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Ascend Ascend

As one of the nation's most tenured and esteemed professional development and career management firms, we have been a leading provider of career and executive coaching, career outplacement services, and high-impact corporate workshops since 2001. Ascend Career and Life Strategies, LLC helps organizations improve productivity, maximize leadership effectiveness, and reduce workplace turnover. We work in partnership with organizations in designing and implementing professional development, coaching, and career outplacement programs to proactively prepare, guide, and transition employees to meet today’s market and workforce needs.

We also assist individuals in identifying their ideal career path and then in assembling a high-impact and action-oriented plan for getting them hired regardless of the strength of the current economy. By utilizing a combination of progressive job search tools, the latest technology, and forward-thinking career coaching techniques, we have become one of the nation’s most successful career development firms – helping professionals land a better job with more pay in an expedite manner.

Founder and President, Donald J. Strankowski

Ascend As an expert in professional development and performance improvement, Donald has parlayed more than 20 years of experience, research, and accomplishments in founding Ascend Career and Life Strategies. He has had successful careers in sales, management, sales training, and recruiting. His real-world experience ranges from start-up organizations to Fortune 500 companies with esteemed positions being held at America Online, Exodus Communications, American Greetings, Sears, and Service Metrics.

Donald is the author of Get Hired! 10 Simple Steps for Winning the Job You Desire in Any Economy, New Strategies for a New Job Market, and the audio program Success is a Choice. He has been a columnist and career expert for U.S. News and World Report, 5280, Daily Camera, Denver Post, Colorado Company, Yahoo!, KWGN TV Denver, KMGH TV Denver, KUSA 9News Denver, KCNC TV Denver,, and is currently a regular guest on KDVR FOX 31 Good Day Colorado and a featured writer on

Through his seminars, keynote speeches, and workshops, Donald addresses thousands of people each year helping companies and individuals improve productivity by inspiring participants to reach their true potential. He is one of corporate America's most sought-after speakers on the topics of goal setting, attitude, and the psychology of success.

Ascend Career and Life Strategies, LLC
© 2001-2019, Don Strankowski, Boulder, CO
Your Professional Career Coach - Boulder and Denver, Colorado;
Chicago, Illinois; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Dallas, Texas; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Salt Lake City, Utah

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