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Career Coaches

If you are interested in one-on-one support from a career coach as you plan and navigate your professional path, please consider one of the following partners of Alumni Career Services. These career coaches offer discounts to Vanderbilt alumni and conduct their services electronically (via phone, email and/or Skype) to serve alumni anywhere.

Please note: all fees, and billing arrangements are handled between coach and client, not Vanderbilt Alumni Relations.

Kacey Cardin, BM'04, ACCC, PCC 

kacey cardinKacey Cardin, BM'04, (UT MM'08), ACCC, PCC, is an internationally-recognized Business + Life + Leadership Coach who specializes in working with multipreneurs, executives, start-ups, business-minded creatives, and creative-minded businesses. She works with clients worldwide on communication, authentic leadership, relationships, productivity, and living from passion and purpose. After working as a professional opera singer and actor for over a decade, Kacey graduated from Accomplishment Coaching in 2015, where she then served as a Mentor Coach. In addition to maintaining her private practice, Kacey works as a Mentor Coach and trainer for other coaches, and a leadership trainer/facilitator for organizations and teams. Kacey has presented seminars for non-profits, schools, women's leadership summits, and coach training programs, and she is available for speaking engagements, group coaching, training, and retreats.

Kacey's clients can be found thriving at companies including Google, Disney, NBC, some of the world's leading finance and law firms, and creating the magic behind some of your favorites films and musicals. Passionate about authenticity, creativity, and integrity, Kacey is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation, and she also produces and performs in opera, jazz, and musical theater. Kacey's coaching work is  "soul-level coaching for next level results", and she is committed to partnering with the Vanderbilt community to co-create the highest possible levels of achievement and fulfillment.

Specialties: entrepreneurship, leadership development, relationships, communication, work/life balance, well-being, executive development, team building, creativity, anxiety, productivity.

Connect: Visit for more info and to schedule a complimentary breakthrough session. Special offers available for the Vanderbilt community. 

Hallie Crawford, BS'95, MA

hallie crawfordHallie Crawford, BS’95, is a national career expert and coach, regularly featured in the media including: CNN, Wall Street Journal, Fox Business News, US News, and  Entrepreneur Magazine,  among others. Hallie and her team at offer a Free Career Strategy Session and multiple coaching packages to fit your needs, as well as free career tools and assessments.

Learn more about Hallie's team and their specialties and services .

Connect with Hallie and her team by calling (404) 228-6434, or by filling out the web form appropriate to your interest (resume and cover letter services, complimentary consultation or general inquiry).

Yanika Daniels, BE'02, MEng

Yanika DanielsYanika Daniels, BE'02, is a certified career coach with over 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors. After 10 years in the tech sector and management consulting, Yanika made a career shift to support more mission-driven organizations in education and nonprofit sectors. Fueling her passion to help individuals achieve their professional goals by cultivating the absolute best leaders, Yanika started her coaching business in 2016 where she provides thought partnership and career guidance for individuals and teams.

Yanika is a certified leadership development coach and holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Supply Chain Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also a graduate of The Broad Residency in Urban Education with a Master’s in Education Leadership.

Connect with Yanika at or book a complementary coaching assessment for Vanderbilt alum.

Specialties: Career transitions and career progression, leadership development coaching, DiSC certified facilitator and social impact sector knowledge.

Tiffany J. Franklin, BA'96, M.S. Ed.

tiffany franklin

Tiffany has dedicated her career to helping people conceptualize and implement strategies for an effective and efficient job search. Since 1998, she has worked at three university career centers (UPenn, Vanderbilt, Drexel) and spent time as a recruiter for an international creative staffing firm. In 2011, she launched a side executive career consulting practice and has advised over 1,000 global clients across industries with a significant portion working for Fortune 500 employers. About a decade later, Tiffany transitioned her side business, TJF Career Coaching LLC, into her full-time job and she launched her podcast, Job Search Strategies with Tiffany Franklin in May 2021. 

Her specialties include career exploration, job search strategy (identifying opportunities, resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, bios, mock interviews, evaluating and negotiating offers), as well as leadership development. 

Featured articles: Glassdoor article, "7 Signs You're CEO Material"; Nasdaq article, "5 Email Templates to Use When Asking for a Reference"; Fingerprint for Success article, "How to Answer 'What I Am Good At?' According to An Ivy League Coach"

Connect with Tiffany on her website to book a session.

 Deb Palmer George

deb georgeAs a facilitator, coach, and speaker, Deb’s mission is to help people connect with the best in themselves and others to achieve what matters most. She brings real-world experience to her clients from her background as an executive leading strategic planning, HR/OD, and business development. Deb combines timeless truths with today’s research in human and organization development to help her clients, individually and collectively, make the choices they need to thrive.

Deb is dedicated to helping her clients move beyond challenges, adversity, and obstacles to create meaningful goals and to achieve breakthrough results. By considering the whole system involved in an individual and an organization’s success, she guides clients through intentionally positive approaches that address even the most challenging circumstances in an appreciative way. Deb has a bachelor of science in psychology and is a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Gestalt Training Program. She holds the Appreciative Inquiry certification from CASE Western Reserve University, is a licensed affiliate of Conscious Choosing™, certified in Conversational IntelligenceⓇ and a World Café facilitator.  

Specialties and services: executive coaching, appreciative inquiry, leadership development and team building.

Connect with Deb through this web form , or by calling (615) 418-5066, for a complimentary consultation.

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Noelle Janka, BS'07

noelle jankaNoelle Janka, BS‘07, is a life and career coach who supports changemakers in up-leveling their career, health, and contribution. Noelle helps clients clarify their vision, set meaningful goals, and enroll the support they need to score those goals. With her tools, clients are able to overcome obstacles and consistently take action on their goals with ease.

Before becoming a coach, Noelle worked on political and environmental campaigns, managed a corporate sales team, helped start a bike advocacy non-profit, was Recruitment Director at Green Corps, and organized educational events about the Middle East and North Africa at Harvard Kennedy School.

Noelle offers one-on-one coaching, coaching groups, and workshops both online or over the phone, to clients all over the world.

Specialties: Career transitions, entrepreneurship, work/life balance, health challenges, LGBTGIA

Connect: Sign up for a complimentary strategy session here:

Nona King, BMus’91, MBA

Nona KingNona King, BMus'91, is a career coach for professionals looking to jumpstart or pivot in their careers. She specializes in career development, personal branding and making high-impact connections by uncovering untapped potential and providing the connections to help professionals reimagine their careers and possibilities in life. In the last year, Nona has helped her clients increase their average pay by over $40K, while landing roles they love, at companies that align with their values and goals where they can be their full authentic selves.

Early in her career, Nona found it challenging as a young woman of color climbing the corporate ladder, because she didn’t have the tools or the mentors to help guide her career. As a result, she found myself underemployed, underpaid and working in roles that were not fulfilling. Nona founded Career Catalyst Group to share her learnings and network, so others can successfully jumpstart or pivot in their career.

Nona's “why” goes beyond winning new job opportunities. She enjoys helping her clients discover who they are at their core, their talents, hidden skills and what brings them fulfillment so they can always bring the best of themselves not only to work but also in their personal lives.

Specialties & Services: early to executive level career coaching, self-discovery exploration, job search planning, personal branding, high-impact connection building, interview prep, resume optimization

Career direction consultation: Free Consultation or email

Learn More at Career Catalyst Group

Jada Carlson Loutit, BA'97, 3CP

Jada Loutit

Jada Carlson Loutit, BA’97, is a Columbia University Certified Executive Coach who is passionate about supporting and advancing clients to achieve their specific measurable goals. She combines her extensive business background with her coaching expertise to support a range of clients to develop leadership and professional skills that maximize their success.

Using evidence-based coaching methods, Jada acts as an independent, objective confidante; empowering clients to build on strengths, overcome challenges and break out of inefficient thought patterns. Jada serves a diverse mix of clients in a variety of industries, including financial services, technology, retail, nonprofit, and media. 

Jada is a member of International Coaching Federation (ICF) and Columbia Coaching Learning Association (CCLA). Additionally, Jada is certified in the Neethling Brain Instrument (NBI), a neuroscience-based assessment that measures thinking preferences. Jada is a certified graduate of Columbia University’s Coaching Program at the highest level and she holds a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University.

Specialties:  leadership development, career coaching, transition coaching, high-potential coaching, and on-boarding

Connect with Jada at  or by calling (917) 626-5842 

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Jeremy Payne, BS'00, MEd'02, Ed.D'07

jeremy payneFounder of jmp28 Coaching and Consulting, Jeremy Payne, BS’00, MEd’02, EdD’07, has built a reputation of creating environments of trust and authenticity with both individuals and groups. In his coaching practice, he is continually expanding his tools and methods to assist clients in exceeding their goals. His current specialties include career development and transitions, entrepreneurship, and productivity.

Jeremy received his doctor of education from Peabody College at Vanderbilt in 2007. When not coaching, he works as Head of People Operations at Remote Year and serves as adjunct faculty at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.

Specialties and services: career development/career transitions, entrepreneurship, productivity/goal attainment, and college student performance and development.

Connect by emailing Jeremy or by calling (704) 728-7971.

Rebecca Quigley, BS'96, Northwestern University Certified Executive Coach

Rebecca Quigley

Rebecca Quigley is the founder of Q&A Leadership Coaching for Women, a boutique firm dedicated to helping females rise and thrive in their organizations. Having worked for two decades in management consulting and information technology, primarily male driven corporate cultures, she understands the challenges, political atmosphere, and cultural nuances of large organizations struggling to fully embrace diversity and inclusion. As a management consultant, she has been witness to best practices and avoidable failures at some of the world’s largest corporations, federal government agencies and health care conglomerates.

Rebecca empathizes with women looking for their great work to be recognized, the ability to break glass ceilings, and find talented mentors. A dynamic coach and facilitator, she has deep expertise in team development, emotional intelligence and personal effectiveness. Her optimistic attitude, warmth and intuitive style help clients achieve remarkable results, including a clearer vision, greater work/life balance, and enhanced leadership.

Specialties: Strengths based leadership coaching for women at all organizational levels, Hogan leadership assessment, diversity, equity and inclusion consulting

Connect  with Rebecca at

Learn more at and visit Instagram @leadershipcoachingforwomen.

Leigh Ann Roberts, PCC, J.D.

leighann robertsLeigh Ann is an experienced executive coach in both the public and private sectors who is highly recognized as a leader and expert resource in her field. She has coached executives and individuals in many different industries, including healthcare, education, manufacturing, entertainment, government, and nonprofits. She has also been a mediator and conflict resolution and communication expert for more than 19 years and is listed as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 civil mediator. Leigh Ann is also a trainer and coach for Circle Center Consulting, LLC; Belmont University’s Center for Executive Education; and numerous speakers’ bureaus.

Learn more  about Leigh Ann’s specialties and services.

Connect with Leigh Ann to request an initial consultation by completing the web form here or calling The Circle Center at (615) 708-7220.

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