Angela I. Schutz is a consultant and entrepreneur who has dedicated her life to guiding others to explore and find their employment potential. Since 2009, she has been the managing director of Driven to Succeed Consulting LLC, where she has provided resume, career, and job interview coaching to thousands of clients. Ms. Schutz began her journey studying psychology. After earning an Associate of Arts from South Central Community College in 1992, she continued her education at Southern Connecticut State University, completing a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 1994. Ms. Schutz was awarded a Master of Arts in community psychology by the University of New Haven in 1997, and chose to remain at the school in an administrative role, accepting a position as assistant dean of academic services in 2000.
Ms. Schutz received a higher education management certificate from Wellesley College in 2005, and departed the University of New Haven the same year to explore career consulting. In 2006, she became a Lee Hecht Harrison career coach, and in 2008, she joined both Career Curves and Women for Hire as a conference speaker and senior career coach. Combining her diverse professional experience with her long-standing passion for helping women define career success, Ms. Schutz thrived in her roles with both companies, and she remains affiliated with Career Curves to the present. By 2009, she had started to suffer from feelings that she was ineffective or lacked power in certain situations, and began working with author and motivational speaker Jack Canfield, who selected her as one of just 100 participants in his initial “Train the Trainer” program.
The experience was formative for Ms. Schutz, who left with a new desire to expand both her creative and her business ventures. Driven to Succeed Consulting LLC was launched later that year to pass along valuable resume-writing and presentation skills and give job-seekers the tools and strategies necessary to prepare for their dream roles. She notes that she has helped applicants successfully negotiate for over $20,000 more than their current salaries, and emphasizes that “people put up roadblocks for themselves,” and that the majority of obstacles that job-seekers face are simply psychological. Since 2011, Ms. Schutz has been adjunct faculty at Gateway Community College and Norwalk Community College in addition to her consulting work, and she is the founder of a scholarship fund at Gateway Community College that is currently in its 10th year of disbursement.
Ms. Schutz is the author of a book, “Finding the Perfect Job,” which was published 2012, and has written a variety of shorter works for all occasions, including poetry, magazine and blog articles, and memorials. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and a certified Myers-Briggs type indicator test proctor. In five years, she hopes to still have the opportunity to work with people and share her skills, and she plans to continue teaching and coaching for as long as she is able. She attributes her success to the values and resiliency that she learned from her mother, Marion Iovieno, adding that she lives by the philosophy that there is something good in every adversity we face and something to learn from every hardship. In her personal time, Ms. Schutz is active in charity and creates knitted healing shawls for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.