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.