Lanie Damon

Since 2008 I have worked part time as a Career Specialist at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), counseling undergraduate students in career choice and changing majors. Meanwhile I am currently expanding my private practice which focuses on mid-career adults who are seeking either to change careers or to improve their enjoyment and productivity in current positions. I use The Highlands Ability Battery as my primary assessment instrument in that work, coupled with the orientation to Health Realization. As a career changer myself, I draw on my background in for profit, not for profit, education and government, with experience in organizations and companies ranging from small privately owned businesses to the federal government.

I facilitate the teleseminar portion of The Oxford Program Career Change Bootcamp and offer coaching services to individuals in The Oxford Program, which draws on the earlier work of The Highlands Company, formerly The Highlands Program.

More than two decades in the work force have grounded me with broad experience. I have worked with individuals, governing boards and small groups in capacities including coach, facilitator, contributor and counselor. Throughout my career my love of small group process has been a constant thread, from teaching junior high school and undergraduates to facilitating and training in the corporate world. For more than fifteen years I have been a consultant in the practice of career management and development, counseling individuals as they navigate personal transitions and facilitating small groups in institutional and organizational change. As an independent practitioner I have worked in the not-for-profit sector as a facilitator, speaker and consultant. I am comfortable counseling and coaching in person and employing distance methods (email and phone).

In the spring of 2002 I completed an 18-month internship in the principles of Health Realization, an understanding of our human psychological and spiritual foundations that has been applied in myriad settings around the world. The orientation of innate health is grounded our capacity to thrive in environments of constant change and our being resilient, creative contributors to the workplace and to the planet. Health Realization looks to the psychological and spiritual health in our individual lives and points to innate well-being and wholeness. As I work with individuals and groups I identify those elements of health and well-being.

This orientation to health and wholeness enables me to assist individuals as they examine the entirety of their lives, not just the job or career portion, which was my original concentration in counseling. My own background and search, including corporate sales, teaching and training, as well as career development, counseling and coaching, prepare me to work with clients as they are seeking greater meaning and fulfillment in their lives. I have been a chameleon in my own right, having reinvented myself in multiple careers. My greatest professional and personal satisfaction is in helping others in their process of finding or creating meaning in their lives.

I have experience in the not-for-profit world of education, as well as the for-profit world of education; and in the securities industry, working for global companies; as well as with privately-held, tightly managed entrepreneurial ventures. As a contractor, consultant and practitioner, I piece together various functions into the fabric that is the whole of what I do, currently described in the career press as having a "portfolio career."

My Master of Science is in Secondary Education with a specialty in Counseling, and I hold a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a concentration in Common Learnings, both earned from the University of Kansas. I am certified as a Career Management Practitioner (CMP) and to interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and The Highlands Ability Battery (THAB), as well as to offer The Coaching Clinic. I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Georgia.

For more than ten years I have been a participant in the Great Decisions program of the Georgia Council for International Visitors and a member of the International Business Women's Network when it was active. The last several years I have hosted international AIDS medical professionals selected for the Hubert Humphrey Fellows program at Emory University. Additionally, I am a member of the American Counseling Association, the National and Georgia Career Development Associations; and the Association of Career Professionals, International.

I welcome your comments and reflections. Please be in touch with me by phone or email.

(678) 665-4001 (cell)

Lanie Damon