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
||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
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, Jobing.com, 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.