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Adele Scheele
ADELE SCHEELE, PhD, is a pioneering career coach and success strategist. She is the author of the best-selling Skills for Success for Men and Women (hailed as a classic by Harvard), Career Strategies For The Working Woman , and Launch Your Career in College. She has appeared frequently on television such as NBC’s “Today Show” and has been featured by Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Money, and Bottom Line. She won The Los Angeles Business Journal’s Making A Difference Award. She also served as the Director of the Career Center at California State University at Northridge. Her presentations reach professional associations, corporations, and universities world-wide. She presents her straight-forward, no-nonsense strategies in language everyone can readily understand. Every point she makes is grounded in experience and research and tested over time. Her theories work. The results are immediate. Adele earned her PhD at UCLA with Honors as a Change Management Fellow; her Masters at CSUN as an English Fellow; and Bachelor’s degree at The University of Pennsylvania.

Entries by Adele Scheele

A Remembrance of Reverend Robert Schuller

(2) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 2:51 PM

The Reverend Robert Schuller telephoned me following my "American Dream" segment on "Good Morning America" in the mid-1980's to invite me to guest on his "Hour of Power," the most popular televised Sunday service. Without telling me the topic, he assured me of a meaningful interview in the next two...

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How Practice Perfects Us: Ethan Hawke and Seymour Bernstein At Their Best

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 12:28 PM

Seymour: An Introduction, is an oddly titled documentary about an 88-year-old pianist, who gave up performing 37 years ago to become a teacher. Seymour Bernstein, a classical pianist, unknown to me, is now starring in a film at his late age and graces the movie stage for a Q/A session...

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The New Change Agents: From Apps to Opps

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 11:52 AM

The Centre of Social Innovation was spawned in Toronto by Eli Malinsky one decade ago to offer space and assistance for those who wanted to help create a new society by launching their enterprise. David Gise, working as a personal trainer for wealthy entrepreneurs in Manhattan, recognized its brilliance and...

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The Quest for Meaning in College

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 8:47 AM

College promises us a path to the world and an understanding of ourselves. Whether conscious of it or not, we invest our time, money, and hope to answer timeless questions: Who are we? What can we learn about the world? What do we want to do? How do we find...

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Savvier Jobs in College

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 10:42 AM

I was invited to preview a new software program designed to help community college students make it through college by focusing on their interests, their academic program, and potential careers. "Great," I thought, "right up my alley," and looked forward to viewing a program that might guide students to thrive....

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Networking for Women: A New Style

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 6:25 PM

Invitations to networking lunches in LA and dinners in NYC by Broadway producer Pat Addiss, along with her NY colleague, Magda Katz, are coveted one-time only invitations. Women are invited and must introduce themselves to each other and then continue the talk about their work. They are glad to exchange...

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Joyce Is Still Blooming

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 7:28 PM

James Joyce is blooming everywhere. New biographies have just appeared about his life as well as that of his publisher and supporter, Sylvia Beach. The novel, Ulysses, one day in the life of Leonard Bloom -- so novel then, written in 1922-- is considered one of the greatest literatures of...

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The Lessons of Jill Abramson and Barbara Walters

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 5:02 PM

It's still the Old Boys' Club that we women forget to consider when we keep trying to do our best work, ridiculously thinking that if we can only get it right, our bosses, the guys at the top, will recognize us and reward us. But since that hasn't happened, we'd...

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A Cellist in the Clouds

(5) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 2:11 PM

Exhausted, I plopped into seat 9A on JetBlue's flight from Boston back home to L.A., sick with laryngitis after leading two career seminars. A handsome man placed a large case overhead, slipped into 9B and said hello just as the pilot announced that the L.A. Philharmonic was aboard, to passengers'...

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PhD or ABD?

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 2:01 PM

At the opening of Passion, Sarah Ruhl's new, excellent play, I found myself seated next to a handsome, 30-something man and couldn't help asking him about his interest in the theater. To my delight, we shared a love of 17th century English drama. He was far advanced in his studies...

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A Writer's Dream In San Miguel

(3) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 8:59 AM

Susan Page, a white-haired charismatic beauty in a red-hot embroidered blouse and skirt, lifted her arms to embrace us, nearly 1000 of us, in the only large hotel in San Miguel de Allende. A magnificent host, she was clearly having the time of her life and urged us to follow...

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Graduating & Beginning

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 3:00 PM

You think you've aced it, completing the long list of requirements for your college's major to graduate this spring -- an accomplishment deserving big celebration. But before you pick up your cap and gown, you have another requirement -- to start figuring out what you're going to do next. Commencement...

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'Tis the Season for Grace

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 11:17 AM

One Christmas Eve, at a post-orchestra party in Brooklyn, surrounded by a cheerful group of musicians and donors, my late husband and I sat secluded on a sofa. A woman standing behind me suddenly upended her glass of pinot grigio, spilling it on my head and down my new silk...

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The Job Of Gratitude

(4) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 5:39 AM

This Thursday many of us will gather with family and friends, filling up on stuffing and stories, perhaps overlooking the real sense of gratitude hidden in the name of the holiday. As I approach an inevitably crowded flight east to be with loved ones of my own, I am reminded...

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The Power of Doris Lessing: A Tribute

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 4:27 PM

Doris Lessing's death came hard to me. Her impact as a writer was magical, igniting women to find their callings and live more authentic lives. Her semi-autobiographical novel, The Golden Notebook, limned what life would be like if only women could step outside the girdle of society's constraints of how...

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Rx: New Year's Resolutions

(1) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 10:20 AM

I'm taking a pause from my "Passionate Pursuits" series to tackle a seasonal topic: New Year's resolutions. A great idea in theory, but not always in practice. My best advice for 2013 is to commit to learning something new today so that by this time next year, you will be...

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Passionate Pursuits Series: The Nine Catalysts

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 4:01 PM

I have identified nine distinct catalysts that most people travel to find and follow their own heartfelt work. Think of these paths or icons for you to mull over, try on. If you ache for something of your own, this can lead you to identifying it. If you think you're...

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Introduction to the Passionate Pursuits Series

(1) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 2:54 PM

As I have grown in my professional practice, I've continued interviewing and collecting stories to add to a framework of work. I began with Skills for Success, where I described how to find the courage and risk required for success. This time I'd like to share my research on finding...

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Graduate School Savvy Part II: Six Strategies to Make Graduate School a Successful Venture

(1) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 3:30 PM

Graduate school, far more intense than college, provides a direct pathway to developing your career. The last thing you want to do is wait until it's over and hope that your new degree alone will launch you-- it won't. You need a hidden curriculum to make graduate school worth it....

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Graduate School Savvy: Part I

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 12:57 PM

Graduate school is an experiment in hope. It's also a risky investment, an expensive program in which we entrust time in our lives to school for both a new identity and a ticket to a career. We expect that answers will be revealed to us through academic study, leading to...

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