Personalized Career Coaching Services for RIT Alumni
We invite you to take the next step in developing and managing your career by working directly with a career coach!
Our career coach partners have been screened by our office, and often share their advice through workshops and panels. Below you’ll find summary information on each; including background and areas of expertise, links, and contact information.
These are fee-based services, with rates given by each provider. Special discounts are available for RIT alumni; please be sure to mention you are an RIT alum when you contact them.
The RIT Office of Career Services does not make any recommendations for any specific provider. Please note that providers are independent contractors and are in no way affiliated with RIT, or the RIT Office of Career Services, and are not being compensated by our office.
RCM Associates is the career coaching and consulting practice of Dr. Rita Carey specializing in providing career support for the 40+ career transitioner. Through individual coaching, group teleseminars and on-site training, Rita provides inspiration, support and resources for successful career management. Her Career Planning process includes proven methods for successfully transitioning from one job to another or one field to another and has helped hundreds accomplish their career goals. In her coaching with midlife career changers, Rita promotes contemporary career strategies that represent the client as current and competitive.
Rita’s experience includes directing award winning career centers for Fortune 500 companies (General Electric; Pratt & Whitney) and providing Professional Development Coaching to management level staff at the National Institutes of Health, World Bank, Law Firms and Businesses and Career Training at area colleges and career centers.
Specialties: 40+ Professional Career Transitions: Debunking Age Myths
LinkedIn Profile Development and Social Media Optimization
Job Search Planning, Results-Oriented Search Methods and Marketing Resources
Certified Professional Coactive Coach (CPCC)
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
DISC Career/Management Assessments
In 1989 Donna Rawady resigned her position as Sales Training Manager for Rochester Telephone Corporation’s northeast sales organizations to establish her consulting and training business. Prior to 1989 she enjoyed success in sales management and sales and technical training. She began her career as an administrative and executive assistant supporting a variety of positions in sales, executive management and law. Through her business, for 25 years, she has served clients as a group facilitator, training consultant, leadership advisor—and since the mid-1990s as an executive coach—in corporate, manufacturing, small business, financial, not-for-profit, academic, and health care environments. Donna’s primary goal is to serve her clients as a catalyst who sparks individual leaders to higher levels of performance through measurable improvement of their leadership and communication skills.
For eight years Donna was an instructor at St. John Fisher College’s Office of Professional Development. She has served as a board member and president of the Genesee Valley Society of Training and Development. Rawady served as president and as a member of the executive board of the Rochester Women’s Network. She’s also one of a team of professional coaches invited to participate in the University of Rochester Simon School’s EMBA program, providing the coaching experience for students as part of their leadership development. In addition to her 8-year-old GET REAL blog on leadership and life, she has had over 30 articles published on leadership and workplace behaviors (Rawady, Donna. Profitability Requires a Leader’s Sharp Focus, Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, NY, 2014; Rawady, Donna. Integrity Matters, Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, NY, 2011; Globalization and Technology—Their Impact on Life Balance, Business Strategies Magazine, Rochester, NY, 2006; Positioning: Leading Others Through Change, http://www.e-bim.com, June 2008).
Donna has been a presenter at several local professional organizations and national conferences including: The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM); United Way Conferences; American Society for Training and Development (ASTD); Deloitte & Touche Wise Women; Monroe County Medical Society; INPACT Americas; Rochester Women’s Network; International Association of Administrative Professionals; the Council of Independent Colleges; and Rochester Institute of Technology’s Women’s Career Leadership Workshops/Panels.
Margi Taber is an exceptional coach with two decades of devotion to transforming lives. She has seen many people move beyond boundaries to live a life of purpose. Her invaluable experience, unmatched expertise and innovative techniques have proven to generate consistent life changing results.
Margi draws on her experience and knowledge as a certified coach empowering public speakers to develop a dynamic stage presence, increase their audience and build a bold business platform. She assists speakers in the promotion of their message via trainings, keynotes and other speaking opportunities. She is a weaver of connections bringing people together for a common goal of collaborating to make a broader impact.
Margi began her career working within the field of substance use disorders and has supported adults, adolescents, and families by developing programs that promote bold moves for a better life Because Actions Matter ~ BAM!
Margi’s expertise has been sought after by private and public organizations and at present she sits as Vice President of Programs & Operations for the ROCKSTAR SUPERSTAR PROJECT where she is instrumental in helping countless people to recognize their value, gifts, and dreams to be awakened.
In 2014, Margi was awarded The Helen Guthrie Memorial Youth Advocate of the Year Award and boasts several publications over the last 10 years, including Why Adolescent Care is So Important; Recovery Today; Co-authored with C. Bowers, T. Howard and K. Cafferty (2009) and Adolescence: A Journey in Adulthood; NAADAC News (2008).
People have described their experience working with Margi as uplifting, heart-centered, empowering, trustworthy, open, insightful, and compassionate. She demonstrates an ability to help others shift their perspective from seeing challenges to acknowledging situations as opportunities allowing them to move beyond boldly. One client identified their experience working with Margi as a process similar to rising like the Phoenix coming through stronger, wiser and transformed!
Margi values family, friends and spending time with those who encourage us to be our best, most authentic self. She likes spending time near water, meditating, reading, spiritual growth, writing, and creating opportunities for people to realize their value. Margi is driven by the belief that life is our stage, those who come into our world are the characters, and most importantly the story is OURS to write! Check out her work as Editor of The First 30 Days to Serenity written by Super Star @ Amazon
Sally Ward helps individuals and organizations mine for gold through conversations that reveal and expand vision and leverage possibilities and strengths. Whether she's working with seasoned leaders, new managers or high potentials, Sally's compassionate focus is always on helping the client move toward their ideal state and creating a positive atmosphere that enables the desired change. Her clients report better communications and working relationships, expanded influence, leadership presence and confidence, and increased resilience to change and multiple demands. What's more, they enjoy their work more!
Prior to founding Ward Leadership and its predecessor organization in 2003, Sally spent many years in nonprofit leadership positions, including stints as executive director, project manager, management team leader, and Board member. She then transitioned to the for-profit sector, establishing a sales rep business and becoming New York State sales manager in 1993. She uses all she's learned about listening, questioning, leading, management, planning, motivation and emotional intelligence (soft skills) to offer her clients practical, actionable experience.
Sally is a recognized leader in the community. She is a past Board Chair of Career Development Services, the YWCA and several other organizations, and has served on numerous boards of directors and community task forces. In 2010, the Rochester, N.Y. Women's Network honored her with the prestigious "W" Award for her leadership in advancing the personal and professional growth of women.
A polished presenter and writer, Sally speaks to groups, publishes "Springboard," a quarterly leadership newsletter, and writes on leadership issues for the Rochester, N.Y. Democrat & Chronicle "Women at Work" column. She is privileged to be a facilitator for Person2Person, a program that engages diverse community leaders in dialogue to expand understanding of racial and ethnic differences, safely question assumptions, and strengthen cross-cultural relationships.
Sally holds a BA from Duke University, and professional coaching certifications from the Coaches Training Institute, the International Coach Federation, and the Institute for Social and Emotional Intelligence.