Who We Are
Shela C. Turpin-Forster is the founder and senior associate of Creative Change Careers, LLC, a firm that delivers cutting-edge career development and job search services to individuals in transition.
Shela has worked in this field for over a decade, first starting as a certified associate with Lee, Hecht, Harrison (LHH). She helped staff the Exxon-Mobil Transition Center for LHH in the late '90s. Certified as a Career and Job Transition Coach by the Career Planning and Adult Development Network, Shela has developed an outcome-based approach to this work that requires a clear definition of client objectives and explicit plans for achieving them.
Herself the graduate of several careers, Ms. Turpin-Forster's background includes 14 years of self-employed consulting to employee-owned companies with clients such as SAIC, Cranston Print Works, and Avery-Dennison. Her communications programs and videos in that work won national recognition. Prior to that, Shela was Government Relations Counsel for a commercial banking association where she served as White House Liaison. She began working in the DC area after college when she came to the National Science Foundation as an Administrative Intern and later worked for higher education associations including The University of California's Washington Office.
Shela has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center as well as an M.A. in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University. Her undergraduate degree was from Wake Forest University where she majored in psychology. She is from High Point, NC.
Ms. Turpin-Forster is a member of the Maryland Career Development Association (MCDA) and served as Communications Chair of the DC Chapter of the Association of Career Professionals, International (ACPI). She is also a member of the International Coaches Federation (ICF).
Shela works with a network of specialist colleagues who are available for defined-coverage and full-coverage referral for clients in such areas as federal employment and legal employment.
"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature,...Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."
"Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal."
"The secret of success is constancy of purpose."
"There is only one success—to be able to spend your life in your own way."