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Serena Santillanes, M.S., NCC, MCC

President, Career Journeys

Founder of Career Journeys, Inc., Serena is a creator of career development programs for several prominent universities and corporate teams.  She has also assisted hundreds of career transitioning adults in realizing their professional aspirations. An accomplished career specialist, Serena’s advice has been sought by news media including ABC and CBS for commentary on pressing topics such as the impact our tough economy has had on adults facing career transition.

As a career counselor, trainer and strategic program expert, Serena’s experience includes career program/product development and evaluation, creation and delivery of online career programs, team building, assessment selection and interpretation, adult career theory, career resources, and individual career counseling strategies. A career consultant and practitioner for over a decade, Serena has taken part in evaluating and designing customized career service programs for organizations like Southern California Edison, Scripps College and Caltech and has evaluated leading university settings for their needs and services offered to students and alumni.

In addition, she has developed and facilitated hundreds of Strong, MBTI and career application workshops.  Serena has also provided career services in corporate and university settings such as: Claremont Graduate University’s Office of Career Services, Claremont McKenna College, Santa Monica College, Wisconsin Private Colleges Career Consortium, The Drucker Graduate School of Management, Dominican University, California Institute for the Arts, Career Transition For Dancers, The State of California, TRW, Edison International, Pechanga Resort and Casino, Kaiser Permanente, and Women At Work.  She has served as an adjunct faculty member at California State University, Northridge in the Educational Psychology and Counseling graduate program where she has prepared future career, college and psychology professionals in honing their skills. Serena is also one of a small group of faculty who conducts the three-day Strong Interest Inventory Certification Program for GS Consultants.

Serena holds a Master of Science in Counseling, Career Counseling from California State University, Northridge and a Baccalaureate degree in Mass Communications from the University of California at Berkeley.  Serena is Past-President of the California Career Development Association and featured speaker two years in a row for the San Diego Association of Psychological Type.