Bruce Blackwell

Managing Partner,has two decades of corporate marketing and management experience. Early in his career, he was an award-winning editor and nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for Gannett Newspapers. He later became Vice President of Marketing for The People’s Choice cable TV network before transitioning into the motion picture industry, where he was Director of Marketing and Corporate Affairs for New Line Cinema and Director of Publicity for MGM. While with Marketing Corporation of America, Bruce consulted for companies like IBM, 3M, GE, Avon, Lorillard, and Burger King. Subsequently, he was on the U.S. Executive Committee for BASYS, the world’s largest broadcast automation software development firm. Before founding Career Strategies, he had been a Branch Manager and Senior Consultant for two of the leading career development firms in the Northeast. A noted author and lecturer on career issues, Bruce has presented career transition seminars for corporations, professional groups, civic organizations and government agencies throughout the U.S., including the FDIC, State of Connecticut Legal Services division, the NJ Bar’s Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the New York County Lawyers Association, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Connecticut Law Tribune and The New York State Bar Association, among others.


Douglas S. Brown, J.D.

Partner and Consultant, is currently the Executive Director of the Connecticut Bar Association. He is an attorney, educator and former senior corporate executive with 20+ years of experience helping lawyers, law firms and corporations grow profitably. Doug is, himself,  a former client of Career Strategies and is a highly successful graduate of our re-careering program. Doug has traveled the same road taken by our clients and is an expert in working with professionals and adults to both plan and execute career growth strategies. Doug began his career in private practice with Tyler Cooper & Alcorn in Connecticut before becoming Corporate Counsel and Director of Legal Services for Kuehne & Nagel, Inc. His business roles included VP of Operations Administration, Divisional VP and ultimately Global Vice President. Doug holds degrees in Finance and Managerial Statistics from The Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. He earned his law degree, cum laude, from The American University – Washington College of Law, where he was an Editor of the International Law Review. Doug is a contributor Fox Business, INC Magazine and The Hartford Business Journal. He is program faculty at ALI-CLE, is a frequent CLE presenter and columnist on practice management for The Connecticut Lawyer Magazine. Doug also served as a professor and Academic Program Manager for the MBA Program offered by The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business at Post University where he helped adult learners maximize career potential.


Walter Hampton

Senior Consultant; President, President of Summit Success, LLC, a leadership training company. Walt is a cum laude graduate of Cornell Law School and spent 25 years as a commercial litigator. He was also the managing partner of a well respected law firm. Walt made a dramatic career change himself and is now an internationally known coach, lecturer, best-selling author and motivational speaker. (He credits Career Strategies for having provided the impetus for this change!) Walt works around the globe with C-level executives, business leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs to accelerate leadership effectiveness, teach peak performance skills and drive business and personal success. A dynamic motivational and keynote speaker who has inspired audiences worldwide, Walt is also the author of “Journeys on the Edge: Living a Life That Matters,” named one of the Top 10 Non-Fiction Books for 2013 by Amazon.


2013 Welch Photo 1Carroll Welch

Consultant; President, Carroll Welch Consulting. Carroll is a career coach and counselor and former practicing attorney. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1985 and the University of Virginia School of law in 1989. After law school, Carroll practiced commercial litigation and employment law at two major law firms, Jackson Lewis and Winthrop Stimson (now Pillsbury Winthrop). She has a certificate in Executive and Organizational Coaching from New York University and is a member of the International Coach Federation. Carroll is on the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Women in the Profession Committee and is past Chair and Member of its Career Advancement and Management Committee. Before founding her own firm, Carroll worked for several years as a career advisor and program director at New Directions, Pace Law School’s nationally recognized attorney re-entry program. New Directions is designed to help attorneys re-enter the workforce after prolonged absences.