Career Coach Directory

Working with a Career Coach can greatly accelerate your career path and help you make progress towards fulfillment. Everyone can benefit, no matter what stage you're at or what position you hold. Working with a UC Santa Cruz alum who is a coach can help you leverage the unique education you received at UCSC. They know better than others what you have to offer.

 Naz Beheshti 
(Cowell '99, psychology)

Naz Beheshti holds a BA in Psychology from UCSC and started her career working alongside Steve Jobs at Apple. She has over a decade of experience working in a tech startup and Fortune 500 companies before becoming an executive coach and starting Prananaz, a corporate wellness company. She empowers leaders to fulfill their highest business, personal, and social potential through mindset and behavior change. She is also a regular Forbes Contributor and is the author of a new book, Pause. Breathe. Choose.: Become the CEO of Your Well-Being. Beheshti is a certified advanced NLP (neurolinguistic programming) practitioner, certified transformational coach, and a certified holistic health coach.

Area of Focus: stress management, resilience, habit formation, overcome limiting beliefs, develop mindfulness and emotional intelligence, gain greater clarity, creativity, energy, and productivity, boost confidence and lead with intention and purpose, work through conflict and build trusted relationships, strengthen interview and negotiation skills, strengthen communications skills and leadership presence, lead authentically guided by values, awareness, and presence, make better choices for a better life.

Banana Slug Discount: Complimentary 30 min. consultation to see if we are the right fit for each other. 20% off the program.

Learn more on her website 

Kimberley Bueno-Schonig 
(Crown '16, politics and legal studies)

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Kimberley Bueno-Schonig is an award-winning Entrepreneur and Non-Profit Founder. She coaches individuals in business or career development. Kimberley has been on a mission to support and empower as many people as she can. She helps individuals build and scale their own businesses or help individuals secure their dream job. She offers curated and personalized experiences to ensure that clients can achieve their goals. Kimberley has worked with organizations like Chamber of Commerce and Lean In, providing expertise in business and career professional development. She has also worked with small businesses on business strategy and growth.

Area of Focus: Business Branding, Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy and Development, Small Business Growth, LinkedIn Profile Optimization, Resume and Cover Letter Audits, Networking Strategies, Virtual and In-person Interview Preparation, Salary Negotiation, Career Coaching, Business Coaching

Banana Slug Discounts: 1 free coaching session if you refer a friend, 25% off for an entire 12-week coaching package

Learn more on her website

 

 

 

Marcia Wall 
(Stevenson '92, English and literature)
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 Marcia Wall is a Certified Career Services Provider and Certified Global Career Development Facilitator with two decades of experience. Her mission is to help others realize and achieve their own expectations. She provides services in career counseling, writing resumes and cover letters, mock interviewing, personal branding, network coaching, job search techniques, LinkedIn profiles, and academic counseling. She has worked for various non-profits, educational institutions, and private companies providing career resources to a vast range of clientele. 

Areas of Focus: LGBTQ+ Alums, Recent Graduates and Early Career Professionals, Non-profit Sector, Education, Recruiting, Nursing

Banana Slug Discounts: 20% off all services, one free half-hour consultation

Contact Marcia

 

 

Bridget Peri 
(Crown '96, anthropology)

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Bridget Peri has a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz, a Masters in Business Administration and Counseling from California State University Sacramento. Bridget enjoyed achieving her professional goals as a Sales Manager in a variety of work environments including Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and state government. Bridget is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach through Coaches Training Institute. Bridget Peri Coaching offers Coaching over the phone to English-speaking clients worldwide. Skype calls are available if desired.

Areas of Focus: Improving productivity and profitability, professional and personal relationships, and professional fulfillment. Life balance and sense of purpose. Greater ease and clarity with professional and personal transitions.

Banana Slug Discounts: Two free coaching sessions

Learn more on her website

Eric Morse
(Kresge '07, health sciences)

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Eric Morse brings his extensive recruitment, hiring, and tech-industry workforce knowledge to guide others in finding meaningful work. Eric helps people who are overworked, underpaid, lost in their job search, or stuck in a job they don’t care about the transition to highly-paid and highly respected professions doing work that they love. He is passionate about designing the right strategy, messaging, and engagement to accelerate their career goals. Our programs are customized and 100% tailored to you with a proven framework to deliver results.

Area of Focus: Resume, LinkedIn Profile and Cover Letter Revamps, Getting a Job Fast - Offline and Online Networking Strategies, Virtual and In-person Interview Preparation, Offer Negotiation, Staying Happy at Your Job, Career Discovery - Finding Meaningful Work

Banana Slug Discounts: 15% off all services

Learn more on his website

 

Danielle Sheppard
(Stevenson '99, psychology)
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Danielle uses a strengths-based approach focused on mindfulness, inner wisdom, and loves to help individuals see and express the strengths they often overlook in themselves. She has been coaching clients in life and career since 2002 and began running workshops and teaching in 2005, followed by national licensure in 2012. Danielle’s clients rave about her natural intuition, down to earth, non-judgmental approach, and love her balance of warmth, kindness, and ability to provide life changing insight.

Area of Focus: Career and life transitions, Relationships, Career satisfaction, Finding one’s purpose, Identity, LGBTQ+ affirmative, Parenting, Grief & Loss

Banana Slug Discounts: 2nd session 1/2 off, 1 free session if you refer a friend

Learn more on her website

 

 

Andrew Call
(Rachel '07, film and digital media)

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Andrew grew up in Portola Valley and earned his B.A. in Film and Digital Media from UC Santa Cruz in 2007. He is currently a recruiter and executive coach with his own practice and previously worked at Uber, Facebook & Houzz. He is also a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael. He lives in Belmont with his wife, Elena, a neurologist at Kaiser, their daughter Isabelle and son Wilder, and their two cats, Calvin & Hobbes.

Outside of work, you can find Andrew spending time with family, writing his novel, traveling, volunteering, swimming, playing tennis, and watching movies. He has served on non-profit boards and is currently a member of the Alumni Council at UC Santa Cruz and serves on the Personnel Committee at Portola Valley Presbyterian Church.

Area of Focus: Working with people who are making any kind of transition in their career, Working with mid-level to c-suite managers, Working with physicians, Enneagram for deeper self-awareness in work/life, Design thinking

Banana Slug Discounts: 25% off for an entire 8-week coaching package 

Learn more on his website

 

 Sarah Magruder
(Cowell '13, psychology)

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Sarah Magruder is a Certified Professional Coach through iPEC with a Bachelor's degree in Intensive Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. Sarah works with clients who are ready for a change in their lives but might not be sure what that really looks like or how to get there. Whether feeling stuck or unfulfilled at work, in relationships, or in their day-to-day life, Sarah coaches her clients to help them identify who they really are/what they truly desire, what obstacles are holding them back, and how to make the shifts necessary to create the results they dream of achieving. She will support you to get the clarity you need to build the life you really want. 

Area of Focus: Transitions, Mindset, Making Decisions, People-Pleasing, Relationships, Career satisfaction, Energy Leadership 

Banana Slug Discounts: 10% off services, 1 free session if you refer a friend

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Lakeya Cherry

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Lakeya Cherry, DSW, MSSW is an entrepreneur, executive coach, social worker, thought leader, Google #IamRemarkable and Certified Dare to Lead™Facilitator. Through her work, Lakeya has developed programming and facilitated content that has touched the lives of many around the globe. She earned her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Legal Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Dr. Cherry earned her Doctorate in Social Work from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

Area of Focus: Leadership and executive coaching. Typical audience: Women and BIPOC, emerging leaders to c suite, nonprofit, education, startups, high achievers, entrepreneurs. Topics: leadership, balance, perfectionism, imposter syndrome, managing up, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, resilience, emotional intelligence, mindset, courage, values, executive presence, creativity, time management, productivity

Banana Slug Discounts: 1 complimentary 30-minute discovery session and 10% off coaching packages (3 months minimum)

Learn more on her website
 

This list of alumni career services providers has been compiled as a resource to UC Santa Cruz graduates. As professional counselors, their expertise has market value. While some career coaches listed offer a discount on their services to UCSC alumni, rates still apply. Prices and offerings will vary. If you are an alum who would like to be listed in this directory, please contact Associate Director, Kara Snider at klea@ucsc.edu.