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Lori Young

Director of the Career Center

Oberlin College

Lori Young was named Director of the Career Center at Oberlin College where she leads a dynamic team of talented professionals who support an increasing amount of students in creating professional networks and preparing for meaningful careers. In this role, she returned to higher education and career development after spending the last decade developing leaders in organizations as an executive coach and consultant.

Lori has over 20 years of experience as an executive coach, trainer and designer of nationally award-winning accelerated leadership development programs. Her passion is to serve others through coaching and teaching by introducing strategies and tools to reach their goals with more ease and efficiency. Before joining Oberlin College, she was the Principal of Ready Now, LLC, an executive coaching practice, to serve the needs of individual leaders and organizations to accelerate their leadership and career development. She also served as Director of Leadership Development for the Cleveland Clinic, where she led the leadership development strategy for over 3,500 leaders including leadership forums, leadership tracks, accelerated development programs for high potentials, assessments and executive coaching. She also spent six years leading and designing career and leadership development programs for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Her design and management of the Emerging Leader Program earned her the American Society of Training & Development “Excellence in Practice” award in 2010. During the first 15 years of her career, Lori led career development and academic support programs at Case Western Reserve University, The University of Georgia and Baldwin-Wallace University.

Lori holds multiple coaching and assessment certifications. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation as well as a Gallup Strengths Performance Coach, Leadership Maturity Framework Coach and Job and Career Transition Coach. She is certified to administer the Hogan Assessment Suite, Emotional and Social Competency Inventory, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest inventory. She has a Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Ashland University.

Lori resides in Rocky River, Ohio with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys making the most use of her green space with perennial and vegetable gardens, staying fit, and watching her daughters on the volleyball court after “retiring” from the sport herself.