After earning her doctorate in education at the University of Rochester, Marlene Caroselli left the public classroom and her native New York State in 1980 and headed to the West Coast. She soon began working as a manager for Trizec Properties, Inc. and as an adjunct professor for UCLA, Clemson University, Michigan State University, and National University. Her university work led to training contracts with the Department of Defense and with such Fortune 100 firms as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Allied-Signal.
In 1984, she founded the Center for Professional Development and began adding books to her list of professional achievements. Her first book, The Language of Leadership, was chosen a main selection by Newbridge’s Executive Development Book Club. Since that publication, she has written 44 additional books, including Quality Care, being offered as a three-day workshop by the American Society for Quality. Her latest book, Principled Persuasion: Influence with Integrity, Sell with Standards, was recently named a Director’s Choice by Doubleday Book Club.
MO: You started the Center for Professional Development in 1984 and written countless books, articles and blogs since. How would you say that the message for professional development has changed and evolved since you initially started?