External Career Coaches List

Career Services is pleased to provide a referral listing of external, professional career coaches to assist alumni in their career development. These coaches can assist with career assessment, job search transitions, preparing resumes and cover letters, developing interview skills, online presence/social networking, and other career development needs. They have extensive experience in working with mid-level and senior managers and other more seasoned job seekers or those contemplating a career change. These professionals have diverse industry experience, educational training, and are available in a variety of geographic locations. All of the coaches participated in a training session provided by Career Services and are familiar with the resources provided by Career Services.

Please feel free to reach out to the career coaches below to arrange a complimentary initial consultation to determine which services would be most helpful in terms of your particular situation as well as clarifying the associated costs for those services.  You may wish to speak to two or three coaches to determine which coach will best fit your needs and can provide resources that align with your career goals. Alumni should also be aware that professional Career Services staff at Penn also work with alumni at no cost for up to three appointments per year.  These appointment can be scheduled through Handshake or by calling the Career Services office. However, if you feel that a more intensive or on-going relationship is required to support your career needs, we recommend contacting one of our external, professional career coaches. Any information that you discuss with a career coach is confidential.


Lynn Berger, New York, NY Margaret Chan, New York, NY
Susan Chritton, Northern CA Jane Finkle, Philadelphia, PA
Caroline Elton, London, UK Peter Jacobs, Northern CA
Amy Jaller Gleklen, Washington, DC metro area John Tuton, Philadelphia, PA
Michal Orenstein-Orpaz, Southern CA

Lynn Berger New York, NY

Lynn Berger is a Career Counselor and Coach specializing in helping people make the most of their lives and feel fulfilled. In her position she counsels people how to effectively transition to jobs and/or careers, balance their roles and responsibilities and understand the choices before them. Her past experience includes working in the Human Resource and Consulting fields. Lynn received both her Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology and her Master of Education in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Certified Career Counselor and was recently awarded the Outstanding Career Practitioner Award from the New York State Career Development Association.   Lynn has been a Career Counselor and Coach in private practice in New York City for over 20 years. Ms. Berger has appeared as a guest expert on radio and television shows across the country and has been featured in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, The New York Times, Newsday, Businessweek.com, and Monster.com, etc. For more information about Lynn and her practice, you may consult her website at www.lynnberger.com.

Margaret Chan New York, NY

Margaret Chan is a Certified Executive Coach who works with professionals making career transitions, or changing or relaunching careers. She takes a holistic approach in helping her clients prioritize their key values and identify target careers which best match their strengths and leverage their skills. Her experience includes career and networking strategies, target careers and companies, returnships, resumes and LI profiles, career narratives/positioning, interview preparation, and support and confidence building throughout the process. Clients value her 25 years as an Executive Search Consultant with 18 years at Spencer Stuart and Korn Ferry, the global executive search firms, where she interviewed and assessed over 3,500 executives as they pursued their next opportunity. As a trusted strategic advisor to hiring executives, she understands the critical factors in hiring decisions. Clients appreciate her strategic and practical approach and warm personal style.  She has led webinars on Strategies for Relaunching Careers for alumni of universities, including Columbia, University of Chicago, and UCLA. She is an executive coach for alumni of top tier universities, including University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Columbia, Cornell, and University of Chicago. In addition, she is a coach for MBA students at The Leadership Lab at Columbia Business School.  She also works with clients to become stronger and more effective leaders by leveraging their strengths and addressing their leadership gaps. Coaching plans are designed to increase their self-awareness, gain insight, and practice new behaviors. Her clients have focused on improving their capacity as they transition to new roles, expand their collaboration and spheres of influence with peers, enhance their communication style, and demonstrate more executive presence. She has experience with multiple industries (financial services, private equity, consumer goods, cosmetics/luxury goods, retail, media, technology, consulting, and nonprofit, including education, foundations, hospitals, and social services,). Her functional experience includes general management, finance, strategy, marketing, communications, sales, operations, consulting, technology, board directorship, and nonprofit development). Certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF), Margaret also earned an Executive Coaching Certification (highest level) from Columbia University, an MBA from The Kellogg School at Northwestern University, and a BS with honors from New York University. For more information, visit her website at www.chanexecutivecoach.com.

Susan Chritton Northern, CA

Susan Chritton, M.Ed., a National Certified Career Counselor and author of Personal Branding for Dummies, specializes in working with professionals in career angst or career transition. As a Career Strategist for Pathways-Career & Life Strategies, Susan utilizes Reach Personal Branding strategies, combined with her skill as a Master Career Counselor and a Coach from the Hudson Institute to bring direction, creativity and renewed enthusiasm to those that she serves. Susan takes a client through the process of looking within to discover not just what they can do but who they are. Susan serves as a Executive Coach to partners in a Big 4 accounting firm. She has managed two career centers for Sun Microsystems and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco. Susan holds a Master of Education degree in Career Education from St. Mary’s College, a Post-Master’s Certificate in Career Development from John F. Kennedy University, and is a Certified Professional Coach of the Hudson Institute. Find out more at http://susanchritton.com/.

Caroline Elton London, UK

Dr. Caroline Elton is an occupational psychologist, specialising in career counselling. After her first degree at Oxford University, Caroline won a Thouron Fellowship to the University of Pennsylvania where she studied in the Graduate School of Education. On her return to London she initially trained as a secondary school teacher, and then after 4 years teaching in inner-London schools (where she taught the current leader of the Labour party), she switched careers to psychology. Through this process Caroline became interested in career change, wrote a book on leaving teaching and alongside her Ph.D (at University College London), she trained in career counselling. Caroline has 20 years experience of career counselling working with leading consultancies and also in private practice. Currently she has a part-time role with the NHS, heading up a careers support service for doctors in London, and the other part of her time she is involved in lecturing, writing, and private career counselling. Please contact Caroline at c.elton1@btinternet.com.

Jane Finkle Philadelphia, PA

Jane Finkle has over 20 years experience in helping individuals with career assessment, transition planning, job search strategies, action plans, and workplace adjustment.  She counsels and coaches individuals at all levels and in all types of work settings and provides outplacement services to organizations. Her clients range from corporate to non profit executives, mid-level managers, attorneys, educators, high tech workers, artists, writers and human and health care professionals. Prior to her private practice, she worked in career development at the University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College. She also advised Internet users nationwide regarding their career interests at US News and World Report’s Education and Career Forum.  Jane taught Career Development courses at the University of Pennsylvania and Chestnut Hill College and served as a delegate for National Career Development Association/People to People Ambassador Program in China. Jane currently provides training and coaching to emerging women leaders in non profits through the Valentine Foundation. Jane was a monthly guest on the CN8 Morning Show and is quoted frequently in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Monster.com and many major publications and websites. She is the past President of the Philadelphia chapter of the Association of Career Professional International and currently serves on the advisory board of Dress for Success-Philadelphia. Jane  has an MS in Counseling Psychology from the University of Rochester and is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Master Career Development Professional (MCDP). Find out more at www.janefinkle.com

Amy Jaller Gleklen Washington, DC metro area

Amy is a business-savvy career and leadership coach with extensive experience coaching clients in the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors, and a track record of helping clients move to the next level of leadership. Her coaching approach builds on decades of leadership experience in the corporate, professional services, and nonprofit sectors in diverse business roles including marketing, sales, finance, operations and management at organizations including Merrill Lynch, Biden for President, Booz, Allen & Hamilton, and Compass, a DC-based nonprofit. As a career coach, Amy is passionate about helping clients at all life-cycle stages (emerging leaders, those returning after a career break, mid-career professionals and retirees) gain clarity about their next best career fit.  As an executive coach, Amy works with clients at all experience levels, providing leadership coaching to individuals and teams, including emerging leaders to the C-suite.  Amy is currently a leadership coach for Wharton’s Executive Coaching and Feedback Program for Wharton MBA students.  She’s also a Vistage chair leading CEO peer advisory boards.  Amy earned her MBA and BS from Wharton and holds an MS in Counseling from Johns Hopkins. Her certifications include as a PCC International Coaching Federation Coach, Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Certification, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, EQi (emotional intelligence instrument), Hogan, Predictive Index, and Leadership Circle 360. Find out more at www.nextgameplan.com.

Peter Jacobs, Northern California

Peter Jacobs has coached over a thousand professionals to build fulfilling and rewarding careers since 2001.  Peter has a unique knack for asking the questions and uncovering the resources that enable people to discover and pursue new possibilities both in current job roles and beyond.  Having made several career changes himself, including starting his own coaching practice, Peter has experienced first-hand the kinds of challenges and opportunities you face in your own company or career.  In addition to his private practice and work with employees as an independent contractor at Genentech’s CareerLab, Peter is an adjunct career advisor to MBA students and alumni at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and has facilitated Job Search Action Groups and webinars for the Wharton Executive MBA program in San Francisco. Before becoming a career coach, Peter worked in a variety of finance, procurement and business process roles in the U.S. and Western Europe.  A Penn undergrad alum (W86), he completed an MBA at INSEAD in France, an M.A. in Career Development at John F. Kennedy University, and coaching training with the Newfield Network. In addition he is a Registered Professional Career Counselor,  National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Master Career Counselor (MCC). Find out more at  http://www.gccoach.com/about.html.

Michal Orenstein-Orpaz Southern, CA

Michal is a career counselor, consultant and coach, and the owner of Best Fit Careers, with over 18 years of experience in all aspects of career planning, job search, and career management and advancement. She has successfully applied her solid counseling skills, in-depth knowledge of the field, and cutting edge strategies in Higher Education, Business & Industry and Non-Profit organizations, serving thousands of clients of all ages gain career satisfaction and success. Michal holds a graduate degree in Career Counseling from California State University, Northridge. She is a National Certified Career Counselor (NCCC), Master Career Counselor (MCC), and a Registered California Career Professional (RCCP). Michal has provided outplacement services and career transition assistance to displaced employees of all levels. Past clients include Lee Hecht Harrison, Kaiser Permanente, AT&T and Hughes Missile Systems. She also served as a Career Development Manager at ARCO LA Refinery.  You can learn more about Michal at http://www.bestfitcareers.com.

John Tuton Philadelphia, PA

Since 2001, Dr. Tuton has been an independent management consultant based in Philadelphia, PA., providing a comprehensive range of services in the areas of executive assessment, leadership development, performance management and career planning.  He has consulted to a broad spectrum of organizations where the key issue was how to evaluate and develop management talent most effectively.  Dr. Tuton has extensive experience with smaller, emerging businesses that face the challenges of growth and change.  He has designed and delivered a number of individual and team development programs and workshops, and has also consulted on organizational realignment and human resources planning.  His clients include Fortune 50 organizations from the manufacturing and service industry sectors, as well as large and small non-profits. Dr. Tuton began his consulting career in 1982 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Adult Development (CSAD), where he created and directed employee assistance programs in the public and private sectors.  When CSAD became Integra, Inc. in 1984, he was promoted to Director of Assessment Programs.  Dr. Tuton left Integra in 1986 to join Manchester Inc. as a vice president in their Management Development division, and after a four-year tenure there, became the principal of his own consulting firm.  In 1994 he merged his practice with RHR International, where his services included management assessment, executive coaching and succession planning. You can reach John at 215-588-5640 or jftuton@msn.com.