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Television 

For high school and college students, choosing the right college, major, internships and career can be overwhelming. Jody Michael shares her insights on how to best prepare your child for college and career. 
Good Day Chicago, Preparing for College, May 20, 2015

Jody Michael Associates has also been featured on MSNBC Primetime, PBS, CNN, Discovery Channel and NBC’s “Today Show.”

Film

Interviewed in FLOORED, a documentary about floor trading, 2010
For more information about the documentary, visit flooredthemovie.com.

Radio 

It's the end of an era — as the Chicago trading pits close, Jody Michael reflects on her experiences as one of the first female traders at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. 
National Public Radio (WBEZ),
Closing time for Chicago's trading pits, July 2, 2015

Why do some people take more risks than others? In this NPR series, Jody Michael shares her personal experience and professional insight regarding the psychology of risk, as it relates to trading.
National Public Radio (WBEZ)
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Are some people hard-wired to take more risks than others?, October 14, 2013

WGN, “Chicago Confidential,” Fall 2010

Print

Jody Michael shares the tumultuous journey of her childhood and young adult years and the life-changing lesson she learned: Letting go of the rigid mindset of what is wrong/right, good/bad is the key that unlocks the space to forgive — and to find profound peace. 
The Huffington Post, The Freedom of Forgiveness, April 1, 2016 

How can you assess a company's commitment to work-life balance without raising a red flag during the hiring process? Jody Michael shares her insights with Dice, a technology-focused career website.
DiceEvaluating a Company's Work-Life Balance, March 23, 2016 

The closing of the Chicago trading pits has left many traders in a quandary over what to do with the next chapter of their career. Jody Michael talks about her own trading experience, and how pit traders can use their transferable skills to successfully transition to a new career — one that offers the freedom, risk and reward that they love.
eFinancialCareersLife After the Pits: How "Dinosaur" Traders are Reinventing Themselves, November 24, 2015 

High school and college can be overwhelming times in your child's life. Students have a world of career options before them, but many struggle with how to narrow it all down. Jody Michael discusses how to best navigate this transition and identify your child's best career fit.
Star-Telegram, Helping Our Kids' Careers, July 26, 2015

Members of the baby boomer generation are staying in the workforce longer than previous generations. Jody Michael weighs in on the trend and explains why you're never too old for a career change. 
PRMHow Baby Boomers Are Re-Entering the Workforce, June 5, 2015

We're thrilled to announce that Jody Michael Associates has earned the esteemed 2014 Angie's List Super Service Award in the categories of Career Coach and Life Coach. The award reflects an exemplary year of service provided to members of Angie's List and the local services marketplace. 
News release, April 16, 2015

If you're unhappy in your career, don't wait for external factors to force you to change. Jody Michael highlights how she proactively approached change to create a career she loves. 
The Huffington Post, Spring Cleaning of the Soul: A Strategic Process for Planning Your Career, April 14, 2015

Staying motivated and confident while unemployed can be extremely challenging. Jody Michael shares her insights on how to keep your edge while unemployed. 
Pluralsight, How to Keep Your Edge While You're Unemployed, February 23, 2015

Jody Michael shares her advice for women who feel empty, unfullfilled or confused about their next steps as they enter a new chapter of their lives.
Make It Better, Life Coaches' Best Advice for the New Year, December 22, 2014

A 45-minute phone call with Michael Jackson shaped the trajectory of my life. I was 16 years old when our conversation taught me an invaluable lesson about the importance of being fearless and tenacious in pursuit of my goals — a powerful lesson for all of us.  
The Huffington Post, What 45 Minutes With Michael Jackson Taught Me, October 28, 2014

Everyone knows that internships are a fantastic way to build your resume, make valuable connections and test out a career field, but people often overlook the power of externships. Jody Michael shares her insights for why and how to find an externship that will help you refine your career goals. 
InternMatch4 Reasons to Find an Externship, September 22, 2014

Considering starting a side business? Jody Michael discusses how to brainstorm for business ideas, as well as how to prepare for and promote your product or service. 
Money Under 30, For Part-time Entrepreneurs, How To Find A Side Business And Make It Successful, August 12, 2014

Millennials face many stereotypes in the workplace, but the secret to a successful interview is learning to embrace and use them to your advantage. Jody Michael shares strategies for how to effectively respond to employers' concerns and land the internship or job. 
InternMatchMillennials: Using Stereotypes to Your Advantage, August 1, 2014

Jody Michael reflects on her experience as one of the first female traders on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and shares her best leadership advice for women who want to thrive in the workplace. 
The Huffington Post, Leadership Advice for Women: The Mistakes We Make, July 9, 2014

The firing of New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson, known for her brusque and polarizing management style, set off a debate on gender equality in the workplace. Jody Michael weighs in on the underlying causes of abrasive leadership and how executive coaching can help leaders gain the insight and self-awareness required to succeed.
Crain’s Chicago BusinessHow female execs can avoid a NY Times-style epic fail, May 20, 2014

Deciding to pursue – and invest in – another degree is a big decision. But where should the decision-making process begin? As a career coach who has advised prospective students for over 20 years, Jody Michael offers her insights on what to think about before going back to school. 
Chicago Tribune, Fill in these answers before going back to school, April 28, 2014

Many clients enter Jody Michael's coaching office echoing the same pain-ridden battle cry: "I'm overwhelmed. I'm overworked. I want to quit my job now." But within a few months, they perceive their work – and even their life – much differently. How? It all comes down to two questions: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" and "How do you define happiness?"
Choice MagazineRedefining Happiness at Work, December 2013

Starting a business with your partner creates new challenges in a relationship. Yet, Jody Michael and Cathy Cullen did just that when developing Career Cheetah, a company that provides a revolutionary, fast and individualized way to discover your best career fit.
Chicago Tribune, Entrepreneur couples make each other their business, October 22, 2013

Complacency is one of the biggest mistakes a leader can make. As Jody Michael discusses in this article, leaders at all levels need to be able to shift perspectives, take in multiple points of reference, and execute change with agility and fluidity.
INSIGHT Magazine, Are You Fit to Lead?, Summer 2013

Within the workplace, coaching can be the catalyst to improve leadership skills, promote better communication, increase performance and transform the culture of an entire organization. In this article, Jody Michael shares her insights regarding the most important tools, strategies and metrics to use to achieve dramatic, enduring change.
Choice Magazine, Coaching & Performance: Coaching as a Catalyst for Performance Improvement, March 2013

Are you wishing you had a more flexible work schedule, but not sure how to approach your boss? Jody Michael shares tips on how to make the most effective request.
Make It Better, Time Is Luxury: How to Get a Flexible Work Schedule (page 86), October 2012

Thinking of going to graduate school, but intimidated by the thought of balancing it with your other responsibilities? Jody Michael shares her advice on how to juggle school, work and family.
Chicago Tribune, Juggling School, Work, Family, Feb. 2, 2012

Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to find a new job? Jody Michael explains how to effectively search for a job and stay positive during the process.
Chicago Tribune, Keep New Year’s Resolutions Simple, Achievable, December 28, 2011

Jody Michael shares her experiences as a trader that prepared her to effectively serve this niche coaching group.
Chicago Tribune, Coach Guides Traders Whose Life is the Pits, Jan. 27, 2010

 

Up front, Jody focused on getting to know the professional environment in which I am immersed daily, as well as me personally. We then engaged in a coaching process that was transformational. Remarkable results, personal satisfaction, and a sense of harmony followed in an effortless manner.”

-- Frank Pacholec, VP of Research & Development, Corporate Sustainability Officer, Stepan Company
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