Mompreneur Monday: Crest Counselling with Marissa

I was fortunate enough to connect with Marissa through #mombizmondays, both on Twitter (Monday nights at 10pm EST) and Facebook. he is truly inspiring, and gives great focus when you need a little splash of reality to know that you're on the right path!

I work in private practice as a professional career counselor. Whether you are starting your first job, considering a career change, assessing your options, or looking for help to become a more competitive applicant, I can help.  The goals of career counseling are to help you identify your values, skills and unique talents, assess your current situation, focus on possibilities, enhance your marketability and help you design effective future career development strategies. 

I believe that career satisfaction is absolutely essential to overall life happiness. I became a career counselor over a decade ago, working within the higher education sector. After receiving requests for my services from within my personal networks, I decided it might be time to launch this new business venture. 

As a mom of a busy two-year-old son and four-year-old daughter, I think the term work life balance is paradoxical.  I prefer mindfulness as an approach to juggling multiple priorities.  As a counselor I have been trained in the art of active listening and being present. I try to balance my dual roles by being in the moment and enjoying activities and time with my children and husband to the fullest when in "Mommy" mode. Conversely, when I am in career counselor mode, I stay tuned into patterns and possibilities for each clients success. Technology also helps me to be more effective in blending my professional and personal roles. For example, I use Skype to work with clients remotely, allowing me to take appointments after I tuck my little ones into bed.

I hope my children learn to follow their passions from me. I try to model this, as well as instill it at home with my kids, and at work with my clients. I also hope to teach them that if they make an unsatisfying choice in their lives, change is always possible!

For Sweet Stella's fans, I am happy to offer a one time resume "tune-up" at a highly discounted rate of $25 (US) through December 31st, 2012.  Feel free to email me at for more information. To take advantage of the resume "tune-up" offer, mention "|Sweet Stella's fan" in the subject of your email.  

For additional information on my services, keep reading!
Adolescents and Young Professionals

Career counseling can benefit adolescents seeking to find a path or college major, launch a career path and gain experience through internships.  I offer career assessment inventories such as the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to help you understand how your preferences influence career selection and satisfaction.  Young professionals benefit from my expertise in navigating an increasingly competitive job market.  I offer expertise in resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, conducting an effective job search, developing networking strategies, and using social media in your job search.  I offer graduate school advising to college graduates and will work with you on crafting an effective graduate school essay.

Adults and Experienced Professionals

With my adult clients we realize that career choice impacts many other areas of your life and work with you to explore the fit between your career goals and your overall life goals.  In addition to fine-tuning your resume and interview skills, I help experienced professionals cope with career challenges and transition, develop and implement career goals, and become more competitive job applicants.  Experienced professionals seeking a new direction can also benefit from a career assessment inventory such as the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).  I also offer digitally recorded mock interviews and can help you negotiate a job offer.

Marissa Deitch
Vice President, Career Counseling
Crest Counseling and Educational Services

BlogHer Sponsor Love: EKSIT Strategies

The first step.

Many entrepreneurs get to the point in their business where they start thinking about what might come next. While most business owners are comfortable thinking about these things in the abstract, actually engaging in the process can be an extremely emotional step to take, and is often one that seems incredibly daunting.

EKSIT Strategies has developed a process specifically designed to make navigating those waters less intimidating.

The First Step is a two component based system that takes you through everything from identifying shareholder goals and expectations, to growth opportunity analysis and contingency planning. The sessions are led by an EKSIT Advisor who works with you to identify your key goals and opportunities for the future. 

What's even better about The First Step is that it has a fixed price. Many business consultants will tell you that they cannot give you even an estimate, let alone a fixed price, to help you work through the process of figuring out where to take your business. EKSIT Strategies has broken down those barriers and offers real solutions for an intensive program that is tailored to your needs.

What's your future? What's your EKSIT?

BlogHer Sponsor Love: EKSIT Strategies...Mompreneur Tips


When talking with Colin and Trevor from EKSIT Strategies about mompreneurs {and entrepreneurs} who are just starting out, their number one tip was

Know what you know, and know what you don't know

I couldn't agree more, and thought that it was a really great topic for their sponsor post this month. I am a firm believer in excelling in a few, rather than being mediocre at alot, and Colin spoke volumes to that.

He said that there are alot of specialists out there, like those who specialize in legal services, tax strategies and things like that, and alot of new businesses could find themselves in tough spots if they haven't gotten the proper advice from those people; thereby admitting what it is that they don't know, which for women in general {sorry to say...} is difficult.

When I think about what it is that I know as a mompreneur, I know how to structure my time wisely, how to create some gorgeous pieces of art and how to network throughout the proper social media channels to engage with other bloggers and like minded individuals.

What I don't know is how to stay on top of my Quickbooks, how to increase my sales naturally, or how to get the most bang for my advertising buck.

I know that I know, and I know what I don't's the perfect time to implement a business strategy with the guys at EKSIT Strategies.

BlogHer Sponsor Love: EKSIT Strategies

If you’re an entrepreneur, you probably have tonnes and tonnes of questions swirling around your head.

What sets my business apart from others like me?

What phase of business am I in?

Do I want to grow it?

Am I looking to sell it in a year…5 years…10 years?

How do I get to where I want to be?

How do I reach my business goals?

This is when working with a business consultant would be extremely beneficial.

Managing Director with EKSIT Strategies, Colin Szemenyei, says that their company is approaching business owners in a more practical and relatable way.

“A lot of the time, the problem that business owners have in working with a consultant is that they don’t really understand what they’re getting into, what the process will be like, what it’s going to cost and what they’re going to get out of it,” he says.

So, what is the process like in working with a business consultant to help shape your company and ensure you achieve your goals?

Colin says that the process should be very collaborative and focused on providing value. When he says that they approach things differently, he means that they lay out a detailed plan, explain the value that your company will gain in working with EKSIT Strategies, and provide an upfront cost so you know what you’re getting into, rather than being handed a huge bill at the end of the process like most business consultant firms.

So, consider what your business goals are. Are they strictly monetary? Are you looking to pass your company down through the generations? Are you looking to sell it outright and retire? Whatever the case, working with EKSIT Strategies will make those goals clear and will pave the way for the next phase of your life…whatever that may be.