JFCS Career Coaches, Andrea Brown and Cindy Key, have been accepted by the RISE program. RISE is a new initiative by the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and JPRO to help Jewish community professionals dealing with layoffs and furloughs get back on their feet when they need a helping hand the most.
RISE realizes that when it comes to career coaching, one size does not fit all. That’s where JFCS’s personalized, customized approach fits in. Andrea and Cindy were two of only 30 coaches selected nationally from a pool of 100 applicants to serve as RISE career coaches.
Nationally, the Jewish communal workforce has been deeply impacted by the pandemic and its economic fallout. Layoffs and furloughs are at historic levels for Jewish preschools, camps, community centers, Federations and synagogues.
JFCS is grateful that we are able to bring our expertise and decades of career coaching experience to serve the Jewish community nationally. And, we are grateful to be able to provide these same nationally-recognized services to our local Jewish community through Careers During COVID, a free customizable service package open to anyone in the Jewish community experiencing employment changes or challenges because of the pandemic. Careers During COVID is made possible by the United Jewish Louisville Rapid Response Fund.
Meet Our Career Coaches
Andrea Brown is a professional career counselor with over 10 years of career guidance and assessment experience. She has specialized training in vocational counseling for individuals with disabilities and a passion for working with this population. Andrea believes that a career should be interesting, inspiring and enjoyable and that is why she loves helping individuals find their best career match. She utilizes the implementation and interpretation of a variety of assessment tools to assist individuals with establishing appropriate career goals. Then she assists these individuals in reaching their goals through resume writing and interviewing coaching.
Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling. She is a certified Rehabilitation Counselor with specialized training in financial coaching and supported employment.
Cindy Key has over twenty years of experience as a transition strategist and career coach. She helps individuals from all walks of life, a vast array of industries and many countries, focus to align their skills, interests and experience, then communicate and leverage their unique value, to create new meaningful employment, fine job opportunities, gain a promotion, start a business or achieve important personal goals.
Cindy is a Certified Business Manager (CBM), a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a Certified Business Coach (CBC), a Certified Personal Branding Strategist (CPBS), SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), a graduate of the American Society of Training & Development (ASTD) Training and Development Program of the University of Oklahoma and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Wayland Baptist University. Cindy is also one of the founding coaches with The Institute for Career Transitions (ICT) a non-profit organization founded by MIT-based scholars which brings together scholars and practitioners to support individuals who are navigating challenging career transitions.
Please join us in congratulating Andrea and Cindy on this achievement.
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