Consultant Profile

Sheryl A. Odentz, M.A., Ed.M., CCC

Sheryl A. Odentz, M.A., Ed.M., CCC

Company/Organization: Progress in Work LLC
Location:
60 East 42nd Street
Suite 4000
New York, New York USA
Phone: (212) 532-6670
Clients Served: Adults, Leaders

Focus

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As the Founder and President of Progress in Work, a career management counseling and coaching firm established in 2001, I specialize in supporting lawyers through career transitions and leadership development, having counseled thousands, while also assisting hundreds of other high-level professionals. Whether you are navigating a career transition or seeking to grow professionally, my focus is on providing tailored career guidance and psychological support to maximize career success.

On career transitions, I have observed that many lawyers embark on their professions without sufficient self-exploration, leading to eventual dissatisfaction. To address this issue, I have developed “The Lawyer’s Career Crossroads Program.” This program is a structured series of assessments and exercises that integrates self-reflection, discussions, and practical job search skills. Whether you are changing practice areas, returning to work, exploring alternatives, or contemplating a complete shift, the program empowers you to make well-informed decisions. It’s ideal for any lawyer uncertain about their career path.

The Career Crossroads Program is like The Lawyer’s Career Crossroads Program and is ideal for anyone at a crossroads in their career and feeling stuck in a rut, or just starting out in their career and feeling like they have chosen the wrong career path. It is also ideal for college students who are unclear about which career to pursue, such as whether to become a lawyer, a profession in which I have unparalleled experience.

For those interested, I offer a trial package of three sessions for both programs. The first session focuses on your background and goals, while sessions two and three include the Highlands Ability Battery assessment and a brief interest inventory. If you find the trial helpful, we seamlessly transition into the full program, which includes additional assessments, exercises, and discussions aimed at realizing your career aspirations.

Experience

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Prior to founding Progress in Work, I held leadership positions in both career transition & outplacement coaching and sales & marketing at several Fortune 500 companies including the HR management consulting firm called The Empower Group (a subsidiary of Manpower). I was a pioneer in the legal outplacement field and co-created the legal outplacement division of King, Chapman, Broussard & Gallagher, which was a re-engineering, executive coaching, and outplacement firm. I also worked in the legal recruiting field for Elaine P. Dine, where I learned about resources available to lawyers seeking employment. I began my career in sales & marketing working in account management for SSC&B Lintas Worldwide (one of the advertising agencies of the Interpublic Group, one of the world’s largest advertising conglomerates) and Group W. Satellite Communications.

Education and Certifications

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I graduated with honors from Columbia University’s Psychological Counseling Program (M.A., Ed.M.) specializing in Business and Industry. I received my undergraduate degree from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance (B.Mus.) with an emphasis on opera. I am a Certified Career Counselor (CCC), designated by the National Career Development Association (NCDA). I received additional training in executive coaching from iCoachNY, which is ICF approved. I participated in the NYC Bar Career Counseling Referral Program for several years. I am Women in Law Empowerment Forum’s (WILEF) endorsed career management coach. I hold certifications in a variety of career and work assessments.