Nan S. Russell ( left the east coast corporate world to pursue her dream to launch a second-act career working and writing from the Rocky Mountains, first from northwestern Montana, where she wrote four books including: Hitting Your Stride, Trust, Inc., and The Titleless Leader. Her fifth book, It’s Not About Time, was written while relocating to the Front Range region of Colorado to be closer to family.

Today, Nan is an award-winning author, workplace consultant, national speaker, Winning at Working columnist, and former host of Work Matters with Nan Russell, a nationally syndicated radio show.

Previously, Nan’s first-act career included more than 20 years in management where she held executive positions in human resources, communication, marketing, and line management. She was the architect and influence leader of a culture transformation for 10,000 employees. Nan has a B.A. from Stanford University in Psychology and a M.A. from the University of Michigan in Educational Psychology.

Nan learned early that even a Stanford education wouldn’t protect her from job loss. Fired from her first professional position, her career ultimately followed a winding path from minimum wage employee to Vice President of a multi-billion dollar company. In roles transforming a corporate culture to heading a new subsidiary, the launch of which was reported in both The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, Nan brings real-world perspectives with both a motivational and business context.

During the Great Recession, she wrote NEXT! Rebooting After Job Loss, which was used as foundational materials for “Rebooting After Job Loss,” a seminar she designed and taught during that time. As a result of the 2020 Pandemic and the associated job loss, Nan is currently working on, Moving Through Job Loss: 30 Days of Reflections and Tips for Tapping Your Resilience. That download will be available first to subscribers of her Winning at Working eNewletter; sign up on her website.

Currently, Nan is president of MountainWorks Communications LLC, a company she founded in 2006 to support her passion for helping organizations build winning work cultures, and helping people bring the best of who they are to the world, realize their dreams, and live their life’s potential. She is also working toward a next dream: a third-act career as a mystery writer.

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Hit Pause! Take Today Off!

Yes, that’s right. Take today off. No job hunting. No interviews. No follow-up. No chores. No tasks. No worrying. No planning. No fretting. Today is a “Pause Day.” Sometimes the only way we can move forward is to pause. A pause day is a day to renew ourselves, and draw an emotional line in the […]

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We All Need Help Sometimes

Nan Russell shares the wonderful benefits of accepting – and giving – help, in your job search and in life.

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3 Evergreen Keys to Job Loss Recovery

Nan Russell offers 3 key values that will help you navigate through your job loss to success.

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3 Tracks to Accelerate Job Loss Recovery

Nan Russell offers 3 important tracks that will help you to accelerate your recovery.

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Coming to Terms with Change: Letting Go

Nan Russell describes the stages in the first step in coming to terms with change, letting go.

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3 Questions to Move From Job Loss to Career Success

Nan Russell suggests 3 questions job seekers should ask themselves about their job loss to continue their career success.

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Handling Job Loss Worries

Nan Russell offers 4 methods for handling the worries that can be overwhelming after a job loss.

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Trusting Again: A Missing Key to Your Future

Nan Russell offers 4 ways to recover your ability to trust, an important part of recovering from job loss and a key to future success.

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Reclaiming Your Career Prosperity: Don’t Budge on These 4 Needs

Nan Russell offers 4 must-haves for you to navigate job search successfully to career prosperity.

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7 Steps to Re-Start Your Job Search Momentum with Positive Actions

Nan Russell offers 7 steps, one for each day of the week, to begin making the positive actions that will help restart your job search momentum.

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4 Things You Should Know About Your Job Loss

Nan Russell offers 4 very important things to know about your job loss, if you are currently unemployed.

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How to Get Your Job Search Unstuck

Nan Russell provides a 5-step process for getting unstuck if your job search is bogged down.

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