, planning, goal setting and finding career and work opportunities that fit their needs and life directions.  I have extensive experience working with individuals considering or making transitions and looking for new career areas.  Experienced in coaching new graduates to mid level professionals, women in transition, students of all ages, individuals from diverse backgrounds, individuals returning to work after being out of the job market for periods of time, and older workers considering options to change directions before or during retirement.   
SERVICES: Career coaching, career related assessments (Strengths, Myers Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory), and career planning in a holistic context of a person’s interests, experiences, needs and life circumstances.  Work with individuals on diverse job search areas including creating a professional brand, writing resumes and cover letters, LinkedIn profile development, job search and interview coaching and salary negotiations.  I offer an open, friendly and supportive space for individuals to discuss career possibilities and life circumstances to help them think positively and creatively about their dreams, purpose, vocation, work, and career goals.


Note to MCDA Members: Are you a career counselor or coach in private practice and seeking referrals? MCDA often receives inquiries for private practitioners interested in providing one-on-one services. If you would like to have your name added to our referral list, send your name, contact information, including e-mail address, list of services and audience to