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. Contact Kate Graham, Associate Director of Campus Engagement, if you're interested in learning more.

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

Kacey Cardin

Kacey Cardin, BM'04, ACCC, PCC

Kacey 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

Hallie Crawford, BS'95, MA

Hallie Crawford, BS'95, is a national career expert and has been a certified career coach, speaker and author since 2002. Her company, Create Your Career Path, is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. She is regularly featured in the media (US News, Forbes, CNN, Money magazine, WSJ) and has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Vanderbilt University and the University of Illinois. With over 2,000 success stories, her team of certified career coaches and resume writers help professionals find jobs that make them want to jump out of bed in the morning to go to work. Hallie and her team offer a free coaching consult and multiple coaching packages to fit your needs, as well as career tools and assessments.


Learn more about Hallie's team and their services at


Connect with them by calling (404) 228-6434, or by filling out their consult form.

Yanika Daniels

Yanika Daniels, BE'02, MEng

Yanika 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

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

Tiffany Franklin BA '96 serves as a recruiting manager in executive search for a national boutique firm and helps companies throughout the United States build their leadership teams (C-suite and Vice Presidents). These clients include organizations across industries from Fortune 500 companies to mid-sized and smaller VC portfolio companies. She spends hours each week reviewing LinkedIn profiles, networking, and interviewing candidates; therefore, she knows how to help you stand out to hiring managers for all the right reasons.

Prior to going into executive search, Tiffany spent a decade as a career coach advising executives and job seekers of all levels on career exploration, job search strategy, resume writing, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, interviewing, and negotiating compensation packages. She has helped clients find roles at top companies within tech, finance, consulting, engineering, transportation, healthcare, entertainment, public relations, legal, and non-profit sectors.

In addition, Tiffany devoted a significant portion of her career to guiding students as they launched their careers and worked in Vanderbilt Career Services for 7 years and in career services for an Ivy League university for 6 years. She also served as a recruiter for an international creative staffing firm, identifying candidates in mid-level roles for Comcast. 

You can listen to her podcast, Job Search Strategies with Tiffany Franklin for additional resources.

Tiffany is available for resume overhauls, mock interviews, career exploration, and career coaching for clients of all experience levels. To book a 15-minute consultation email or text her at (904) 583-1886.

You can also connect via LinkedIn.

Deb Palmer George

Deb Palmer George

As 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

Noelle Janka, BS'07

Noëlle Janka, BS'07, is a body-based career coach for social impact leaders. Noëlle helps clients clarify their vision, set meaningful goals, and enroll the support they need to score those goals, whether they want to change industries, land their next role, or launch into self-employment. She is also experienced in supporting white leaders around matters of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. 

Before becoming a coach, Noelle worked on political and environmental campaigns, managed a corporate sales team, helped start a bike advocacy non-profit, served as Recruitment Director at Green Corps, and organized educational events about the Middle East and North Africa. In addition to running her own career coaching practice for more than 8 years, she has coached associates degree students at Southern New Hampshire University and graduate students 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 King, BMus'91, MBA

Nona 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 herself 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

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Jeremy Payne

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

Founder 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

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

Rebecca Quigley is a certified coach and a dynamic facilitator with deep expertise in corporate consulting, leadership, team development, and emotional intelligence. Her optimistic attitude, warmth and intuitive style help clients achieve remarkable results, including increased clarity, powerful influence, and personal effectiveness.

Specialties: Goal-oriented, strengths-based leadership coaching for leaders at all organizational levels, coaching for teams, leadership development workshops, small group coaching, Hogan Leadership Assessment, DiSC Workplace Assessments, Enneagram Personality Assessment for Work, MBTI Personality Assessment, stakeholder interviews and 360 assessments.

Rebecca dedicates 10% of her practice to underrepresented women and women leading non-profits.


  • Vanderbilt University, BS in Human and Organizational Development
  • Northwestern University, OLCC, Certified Executive Coach
  • Cornell University, Certified, Women in Leadership: Identifying and Navigating Gender Bias
  • Chief, Executive Coach and CORE Workshop Leader (
  • Coaching for Everyone, Founding Member and Volunteer (

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Leigh Ann Roberts

Leigh Ann Roberts, PCC, J.D.

Leigh 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.