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Military & Government Transition

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.

Stephen Wright

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

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.

Fred Coon

Fred Coon is Chairman and CEO of Stewart, Cooper & Coon. He is a volunteer for the Wounded Warrior program. He participates in ETAP sessions on various military installations around the United States.

Fred has hands-on decision-making experience with two state governments, and significant experience working with Federal and State Government agencies, on behalf of the two States he represented.

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