Phyllis Pouyat Thibodeau is founder and CEO of Chesapeake Career Consulting, LLC. She is currently designing and delivering customized services for varied clients as Executive Career Consultant in DC Metro area and in communities surrounding the Chesapeake Bay Region.  Her mantra is “Think Globally, Act Locally” as she works with leaders,  career transitioners and students all focusing on issues of sustainability–from a variety of disciplinary viewpoints and changing workforce challenges.

Over the last 4 years, Phyllis supported career strategy plans to action for returning Peace Corps volunteers along with graduate students from around the globe, pursuing their Masters in International Sustainable Development with World Learning in Washington DC.   Previously, Phyllis served as Associate Director and Executive Career Coach for MBA Career & Professional Development at University of Maryland where she supported over 1,000 working professionals across industry sectors in the Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia region. She brings over 25-years of experience in both corporate and higher education management, combining expertise in human development, organizational systems, professional education and international program development. At both Cornell University and University System of Maryland, Phyllis has directed design and delivery of experiential learning, distance education and career oriented professional education and leadership development programs in traditional and non-traditional contexts. She is currently involved in a variety of community, education, business and professional networks invested in conservation education and sustainable development balancing the 3 E’s: Environment, Economy, Equity.

Phyllis completed her B.S. in Human Resources Development at SUNY and studied Creative Leadership at Cornell University. She holds a Master of Distance Education and additional certifications in Teaching, Technology and Environmental Education through Universities of Maryland. She is a Certified Master Coach, and active member of International Coach Federation. Phyllis is also active as a Master Gardener with UMD’s Cooperative Extension working with partners on conservation education and “grow it-eat it” projects, as well as a variety of “Green Economy” initiatives. In all of these efforts, she works with essential partners who share in the mission of “People & Planet Partnerships,” both on the Beltway side and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay.