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Joyce Cohen to Deliver Commencement Address

Joyce Cohen, a 1967 graduate of Keuka College and a leading figure in the field of career development and life planning for more than 25 years, will deliver the commencement address at her alma mater Sunday, May 27.

Keuka’s 104th commencement will begin at 12:30 p.m. on the Norton Chapel lawn.

Founder and president of Unconventional Wisdom LLC, a life planning consulting agency, Cohen is an experienced consultant, workshop facilitator, life coach, outplacement counselor, and creator of updated credentials. She has worked with more than 350 companies, universities, and government agencies in this country and abroad.With Career Systems International, she facilitates career development programs, career coaching for managers, retention/engagement, and mentoring processes. She certifies trainers and has delivered hundreds of customized programs in domestic and global settings, consulted with Fortune 500 clients, provided executive coaching, and facilitated retirement planning workshops.

Cohen has published newsletters on career/personal growth and writes a career/life planning blog for Hearst Connecticut Media Group titled Gameplans for Life & Work. She co-authored a chapter in The Talent Management Handbook 2010 and created Diving In To Living… My Way, a popular mid-life transition workshop that includes eight accompanying guides plus user-friendly tools “to assist adults in figuring out what’s next.”

Speaking on topics related to career development, job search, first job jitters, engaging generations, and mid-life transitions, she has delivered keynote addresses to governor’s conferences, professional associations, and conferences around the country.

Cohen, who teaches an online undergraduate course in lifework planning, was recognized by former Connecticut Governor William O’Neill for outstanding contributions to career education.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Keuka and a master’s in education from the University of Pittsburgh.

A member of the Keuka Board of Trustees, Cohen frequently returns to her alma mater to lead career planning programs targeted at students. She received the Alumni Association’s Eleanor Judd Wilkes Service to Keuka Award in 2002.


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