Edith Moricz-Cody, President
Voted Top 10 LinkedIn Coach 2020 #yahoo!finance, LinkedIn’s #1 Career Coach 2017 and as the founder of Fasttrack2YrDreamJob custom coaching program, it’s been a great joy helping professionals around the country land their dream job. My coaching program was inspired by my own job transition many years ago.
On October 30, 2020, I became President of the Professional Development Collaborative, Inc. I’ve been leading fundraising workshops at the PDC for 7 years now and, over the past year, consulting for the PDC in a marketing and fundraising capacity.
Based on my own 25 year career path in financial services, charitable fundraising, academia, workforce development training and coaching, I understand the importance of creating a tangible impact at organizations. I’ve been fortunate to have worked with many innovative, creative and highly accomplished professionals throughout my career path at Merrill Lynch, Fidelity Investments, Boston University, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary and JVS-Boston.
I obtained my undergrad and MBA degrees at Boston University. For the past 10 years, I have been teaching at numerous Boston private colleges as an adjunct business professor. In addition, I am a Strong Interest Inventory® Certified Practitioner.
I look forward to collaborating with PDC’s Founder, President Emeritus and Senior Advisor Larry Elle. PDC will continue supporting and empowering talented professionals in Massachusetts and beyond in advancing their career and life goals by providing effective, efficient and affordable training.
I look forward to partnering with organizations and their leaders throughout the community to ensure that diversity and inclusiveness, both with the training resources and tools we offer as well as the audiences we support, are achieved.
Larry Elle, President Emeritus and Senior Advisor
Larry Elle has devoted much of his life to helping people through career transitions. He has been a career counselor for 20 years; a former facilitator of WIND South, a networking group for transitioning professionals; and, since 2008, served as president of the Professional Development Collaborative (PDC) until October 30, 2020.
The idea for the PDC originated in 2004 as an “off-shoot” of WIND South. Elle and a few WIND participants wanted to start an organization that could help people acquire new skills. While they began organizing the new entity, the PDC didn’t officially start until years later in 2008, with Elle as the driving force. It became a recognized 501 (c) 3 non-profit in 2011.
A former social worker, Elle once worked as a clinician in large outplacement centers for people laid off from Boston-area businesses like Wang Computer, Proctor & Gamble and the South Weymouth Naval Air Station. He provided clinical counseling to people who were in crisis and also in career change, and, later, decided to start his own career counseling company, Success Associates Career Services. He has a unique combination of experience that very few career counselors can match. His clinical training helps him understand the emotional and attitudinal issues that hold job seekers back and his 17 years facilitating networking groups gave him an unparalleled depth of knowledge about challenges facing job seekers and the Boston area labor market and Boston area employers.
Elle’s extensive, diverse background will serve him well as PDC’s Senior Advisor.
He still provides private career counseling services to Boston area professionals and presents on career issues to local alumni and professional groups such as Northeastern University, Tufts University, and Women in Publishing. Larry is a Nationally Certified Career and Job Transition Coach and MBTI Administrator. Larry recently produced Power Networking: The Path to Job Search Success, a DVD available on his company website, www.careersuccessassociates.com.
Larry trained in History and Psychology at the State University College in Buffalo, New York and at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the published author of Community Connections: Resources for Massachusetts Unemployed (1994 and 1998), and Not So Long Ago: Oral Histories of Older Bostonians. He has been featured on New England Cable News and in local print media including the Quincy Patriot Ledger. He’s developed a reputation for excellence among his peers and his former clients.
Tom Archer, Treasurer
Tom Archer, CMA is a Certified QuickBooks Pro-Advisor and serves as a Financial Consultant to a number of Small Business and Non-Profit organizations. Tom is also a volunteer and Board member to several charitable groups. He possesses over 20 years’ experience in providing firms with accounting assistance, business planning, tax preparation and auditing services. He holds a BS in Finance from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA from Bryant University.
Erinda Spiro, Advisory Board member
Ms. Spiro has over 12 years of experience in higher education administration, research, teaching, business development, and health and wellness consulting, and intercultural affairs. She has experience in both the public and private sectors. In her current position as a business owner and consultant, Ms. Spiro provides leadership, guidance, support, and training to develop business ventures, healthy lifestyles, and to implement actionable steps to achieve goals. She studied and lived on two continents: South-Eastern Europe (Albania) and North America (USA). Her education began at Fan S. Noli School, Tirana, Albania; before attending secondary schools in Massachusetts, and universities in New England: (BA in Psychology) Boston University; (M.Ed. Higher Education Administration) Northeastern University; and various certifications at Harvard University. She co-authored research articles and a book chapter at Boston University on Peace and Reconciliation; co-developed the survey, coding manual, recruited and trained subjects, and analyzed research data.