I’m Cathy Goodwin, the person you call when you need…
… objective insight for making a critical career decision when you’ve come to a fork in the road (such as choosing which offer to accept, starting a business or returning to school)
… opportunities to brainstorm about a complex situation in office politics or business
… experienced guidance for a job search, a career crisis or a complete career change (including a move to self-employment)
“Who says you’ve got the goods?”
I’ve been interviewed as a career and relocation “expert” by radio stations and newspapers (including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, KQED San Francisco, Boardroom, the Denver Post, Billings (MT) Gazette, Matt and Ramona Show and USA Today Online). I was the Relocation Expert in Samantha Ettus’s best-selling 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do and featured quoted in Developmental Psychology (2005), a Prentice-Hall college textbook. My own book, Making the Big Move (originally published by New Harbinger 1999) is now available for download. Check me out on Amazon — I’ve got other kindle books there too.
“What’s it like to work with you?”
My clients say things like, “I’m so glad I found you” and, “You really got to the heart of the matter.” They say I’m informal and direct. Most people feel comfortable talking with me but even more important, they like getting fast results instead of signing up for long programs.
Yes, I have them! I hold an MBA from U of Penn’s Wharton School and a PhD in marketing from UC Berkeley. I love research and published a slew of academic journal articles, including several on life transition. It’s probably no accident that many of my clients have graduate degrees or the equivalent in business experience.
“Most surprising facts?”
“My own career has been a mosaic of academia, corporate America, and self-employment.
“I am living proof that people can change and grow throughout their lives. For example, as a child, I never watched sports, let alone got on the playing field myself. Now I am dedicated to fitness and am an avid fan of sports, especially women’s hoops. And after a lifetime as a cat person, I got my first dog in 1998.”
“I read voraciously and devour murder mysteries. I take ceramics and improv classes and volunteer as a historical tour guide in Philadelphia. Musical tastes range from classical country (Hank Williams Sr., Willie Nelson and George Jones) to classical (Mozart, Beethoven and Dvorak) with not much in between.
“If you name a place you live, chance are I’ve been there. I’ve lived all over North America, including Canada and Alaska. I was born in New York City and still think of The City as home. Although I haven’t lived there for years, people tell me I still have that New York energy.
“I do not have a favorite color, song or movie.”
“My favorite place to live is wherever I happen to be right now. Since 2001 I’ve lived in Silver City (New Mexico), Seattle and Philadelphia. I do not plan to move.”
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