Susan M. Thompson – Managing Director
Susan Thompson is a Career and Job Search Management Consultant with a background that includes more than 25 years experience as a professional facilitator and career counselor in government and corporate outplacement settings. She has developed extensive expertise aiding federal workforces affected by downsizing, privatization and installation closure. She presents transition seminars across the United States and overseas and provides individual and e-Delivery career counseling.
For the Government, she delivers vocational counseling, transition assistance seminars, change management and organizational design support to a diverse client base including U.S. military, their family members and federal civilians with a wide range of work skills. Training sites include military installations across the United States, the Capitol Region, Quantico, VA and in Europe and the Pacific.
For Corporate Outplacement clients, she assists their displaced employees in the full range of career management actions following job loss. Her private industry specializations are defense, aircraft maintenance and manufacturing, insurance, financial services, energy, oil and gas, communications, medical, retail and logistics and supply chain services.
She has a graduate degree in Educational and Vocational Counseling, complemented by additional training and certification in an array of personality and career assessment instruments including MBTI, Strong Interest Inventory, Self-Directed Search and corporate certification in the Birkman Method.
With over 30 years of experience in Corporate America in Training, Career Development, Operations Management, Change Management and Outplacement Transition support, Stephen brings to his role as Coach and Consultant the expertise of a seasoned specialist who is known for his exceptional ability to help clients connect to the services, resources and processes that will best support them in the identification and pursuit of their career and life goals.
Stephen has provided career and job search services to Senior officers and enlisted personal from our Military community as they transition from their military careers into the into the civilian sector. He has also supported a wide and diverse range of clients in the civilian sector from “C” level executives, to managers, support staff and entry level line workers in the civilian sector .
A Cum Laude graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas with a BA in Sociology and post-grad work in Sociology and Psychology. He continues study and research into several areas of specialization, and has also been trained and certified in the use and interpretation of numerous career, life-planning, personality and communications assessments.
Kymberli Speight is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. She served 5 years active duty and 6 years in the reserves and separated as a Major from the U.S. Air Force.
She is a Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC) who has worked with many separating military members and civilian clients transitioning to their next career opportunity. She has coached clients in business start-up and business to business (B2B) strategies. Prior to coaching, Kymberli was an executive recruiter for Zingaro & Company in the life science and healthcare industry. She also worked for the Vice President of Client Services at Catapult Health, a start-up company, with initial staffing and training.
She served on the Board of Advisors for Chadwick’s Fitness & Performance Training during its expansion from a 2,500 square foot business park space to a 20,000 square foot state of the art training complex. Kymberli has a strong background in contract negotiations. As an active duty officer, she was the buyer for the fiscal year 1991 annual year buy of the Air Force’s F-15E fighter jet.
Kymberli has developed a passion for helping military members make a smooth transition into the civilian sector based on her first-hand experience with career transitions, having moved every 2-3 years herself in support of the Air Force mission and as the spouse of a retired Air Force Colonel.
Sharon McCone, Consulting Campaign Director
General Officer Training Assistance (GOTAP) Team Leader
Sharon is a connector, a communicator, coach, catalyst and closer. She is a Certified Master Coach, Executive Recruiter, Diversity Advocate and transitioning Uniformed Services enthusiast. She was listed in, Rites of Passage at 100,000+ The Insider’s Lifetime Guide to Executive Job-Changing and Faster Career Progress, by John Lucht, as one of the nation’s top 1% Retained Search Executives.
Sharon’s servant leadership style has been tapped by previous employers, including Fortune #1 Walmart Stores, Inc. in the Washington DC office and Corporate Affairs and Government Relations departments, executive director roles in nonprofit training and development organizations, as an entrepreneur Recruiter and Coach and in service with indigenous populations in South America. She has served on bi-partisan workforce advisory committees for governors and mayors.
With a passion for empowering all individuals to realize their full potential, she has spoken at numerous local, state, national and international conferences. Sharon served on the Diversity Committee of the American Society of Association Executives and as a mentor for the Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) and in the Washington DC Board of Trade. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors or Board of Advisors of the Hispanic Women’s Professional Association, Alcanzando Metas Foundation, HOPE Cancer Resources and PolicyWorks, Inc. She serves as a mentor with the College to Careers (C2C) program, a Kessler Foundation-funded initiative that aims to improve the employment rate of college graduates with disabilities who have a bachelor’s degree or higher and the National Professional Women’s Association.
Sharon brings clarity on the for-profit perspective of “doing well by doing good” and guides you toward potential employment opportunities in the global corporate, trade association and nonprofit markets.
Fred Coon, CEO
Stewart, Cooper & Coon, Inc.
Fred Coon is Chairman and CEO of Stewart, Cooper & Coon. He is a volunteer for the Wounded Warrior program and a founding member of the Arizona Corporate Council On Veteran Careers. He has participated as a guest co-instructor for ETAP and CTAP workshops at the following AFB or Joint Command bases: Shaw, Peterson, Hulburt, Elmendorf-Richardson, Edwards, Langley, and Barksdale. He loves the ability to work with the classes hands-on at the bases and is very proud of having been coined seven times. He is a strong advocate for veterans and their military spouses. Fred says that one of the crowing achievements in his career is to be the selected provider for the General Officer Transition Assistance (GOTAP) workshops for the United States Air Force, through a sub-contract with Flatter, Inc.
His career encompasses decision-making experience and documented successes in both the government and private sectors. In the private sector, Fred was on the senior team of two companies, in different industries, that were listed multiple times in, Inc. Magazine, in the top 500 fastest growing companies in America. One of those years his company was listed as the most profitable among the Inc 500.