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Director of Student Services & Workforce Development, Motivational/Keynote Speaker, Writer, and Entrepreneur
I was a civil trial lawyer in Philadelphia for over twenty years before several poor choices led to a federal indictment and a five year sentence in the custody of the federal government. After completing my sentence, I accepted a position teaching GED Math for Community Learning Center, a Title II adult literacy agency, in October 2015, and in January 2016, I was promoted to Director of Student Services and Workforce Development. I have been instrumental in creating a blended adult education and workforce development program and developing an educational upskilling clinic, partnering with PA CareerLink® Suburban Station. I have created, developed and nurtured partnerships with employers, placement agencies, post-secondary institutions and trade organizations, all in an effort to more effectively place students, many with significant barriers, into the workforce. Most recently, I have initiated and created a Reentry Workshop at PA CareerLink® Suburban Station, helping returning citizens with the transition home, and helping them find their career pathway and employment. Additionally, I have also provided staff reentry sensitivity training at PA CareerLink®, and created a resource book for the Reentry Workshop.
I am an active member of the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition, serving on the Education and Employment Committees. I sit on the Academic Advisory Board of Peirce College, Co-facilitate the Temple University New Opportunities Workshop, teach the Temple University Reentry Boot Camp, and regularly lecture at Temple University and throughout the country on criminal justice reform, reentry and workforce development topics. I am a member of the Society for Human Resources and have lectured at Mt. Airy Learning Tree teaching a course titled, “Orange is the New Black: An inside Look into the Criminal Justice System”.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to share my story and my passion on a national scale and have given keynote addresses throughout the country.
I have a very diverse background. I have over 18+ years experience in office management, administration, and customer service; approx. 12+ years in bookkeeping (Quick Books A/P, A/R, Bank Recs, deposits, EOM reports) and over 6 years in professional organizing.
I have over 3 years experience in the hotel industry, working in the executive offices as head of A/P, Director of Activities, and Guest Services. I have run operations for a church, a synagogue and a spiritual center, I have been in the catering business, event and meeting planning business and have over 8 years experience in retail sales and 3 years in retail management.
I have natural leadership skills and abilities. I have taught classes, trained employees and lead various volunteer groups within organizations. I have respectfully worked with all age groups and value team work and healthy collaboration. I also work well independently.
I have always had a gift for management, organization and high level customer service. No matter what type of work I do, my focus is on building authentic relationships with people.
I have a tremendous care for people. I have been described as a diplomatic advocate for people, I am skilled in relationship management and I take full ownership of the customer (and providers) experience.
I am known to be responsible, dedicated, detail oriented, highly organized and have the ability to problem solve, multi-task and work well with others.
Over the years I have cultivated my natural intuitive abilities, as well, allowing for clearer insights and deeper awareness for myself and the work I do. As a trained Professional Life Coach, for over 13 years, my greatest joy and life's expression is being a contribution-providing services that support and enhance the lives and well-being of others. I value a life lived with joy and guiding others to do the same.
As an Infertility Coach, Pradeepa works with women going through infertility and help them get unstuck. She provides a safe and non-judgemental space for those women to talk about their current struggles and coach them to get unstuck and move forward with their lives. Find her at www.lives-transformed.com
As an Agile Coach, Pradeepa is a self-proclaimed “Agile Passionista” who strongly believes in agile values & principles to help organizations delight their customers. Pradeepa helps teams and leaders in understanding & aligning with their organizational vision and supports in their transformation journey.
Masters in Computer Applications.
Bachelor of Science - Physics and Electronics
PST- Professional Scrum Trainer with Scrum.org
CSM - Certified Scrum Master from Scrum Alliance
CSPO- Certified Scrum Product Owner with Scrum Alliance
CSTE- Certified Software Tester from Quality Assurance Institute Worldwide.
PSD - Professional Scrum Developer from Scrum.org
PSM 1 - Professional Scrum Master Level 1 from Scrum.org
PSM 2 - Professional Scrum Master Advanced from Scrum.org
PSPO 1- Professional Scrum Product Owner from Scrum.org
PSE- Professional Scrum Expert with Scrum.org
SAFe Agilist from Scaled Agile
LauraBeth Ryan is the owner of Cheerful Hearts where their motto is “A Cheerful Heart is good Medicine” She knows well the adversities life can present and has overcome tremendous hurdles to get where she is today. A mother to four sons, at the age of 28 she became debilitated due to a spinal injury which left her bedridden for over ten years.
Perseverance, pressing firmly into her faith and finding purpose through the pain propelled her to create a company that inspires, encourages, empowers and educates! She does this through her specialty greeting card and gift line with words that speak to the soul! As a Transformational Life Coach, supporting those who are feeling stuck, stressed out, unfulfilled, lacking joy and who want to succeed with exponential results in both business and life! And as a speaker she shares her story that powerfully impacts her audience to overcome any obstacle that they face, leaving them with a sense of possibility and a knowing that they , too, can go out and live their own inspired life!
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