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Adele Scheele
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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 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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How to Cut the Cord When Your Kid Goes Off to College

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 4:29 PM

Sending your kid off to college might result in sudden loneliness, especially if you've had a close relationship. You might fool yourself into thinking that you are worried about them when, in reality, you just miss them. When it comes down to it, that umbilical cord, never emotionally cut, could...

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Pole Vaulting: From The Olympics To Your Own Career

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 1:17 PM

Watching the sport of pole vaulting in the Olympics always takes my breath away. Using a flexible pole made of fiberglass (a far cry from the first bamboo and aluminum versions), athletes hurl themselves over an insanely high bar. These athletes have been training and steadily advancing with good, better,...

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How to Make Smarter Decisions

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 6:50 PM

Decision-making is difficult, especially when it involves complex factors. Even if we are smart and diligent, when it comes to settling on a course of action we resort to delaying tactics or blaming others to duck responsibility for fear of being seen as "wrong." Answers are not usually immediate. Here...

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Risk-Taking:The Way To A Career

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 3:11 PM

College career centers are often a graduate's first (and sometimes only) experience in catapulting the start of a career. Most career centers' websites list employers and maintain a relationship with recruiting personnel. Company representatives use these centers and their career fairs to make appointments with graduating students and to publicize...

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Still No Job After Graduation -- Now What?

(1) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 7:10 PM

If you've left your college campus but still don't have a job, consider these strategies to get you in the door of your new career. You won't be able to do it alone -- nobody does. You will have to start risking engaging with others to help you find leads...

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Turning Points in Successful Women's Careers

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 1:40 PM

Turning points arrive after crises, when we feel lost or are grief-stricken. Turning points are experienced as a sudden awakening -- an epiphany that directs us to the True North on our internal compass, spinning us to destinations that later we call our destiny. Only then do we embrace them...

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Six Tactics to Ignite Your Ambition

(4) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 10:35 AM

Even though you possess talent or technical ability, having and honing is not enough. Here are six critical, transactional success skills to stimulate your most meaningful and fulfilling career.

1. Exploring: Most of us remain a prisoner of our obligations instead of listening to our instincts. A necessary step...

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Making Those Last Few Weeks at College Count

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 6:41 PM

Graduation is just around the corner. Here are some gratifying things to take advantage of before you don your cap and gown.

1. Reach out to the professors, advisors, deans, and club sponsors who have made an impact on you over the last few years and thank them. Tell...

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