Women in Career Transition: Success Stories and Strategies

Jan 24, 2019

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Make the Personal and Life Changes You Want and Deserve

Whether you’re moving up in your company, making a change from employee to solo entrepreneur or scaling back from a 24/7 job to part-time hours—major life transitions are one of the most challenging things you will ever face.

Transitions, even those you’ve initiated and are excited about, can be stressful and stimulate mixed emotions. Major transitions are particularly difficult because the key elements that have made up much of your identity can suddenly be wiped away and shake your self-esteem.

In this insightful program, we’ll explore common challenges and offer coping skills for women as they move through different stages of their work and personal lives.

And you’ll hear one woman’s powerful story of moving from a lengthy and decorated career in the military to civilian life through a journey of personal growth and resilience.

In this in-depth interview and dialogue with Carole Hyatt and Linda Singh, we will:

  • Examine typical and common sense reasons for making a significant change in your life and work
  • Remind you to reflect on previous successful changes you've implemented
  • Identify ways to anticipate the different phases of the transition curve and how best to work with them
  • Review tips and advice for how to embrace transition so that you minimize resistant behaviors that can keep you stuck
  • Help you understand that it will take time to rebuild your identity and feel comfortable in your new “skin”
  • Offer ways to keep the big picture in sight when there are uncomfortable patches along the way
  • Discuss tried and true strategies for feeling as secure as possible during your transition



Carole Hyatt is the Founder and President of MISSION: GETTING TO NEXT, a career transition program widely recognized as the essential first step for women in leadership and senior executive positions in the private, public, not-for-profit and military sectors. The organization is based on Hyatt’s world-renowned Leadership Forum’s foundational seminar GETTING TO NEXT, which has a 40-year track record of success helping thousands of women–and men–triumph over difficult transition periods. Hyatt is an acknowledged leader in her field, a bestselling author, successful business pioneer, educator and executive coach. Her books, The Woman’s Selling GameShifting GearsLifetime Employability and When Smart People Fail, have profoundly impacted the lives and careers of millions of women and men across the globe, guiding them in their own fields and moving them in new directions. Augmenting the books, Hyatt has provided highly effective workshops for each title over the span of many decades and has coached individuals and lectured groups on four continents–teaching them how to articulate new goals and ultimately reach their aspirations. She has addressed women in sales and marketing in public arenas worldwide, from Columbia University's The New School, Syracuse University, University of  Michigan and Brandeis University, to schools in England, Japan, India, Malaysia, Germany and South Africa, and her seminars have been taught in corporations, including American Express and Bank of South Africa.


Linda Singh serves as a Major General and Adjutant General for the Maryland National Guard.  She is also a Cabinet Secretary responsible for the Maryland Military Department.  In 2012, Ms. Singh returned from a military deployment in Afghanistan, where she served as Afghan Security Forces operations chief with the 29th Infantry Division, as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command.  After returning from deployment, she was assigned as the director of Maryland National Guard joint staff, the Commander of the Maryland Army National Guard.

Prior to retiring from Accenture in 2016, she was a Managing Director in the Health and Public Service North America Operating Unit, where she served for 21 years. Ms. Singh served as executive director for veterans' programs, director of operations, commercial director, client account lead, as well as in numerous other program and project management roles for large systems implementations. 

Ms. Singh mentors, coaches and speaks on leadership, diversity, adversity, career transition and issues that plague women and veterans in the workplace.  She is the author of Moments of Choice: My Path to Leadership. Ms. Singh is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and Gallup Strengths Coach. She has received numerous awards, among them are 2013 DiversityMBA Top 100 under 50 Diverse Emerging Leaders and The Network Journal 25 Influential Black Women in Business Award for 2014. She was also inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame in March 2015 and is a recent award recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for 2015.