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Shela C. Turpin-Forster

Shela C. Turpin-Forster

Welcome to the personal information page of my Creative Life Transitions, LLC website. This coaching business and website supercede Creative Change Careers, LLC  under which name I’ve worked with clients for over 15  years. The new name and website represent more accurately the range of services I have developed over my coaching career.

My love of helping others create positive changes has combined with my own life experiences and interests to enable me to

  • help clients identify different careers and obtain new employment,
  • increase personal satisfaction for recent retirees and others in transition situations, and
  • motivate creative clients to greater productivity and increased enjoyment.

Perhaps the best endorsements any coach can have come from clients who’ve worked with that coach. With that in mind, I include the following recommendations from my LinkedIn page:

"Shela is a Coach’s Coach. I have mentored and coached many people over the years but quickly learned that you cannot coach yourself. I was referred to Shela w/ strong recommendations.It didn’t take long to understand why.”
Pat B., COO of DC Nonprofit

"Shela is terrific at her work! One of the most effective coaches I have ever worked with. I’d hire her again in a minute.”
Marcia R., former VP-HR for Inova & now Managing Director of HR Advisory Firm

"Shela has a wealth of resources and assessments to help you with your job search whether it is finding the right next step or thinking more holistically about your career. She understands how important it is to find the right fit."
N. R., NYC Foundation Program Officer

"...Her expertise enhanced my resume and overall marketing, including effective use of social media tools. One of the most valuable contributions she made was helping me navigate the challenges of a transition from consulting back to employment."
Molly F., Director at Major Health Association

"A fantastic motivator and dedicated career coach. I would highly recommend Shela to anyone seeking career guidance.”
Janet P., Executive Assistant to CEO of Nonprofit

Find these complete recommendations as well as others on Shela's LinkedIn Profile.



B.A., Psychology
Wake Forest University

Georgetown University

Georgetown University Law Center


Certified Career & Job Transition Coach by Career Planning and Adult Development Network.

Adjunct Faculty, National Leadership Institute, UMUC

Certified Associate, Lee, Hecht, Harrison (LHH)

Candidate in Training, Certification as Creativity Coach (CCA)



National Science Foundation
Intern & Program Assistant

University of California - D.C. Office
Assistant Director

American Bankers Association
Attorney and White House Liaison

ESOP - Incentive Strategies
Self-Employed Consultant


Shela is a member of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and the Maryland chapter (MCDA). She is a member of the Creativity Coaches’ Association (CCA) and a candidate-in-training for the CCA Certification. Actively involved in the Life Planning Network, she expects to become a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) in 2017.

Schedule Your Complimentary Call With Shela

I use the free client prospect phone call to introduce myself to you as well as to find out about who you are, your current life situation and what has motivated you to contact me. The nature of a successful coaching relationship requires that each party feel comfortable and open with the other person. Usually our compatibility can be determined by both of us in an initial call.

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