Team Biographies

Bruce Blackwell

Managing Partner,has two decades of corporate marketing and management experience. Early in his career, he was an award-winning editor and nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for Gannett Newspapers. He later became Vice President of Marketing for The People’s Choice cable TV network before transitioning into the motion picture industry, where he was Director of Marketing and Corporate Affairs for New Line Cinema and Director of Publicity for MGM. While with Marketing Corporation of America, Bruce consulted for companies like IBM, 3M, GE, Avon, Lorillard, and Burger King. Subsequently, he was on the U.S. Executive Committee for BASYS, the world’s largest broadcast automation software development firm. Before founding Career Strategies, he had been a Branch Manager and Senior Consultant for two of the leading career development firms in the Northeast. A noted author and lecturer on career issues, Bruce has presented career transition seminars for corporations, professional groups, civic organizations and government agencies throughout the U.S., including the FDIC, State of Connecticut Legal Services division, the NJ Bar Association and  Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the New York County Lawyers Association, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Connecticut Law Tribune, the National Constitution Center and The New York State Bar Association, among others.

Douglas S. Brown, J.D.

Partner Emeritus and Consultant, is the former Executive Director of the Connecticut Bar Association. He is an attorney, educator and former senior corporate executive with 25+ years of experience helping lawyers, law firms and corporations grow profitably. Doug is, himself,  a former client of Career Strategies and is a highly successful graduate of our re-careering program. Doug has traveled the same road taken by our clients and is an expert in working with professionals and adults to both plan and execute career growth strategies. Doug began his career in private practice with Tyler Cooper & Alcorn in Connecticut before becoming Corporate Counsel and Director of Legal Services for Kuehne & Nagel, Inc. His business roles included VP of Operations Administration, Divisional VP and ultimately Global Vice President. Doug holds degrees in Finance and Managerial Statistics from The Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. He earned his law degree, cum laude, from The American University – Washington College of Law, where he was an Editor of the International Law Review. Doug is a contributor Fox Business, INC Magazine and The Hartford Business Journal. He is program faculty at ALI-CLE, is a frequent CLE presenter and columnist on practice management for The Connecticut Lawyer Magazine. Doug also served as a professor and Academic Program Manager for the MBA Program offered by The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business at Post University where he helped adult learners maximize career potential.

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Walter Hampton

Senior Consultant Emeritus; President, President of Summit Success, LLC, a leadership training company. Walt is a cum laude graduate of Cornell Law School and spent 25 years as a commercial litigator. He was also the managing partner of a well respected law firm. Walt made a dramatic career change himself and is now an internationally known coach, lecturer, best-selling author and motivational speaker. (He credits Career Strategies for having provided the impetus for this change!) Walt works around the globe with C-level executives, business leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs to accelerate leadership effectiveness, teach peak performance skills and drive business and personal success. A dynamic motivational and keynote speaker who has inspired audiences worldwide, Walt is also the author of “Journeys on the Edge: Living a Life That Matters,” named one of the Top 10 Non-Fiction Books for 2013 by Amazon.

Nat Caputi, Ph.D.

Consultant; President, N.Caputi Associates. Dr. Caputi has more than 30 years of career guidance experience. His background includes recruiting, outplacement, leadership training and personal career management. A noted author and lecturer, Dr. Caputi has authored the published work, “Job Hunting: The Game and Playbook.” In addition to his work with Career Strategies, Dr. Caputi is a career advisor for a major outplacement firm, and maintains a private career guidance practice in Pennsylvania. He has worked across a wide range of industries, with particular experience in consumer products, the luxury and cosmetic sectors, HR, legal, aerospace and technology. Nat holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Human Behavior, Psychology and Religion from Drew University, and B.A. in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson. He was also in the Honors Program at the Boston College Business School. Dr. Caputi has provided career management and leadership training programs for Prudential Insurance, Lockheed Martin, Verizon, Colgate-Palmolive, and many others.

Barbara Berger

Consultant; President, Career Wellness Partners. Barbara brings over 20 years of HR and managerial  experience in corporate, small business and entrepreneurial organizations, and runs a career transition practice in Pennsylvania. Barbara began her career in advertising, then transitioned into Human Resources. As a former Hiring Manager for an HR outsourcing company, she reviewed thousands of resumes and interviewed hundreds of candidates for executive-level positions. She has a BA in  Communications `and Journalism from Shippensburg University. Barbara earned her Certified Professional Coach and Certified Career Coach certifications at World Coach Institute. She is a member of the National Career Development Association, a hiring insights resource and blogger for SAP’s TalentConnect platform, and was a presenter at the Lehigh Valley Society of Human Resource Management Conference in 2017 on “How to Turn Employee Career Ruts into Career Action Plans.”