I can’t wait for you to meet Mary Eileen Williams, M.A., NCCC! I had the pleasure of sharing lunch with Eileen (she goes by her middle name) last week when I was visiting Berkeley, and I’ve got to tell you, she is one of the most bubbly, positive, makes-you-feel-good-about-yourself people I’ve ever met. She described for me the dynamic method she uses to help us think through our mental roadblocks and identify – with stunning clarity – our wants, our strengths, and ultimately our best paths in life. I’m very excited about learning from her in our Monday afternoon workshop – Take Action & Make It Happen!” She’ll be sitting on the panel of this workshop at both our East Coast and West Coast retreats.
Eileen holds a master’s degree in career development, is a nationally board certified career counselor, and has twenty plus years’ of experience working with midlife career changers. Through her presentations, workshops, and writing, she guides people in transition to redirect and reignite their passion for work and provides them with the practical tools they’ll need to find a job they love.
To these ends, she wrote Land the Job You Love: 10 Surefire Strategies for Jobseekers Over 50. This book/workbook is designed as a personal outplacement manual and shows mature applicants how to identify their values and talents and market their skills with confidence. Readers learn best practices to successfully navigate today’s difficult job market and are provided with action steps and fill-in-the-blank exercises. The result is a comprehensive, straightforward guide where job seekers can go at their own pace and customize the information to meet their specific needs.
Eileen is an active contributor to the Huffington Post, writing job search articles for Huff/Post 50. She also makes frequent appearances on both radio and TV and has been interviewed for Market Watch, Money Magazine, and several other national and international publications.
Most of all, Eileen is proud to claim membership in the sisterhood of baby boomer women and believes our generation is “transforming the spirit and style of aging.” In fact, she chose this as the motto for her boomer-centric blog and radio show—both named Feisty Side of Fifty. Eileen believes that women of maturity, fortified by the physical and emotional changes of menopause, need to follow nature’s call and return to our SELVES. As she puts it:
We’ve more than earned the right to celebrate the perks of age, recharge our flower power, and become the feisty old gals boomers were destined to be: audacious, bodacious, and bold!