Author Archive for Dr. Helen Harkness

John Murray Presents on Maximizing and Protecting Your Wealth

Career loss resulting in financial chaos strikes when least expected! So become financially prepared! You need a plan, a process and a system for saving, investing and keeping out of debt!

Former CDA client, John Murray of 818 Group, LLC, and special guest Keith Chapman of Chapman Wealth Management will present.

Maximizing and Protecting Your Wealth
Using the Innovative Ideas of the LEAP SYSTEM®

They will discuss the following critical points and much more:

  • How stock market volatility may erode your wealth
  • How we are taught to transfer away much of our wealth
  • Why traditional financial planning strategies may fail

John will share how his career transition has made him more financially secure and ready for whatever comes his way.

Join us this Thursday and explore how you can prepare for your future!

Date: Thursday, November 16
6 pm to 7:30 pm

Career Design Associates, Inc.
2818 South Country Club Road
Garland, TX 75043

Questions? Contact John or Keith at 214-432-5460 or

Career Maturity Workshop – January 22 & 29, 2017

Dr. Harkness and staff are providing a two-session career workshop to help teenagers determine their future career direction based on their interests, skills, and current and future workplace needs.

Career Maturity Workshop for Teenagers

CDF2-5-600These seminars – for children and their parents (the final session) – are designed to teach children and their parents about the critical importance of mapping student education/interests to future jobs. The seminar, which is underwritten by the Career Design Foundation, introduces students and their parents to the concepts of Career Design Associates, a leader in re-careering for adult workers. For the Career Design Foundation classes, Dr. Harkness and her associates are soliciting students and their parents – usually recent high school graduates or incoming high school seniors – to participate in the career workshop series at the Career Design offices in Garland.

Cost: FREE, provided by Career Design Foundation
When: Sunday, January 22nd and January 29th from 2:00-5:00pm

We are requesting parents, or interested adults, to attend the January 29th meeting to gain insight into the teenagers’ career information.

PathFinder Meeting – April 28: Mary Louise (ML) Dubay

CDA PathFinder Meeting – Confectionary Entrepreneur Mary Louise (ML) Dubay

ML_Toffee BiteCDA’s Pathfinder for the Future series is designed to help people move forward in their future careers. Our April speaker is Plano small business owner Mary Louise Dubay, founder of Toffee Treats. Mary Louise is an example of someone who made a 180-degree-shift, leaving the corporate world to volunteer in a non-profit and found her own business. Her story is based on a family tradition. The holiday season always found Mary Louise with her Grandmother watching the pot as the secret family recipe toffee cooked away. Throughout the years she continued the family tradition of making holiday toffee, adding a few of her own special ingredients to the golden, buttery candy along the way. Out of this experience – and with inspiration from those who tasted her holiday treat – a business was born. ML talked about leaving the corporate world after more than 20 years as a senior executive at a Fortune 500 hi-tech company to found Toffee Treats, a largely mail-order business. The candy is made in small handcrafted batches, without additives, preservatives, or fillers. In addition to her entrepreneurial wisdom, ML has promised to bring treats! Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP to attend, just so we have a head count, or call 972-278-4701. Click here to get directions from various locations in the metroplex. On a personal note, ML is a cancer survivor and a portion of Toffee Treats proceeds go toward a non-profit foundation that supports others who are fighting cancer.

A Woman’s Story of Survival and Sweet Success (a DFW 5 – NBC Newstory)

Sara Agritelley Discusses Re-engaging Her Career at Midlife

Sara Agritelley to Present at CDA Pathfinders Meeting

Helen-SaraA1300Former CDA client Sara Agritelley currently serves as a Supervisor of Benefits Service Center at Milliman – an international actuarial consulting firm specializing in employee benefits.

Sara is using her knowledge of – and passion for – the investment & financial planning fields to coach & inspire others to do the same. She started as a Benefits Representative assisting individuals with their 401k accounts & quickly moved through the ranks to be promoted to a leadership role within the division.

Sara spent 12 years raising her family, and was able to utilize Dr. Harkness’ knowledge and services to relaunch her career. Prior to taking time off to raise her family, Sara spent 17 years in the financial services industry.

Presentation: Re-engaging Your Career at Midlife

Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016

Please RSVP to attend, just so we have a head count.

Click here to get directions from various locations in the metroplex.

NOTE: When using Google Maps/Apple Maps, be certain to type in Career Design Associates Inc. Typing in the address has taken several clients to the wrong place!!

HR Expert and Coach Dr. William H. Behrendt to Present

Behrendt_2011_3307Our February speaker is noted human resource executive and coach Bill Behrendt, who joins us to talk about re-careering in his own life. He’ll also talk about futures in the health care field. Dr. Harkness met Bill when he took her Career Coaching class at UTD.  He has completed this certification and moved to a very high level in the field. He is now planning the next step in his career.

Bill most recently served as Vice President for Human Resources at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, where he was responsible for all “people” issues at the Medical School, and its University Hospitals and Clinics.

Bill’s recent accolades include the 2015 “Talent Development Champion of the Year” by Skillsoft, and the “Top 10 Breakaway HR Leadership” Award from the Global HR Summit in 2011. He also received the 2014 Strategic HR Leadership Award from Strategic HR Excellence, and was winner of the 2012 “PRISM” award for Excellence in Coaching from the International Coach Federation – N. Texas Chapter.

Prior to coming to Dallas in 2003, Dr. Behrendt served as Vice President for Human Resources for CareGroup Health System and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston Massachusetts. He previously held the role of Senior Vice President for Human Resources at the BJC Healthcare System in St. Louis, Missouri. He also served as President of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in St. Louis. In these positions, Dr. Behrendt gained extensive knowledge and experience in Organization Development, Mergers and Acquisitions, Change Management, Strategic Planning and Executive Coaching.

Dr. Behrendt began his career in retailing with the May Department Stores Company headquartered in St. Louis, where he held positions in consumer research, strategic planning, executive development and human resources. He earned a B.S. in Psychology from Tulane University in New Orleans, and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, and completed a psychology internship at UT Southwestern in Dallas. He is also a graduate of the Certificate in Executive Coaching Program at University of Texas at Dallas, and an Professional Certified Coach member of the International Coach Federation. Dr. Behrendt has held faculty positions at Simmons College in Boston, UT Southwestern, and UT Dallas, and has served as a board member for the Barnes and Jewish Colleges of Nursing, the Picker Institute, LaunchAbility, and HealthPartners of the Midwest.

Date: February 18, 2016

Please RSVP to attend, just so we have a head count.

Anne Barr: Expert in Franchising and Business Ownership

Anne-Barr-modDate & Time: Thursday, January 7th, 6:30 pm

Location: CDA Offices in Garland

All are invited at NO CHARGE to gain this very timely information!

Anne Barr presents a seminar called “Business Ownership Options”, and Anne believes her seminar would be of benefit to anyone looking to explore business ownership and how to go about it. In addition, it is educational in nature and not sales oriented.

The seminar is jam-packed with information on all three options, and Anne will go over questions to ask – do’s and don’ts, how to find the right fit for your personality, personal and financial goals and your available funds. She’ll also talk about how to find funding for the acquisition.

Her seminar details the difference between:

  • independently owned businesses
  • start-ups
  • franchises

Anne has more than 30 years experience in sales and marketing, with six years as a franchisee. In her career, she has assisted more than 475 business owners and purchasers to achieve their goals in career change, transition and exit strategy.

She is a Certified Business Intermediary (CBI), a Certified Broker, a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) and is a Texas Licensed Real Estate Broker, a Registered Business Broker and a Franchise Consultant Broker.

Anne assures us that she always leave some time at the end of the presentation for Q & A.

Why Having a “Sharp Crap Detector” is Essential is Today’s Workworld!

When I was writing the book, The Career Chase 15 years ago and was explaining the necessity to become a Change Catalyst to learn new skills for the new rapidly upcoming age, I listed what I thought those new skills would be. Very quickly I said it would take courage, and confidence to change. We would have to make a commitment and take the challenge. It would require creativity, cooperation, curiosity, competence and this would result in compensation and gaining career control. Then I added common sense and noticed when I listed these traits somehow, automatically, they all started with a C. “Aha”! That’s when I realized I had learned something from that Ph.D. in English! If nothing else, I could alliterate.

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Entrepreneurship: Do You Have What It Takes?

A CDA PathFinder For Your Future Event on Entrepreneurship

By 2020, forty percent of American’s are predicted to become freelancers, self-employed, part-time workers or work in portfolio career. Is this for you?

Want to know more? Attend this CDA PathFinder Meeting!

Hear the details of becoming a Tiny House entrepreneur from BA Norrgard who created A Bed Over my Head. You’ll also meet Leigh Ellen Key, who with Matt Warmuth, founded Jigsaw Ticket, LLC, designed for young adults to achieve a satisfying career and avoid overwhelming college debt!

Career Design PathFinder for Your Future
Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Location: 2818 S. Country Club Road
Garland, Texas 75043

Attendees may choose to take the “Traits of an Entrepreneur” quiz created in 1995 by Dr. Harkness for the World Future Society all day seminar. You can view the 100 Characteristics test here.

Open to the public at no charge! RSVP NOW!

A Bed Over My Head with BA Norrgard

BANorrgard-ABOMHB.A. Norrgard of A Bed Over My Head is a trailblazer and a tiny house luminary. In 2012 she decided to overhaul her life – not from a fail, but to find out what really made her happy. Bucking societal expectations and following her inner guidance, she shed her paralegal costume after 26 years in a downtown Dallas high-rise. She hand built (in Dr. Harkness’ back field) her own 112 square foot tiny house on wheels to be her full-time permanent residence. She is a passionate advocate for others following their dream of letting go of societal conditioning and being free to live a larger life in a smaller space.

Since August 2014 she has traveled over 7,000 miles with her house, exhibiting, speaking, teaching workshops and consulting on living small. She strives to live a sustainable lifestyle and blogs regularly about her lifestyle and transition on her website, A Bed Over My Head.

She has been featured in the Dallas Morning News, KRLD Radio, Al Jazeera America Cable News Network, ABC, NBC, FOX news, Buzzfeed, Yahoo, GreenSource DFW, The Maureen Anderson Show and has been a contributing author in Tiny House Magazine. B.A. is a doer. She lives by example and loves to travel in her tiny house.

Jigsaw Ticket LLC and Leigh Ellen Key

jigsawticket-LLCLeigh Ellen Key is an entrepreneur and self-development advocate. She founded Jigsaw Ticket, LLC in 2015 with her business partner, Matthew Warmuth, to help teens and young adults find their direction and make better choices as they evaluate their future educational and career options.

Only recently, Leigh Ellen realized that her first career truly started at age 12 working as a concession stand attendant at a local pool. This was her first experience as an intrapreneur. She then continued as an entrepreneur in the energy industry and in the health, wellness, and self-development industry.

After successfully testing its first programs and services for teens using Lean Startup methods, Jigsaw Ticket just began offering programs and services to the public in October at their downtown Dallas office. A full schedule of programs and services for teens and young adults will be offered starting in January. Jigsaw Ticket also offers free informal talks full of tips for parents of teenagers. These talks are typically hosted by a local parent in their home for their invited friends.

Now, fifteen years after starting her journey into the nature of human self-development, she’s still just as passionate about lifting the human spirit. Understanding what internally energizes and motivates you and then directing that energy in your life and work is what gives each of us the sense of purpose, confidence, and connection that can change our world for the better.

Moving Through Career Chaos to Creativity – An Update

As most of you know, I have a tendency to be “ahead of the curve” in a lot of my writing and research. I have been researching both Chaos Theory and Happiness for years, and wanted to review some of my past findings with you – because the world is catching up with some of the trends I saw coming a number of years ago, as written about in the Career Planning and Adult Development Journal:

I suggested a journal volume focusing on two rapidly developing con­temporary fields affecting midlife adults – the Science of Chaos/Com­plexity originating from physics, and the Science of Happiness from Positive Psychology.

Integrating the Chaos Theory and Positive Psychology came as an instinctive response to finding a way to help my clients solve their career issues. My purpose in suggesting the study of these two fields to my colleagues was the re­alization that a basic (not necessarily a deep) understanding of the fields of physics and psychology is essential. Both of these are now generating cutting edge concepts which are moving from their original narrow sci­ence subject to countless other applications. Read More→

Is a Green Career in Your Future? Experts Share the Scoop

Green Energy Careers

Perspectives on Green Energy and Its Impact

“The future is uncertain . . . . but this uncertainty is at the very heart of human creativity.” According to Ilya Prigogine, Nobel Prize winner in 1977 and author of Order Out of Chaos, and The End of Certainty. This uncertainty and the necessity for creativity is exactly where we are in our energy world today!

Though I am a long time career consultant and confirmed futurist, providing the last word on green careers pushed me to use my more experienced clients and contacts as resources. My company, Career Design, sponsors Pathfinders for the Future, to provide career information and mentoring sessions on careers and for the past six months we have focused on the energy field. Authorities from varying energy areas have presented programs which were all videoed for others to view later at no charge. As a result, Bruce Thomas, a former marketing professional in radio & TV and an early retiree seeking his next career, initiated a non-profit organization, North Texas Advanced Energy Collaborative (NTAEC), dedicated to the development of North Texas as an economic and innovation zone for advanced and emerging energy technology industry. This is a rapidly growing group focusing on collaborative business development and launching a website in May for posting articles and information statewide, nationally and worldwide.

Current Careers in Energy – What It Means to Be Green

I have asked two members of this group to write a brief summary of their insight and possible opportunities and challenges for careers in this exploding industry:

  • “What is “Green” is by Tony Robinson, M.S. He has been in the construction industry since 1979. Tony spent more than twenty-five years working on the design and development of energy efficient building products.
  • The 2nd submission, “Profitable Green Solutions” is by Eric Woodroof, Ph.D. He has been in the energy efficiency and environmental field for over 15 years, helping businesses and governments reduce their environmental impact. Dr. Woodroof serves on several advisory boards for professional associations.

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