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Danielle Whitaker

Danielle Whitaker

EmpireWorks

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Consultant

Personal Information

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School: University of Illinois

Major: Sociology

Years at College Works: 2003 to 2004

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: EmpireWorks

Title: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Consultant

Industry: Healthcare

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

For Empire, business coaching focused on running a small-medium size company. Emphasis on sales and management. For counseling, I will work with individuals and families with a variety of challenges and goals.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

1. Growing a relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ 2. Marrying my wonderful husband Alex 3. Awarded Division of the Year at Empire while working with an awesome team.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

While pursing my college education, interning for CWP gave me a unique opportunity to explore different interests, build a new skill set, and grow my confidence in my abilities.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

After CWP, I was offered a chance to start up a small business in a different state in a related field. The lessons learned in CWP were a key component to my success in that role.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

Your greatest enemy in life may be self-doubt....but having an experience young in your life where you persevered and hit your goals is a great remedy for that obstacle.

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

DO NOT GIVE UP! Finish strong. Once you begin a trend of quitting when things are tough, the pattern is difficult to break! Lean on the support around you and persevere!

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

In business, it is best to have hard numbers and concrete facts to back up your successes. Be prepared to give specifics on why you think are a good fit for an organization or industry. Coupled with a psychology perspective, don't forget to consider how your personality matches your career choice. The most satisfying career is one that matches your natural interests, styles and talents.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

I had so many hilarious moments with the painters who worked for me. Once they called me on their cells and told me they found a live bat underneath a shutter. They were calling asking what to do! Laughing, I told them to poke the bat with a painter's pole. Sums up the experience...never know what kind of day or call you would get.

Danielle Whitaker