Part 1: Hitting Bankrupt: Careers and ‘Wheel of Fortune’

Everyone thought a snake was in my tent when I ran out screaming. But it was only an e-mail, one that made it to my phone—even though we were in the bottom of the Grand Canyon—to inform me that I had been selected to audition for Wheel of Fortune...Read full article >

Career Happiness Coaching - Four Practices for Building the Hope Muscle
Career Happiness Coaching - Building a Community of Strengths Accomplices

Four Practices for Building the Hope Muscle

​​I just missed something big with a coaching client. I was blinded by my laser-focused “career action glasses,” and missed seeing that she lacked a belief in herself and her future. She was a “good” client: She did all the career exploration activities...  

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Facing Off with the Strength-Shaming Bullies

Strength-Shaming Bullies are everywhere. They can be colleagues, bosses, teacher, friends, parents, strangers, and the media—but often the worst bully of all is the one that looks back at you in the mirror.  Read full article >

Career Happiness Lessons: Eagles Super Bowl Win Edition

As I was cursing up a storm when the Patriots took the lead in the fourth quarter, my friend was shocked and delighted to hear this “Philly grittiness” come out of my mouth. “I like this side of Denise!” she exclaimed. Along with high emotions, I gleaned a few lessons... Read full article >

​Combating Career Shame with the ABCDE Model

Career Shame hides in the shadows, lurking and taunting, until it can’t be ignored. It’s the nagging feeling that you’re not living up to your own potential. It’s the fear that peers are moving up while you’re being passed over. It’s a gnawing jealousy and a sense that...​​  Read full article >

Choosing Career Depth over Career Height

“At this point in my life, I’m more interested in the depth of my career than its height.” This comment from my friend and mentor, Shoshanna Cogan, stopped me in my tracks. Depth, not height..  As a highly accomplished and talented international trainer, Shoshanna.... ​Read full article >

Career Happiness Coaching - No Shaming versus Yes Living
Career Happiness Coaching - Part 2: Hitting the Welling-Being Jackpot
Career Happiness Coaching - Having Fun with Failure

Making Piece with All Our Pieces

​Four years ago, the man I was going to marry broke my heart, and I found myself virtually alone in a new town (one that I had moved to for him). Basic human functions like sleeping and eating felt unbearable. How could I even imagine showing up at work...  Read full article

Career Happiness Coaching - Positive Prevention for the Assist Virus
Career Happiness Coaching - The Holy Grail of Danish Career Happiness
Career Happiness Coaching - Facing Off with the Strength-Shaming Bullies

The Holy Grail of Danish Career Happiness: Kanelstang, Bicycles, Smørrebrød, and Comfy Shoes

I fell in love with Kanelstang in Denmark. While the Scandinavian men are very attractive, Kanelstang is not the name of my vacation fling. Nope, it’s the Danish word for cinnamon buns. As I sat in the café eating one each morning (and often again in the afternoon), .... Read full article >

Fun: The Dirty Three-Letter Word

"I know this sounds childish, but I want a job that is fun.” My client was embarrassed to utter this “dirty” word during our career coaching session. Hearing the discomfort in his voice, I could feel my playful heart break. When did it become wrong to want to have fun at your job? Read full article >

Career Happiness Coaching - Choosing Career Depth over Career Height

*HIGHLIGHT* - Listen to my interview on The Flourishing Center Podcast

I was interviewed by The Flourishing Center on the integration of positive psychology and careers.  Listen to my approach to coaching and how I help my clients find career happiness.  Interview starts at 16:44.  Listen >

Media Citations​


How to Write a Resume If You're Changing Careers, by Julia Malacoff, Glassdoor.com

Do You Really Have To Settle For Your First Job, by Elana Lyn Gross, monster.com.

How to Balance the Boss & the Baby​, by Kristen Gomez, careeranista.com.
The 5 Essential Job Perks You Should Hold Out For,  Catherine Conlan, philly.com. 
Show that you Care by Giving a Present that will Help Your Career, Lee Miller, New Jersey Star Ledger

Part 2: Hitting the Well-Being Jackpot

“Please enter your travel dates.” I have ruminated incessantly about my failure to solve this puzzle when I was a contestant on Wheel of Fortune this summer. If only I had figured it out, I would have won the trip, gone to the Bonus Round... 

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Positive Prevention for the Assist Virus

​The Assist Virus has reached epidemic levels. While highly contagious among young professionals, it has also been known to infect seasoned workers. Symptoms include temporary hearing loss when being praised, blindness to strengths, and...  

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Career Happiness Coaching - Eagles Super Bowl Win Edition
Career Happiness Coaching - Fun: The Dirty Three-Letter Word
Career Happiness Coaching - The Flourishing Center Podcast

‘No Shaming’ versus ‘Yes Living’

Recently, I declined politely (or so I thought) to provide free career advising for a former student I hadn’t seen or spoken to in 10 years—and ended up feeling shamed by her response to my turning down her request. If she had wanted to reconnect or have an informational interview .... Read full article >

Career Happiness Coaching - Making Piece with All Our PIeces

Building a Community of Strengths Accomplices

“She needs to stop raising her hand so much!” An elementary school teacher informed my friend’s dad that she should stop showing everyone that she knew all the answers. He was incensed. There was nothing wrong with his daughter...Read full article >

Strategies for Facing the Fear of Not Being Enough

Fifteen minutes into my presentation at the World Congress on Positive Psychology this summer, I felt off balance. I was speaking only from my head and not from my heart. Words were coming out, people were nodding, but my authenticity and connection were missing.  Read full article >

Career Happiness Coaching - Part 1: Hitting Bankrupt Careers and Wheel of Fortune
Career Happiness Coaching - Getting Back to the Court: How to Recover from Career Injuries

Having Fun with Failure

I want to fail in 2016. Stumble, trip, fall, and maybe even be humiliated. Fail big and boldly. What sparked this “career fail resolution”? Seeing extraordinarily talented clients beset by fear of failure. Watching students peer over the edge of the next career step... Read full article >

Career Happiness Coaching - Combat Career Shame with the ABCDE Model

​I write a regular blog for the Wholebeing Institute, an educational organization focusing on courses that help people live life to its fullest.  I apply a strength-based, positive psychology framework toward inspiring individuals to find career happiness. 

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Career Happiness Coaching - Strategies for Facing the Fear of Not Being Enough

Getting Back on the Court: How to Recover from Career Injuries

I used to love playing tennis. In fact, I was a state doubles champion in high school (albeit in the tiny state of Delaware). Then, 15 years ago, a cross-country skiing accident shattered my elbow into “tiny little pieces,” to quote my surgeon. I’m left-handed, and I now... Read full article >