Our Mission

To foster self-confidence; ignite purpose; encourage positive change; drive action.

We aim to help everyone who crosses our path — even if we never see them again. One idea, one phrase, even one word can make a world of difference.

Our Role


We provide fundamental strategies that bring out the best in you and help achieve results in life and work. We are with you every step of the way. So, get ready to get involved!


Our Promise

We vow to deliver our services to the best of our abilities and we guarantee satisfaction.

From the moment we connect to the conclusion of our engagement and beyond, we strive to exceed expectations in service, experience, and outcome.

Who We Are

Careers Advance is a full-service professional training and development firm. We provide tailored programs for growth-minded institutions; career/transition coaching and groundbreaking self-marketing tools for individual success seekers; and empowering speaking programs for all.

What We Do

We aid businesses and organizations in improving staff performance, increasing customer retention, and driving bottom-line results while guiding all-level professionals in navigating competitive job markets with tenacity and skill. We bridge the value gap between employers and employees!

Why You Succeed With Us

We take our role seriously, because every second counts. We dive deep to uncover our client's state of business, state of mind, assets, opportunities, and goals. We leverage fundamental and progressive insights to develop the most customized, personalized programs and services possible. And we deliver with a distinct blend of practicality and humor that inspires positive change in thought and behavior.

When we work together, Everyone's Mission IS Possible™!


Don't wait for change. Create change! Growth and transformation are at your fingertips.
Our programs and resources help individuals and businesses unlock potential and create paths to success.

Perception is reality. How do you manage the difference? We work with scientific-based tools that define what makes you tick (and what ticks you off). Balanced with effective coaching and action planning, we help individuals and teams leverage opportunities for personal and professional growth.

85% of leader's competencies are in the Emotional Intelligence domain. Our dynamic training programs educate current and aspiring leaders on how to fortify 'people skills', establish authority, cultivate trusting relationships, manage up, down and across, improve corporate culture, and drive organizational change.

Itching for a new job, promotion, new business? Your voice could be the deciding factor. We train in all aspects of presenting and public speaking. Learn how to influence any audience on any stage and increase credibility, visibility and mobility while boosting salary and revenue potential!

Define success on your terms and level the playing field! Our personalized coaching helps you clarify goals, polish your messaging, and wage job search campaigns with a competitive edge, from career planning, savvy networking and interviewing to job assimilation, performance reviews, and career management.

Competition is fierce! We craft powerful self-marketing tools that help you stand out. Groundbreaking résumés and cover letters, engaging LinkedIn profiles, professional bios, proof-based portfolios, and more. And we train on how to customize, optimize, and leverage your physical/digital brand presence.

Motivation, etiquette, soft skills, functional skills—We bridge the proficiency gap! From 'best hiring practices' to 'key performance enhancement' to 'customer service excellence' training, our programs equip managers and staff to exceed. We work to build top talent and increase engagement, productivity, accountability, and retention.

Ready to shift from employee to employer? Reduce the fear and embrace the excitement! We provide step-by-step strategies for career exit planning, operations set up, and business development and we guide you with proven tactics to handle pifalls in every phase of growth.

Got value? Get the word out! But do it right. The market is cluttered and consumers are savvy. We help start-ups, consultants, and growing firms hone messages and produce compelling collateral material for all business-building needs; from logos, brochures, and websites to proposals, pitch decks, and more. Don't just reach an audience. Connect with call-to-action power!

Technology has enabled us to connect to the world—but at what price? We bring back the human side of work and life. Our powerhouse programs blend humor with practicality to engage, rejuvenate, empower, and enlighten. Audiences smile throughout and walk away with fresh insights and strategies for immediate application.

Academic and peer pressures often lead to reduction in focus, low self-esteem and poor performance. We provide revolutionary career-prep and skill/character building programs that educate on the realities of college/work-world transition, improve self-image, and ready youth for success.

Corporate & Organizational Clients

We eagerly engage and effectively serve a broad range of Fortune 500 companies, local businesses, civic organizations, and educational institutions, including:

  • JPMorgan Chase
  • NYPD
  • Novartis
  • Seqirus
  • Mars, Inc.
  • Roche Pharmaceuticals
  • Wakefern
  • PriceRite
  • ShopRite
  • New York Public Library
  • Playland
  • NYU
  • Baruch College
  • Berkeley College
  • Manhattan College
  • The College of Westchester
  • Children's Tumor Foundation
  • Cathedral High School
  • Riverdale Kingsbridge Acad.
  • Fontbonne Hall Academy
  • Higher Horizons
  • NJ Education Association
  • American Society for Quality
  • Financial Women's Association
  • NSSP (Sherpa Network)
  • Junior League of Bergen Cnty
  • The Book Mark Shoppe
  • My Goal Autism
  • BCPWN (Bergen Network)
  • East Brunswick Public Library
  • Westchester County Center
  • Toastmasters International
  • National Afterschool Assoc.

  • Individual Clients

    With international reach and broad industry knowledge, we guide individuals in achieving the success they desire and deserve at every stage of their career journey:


    Entry-level Professionals



    Managers & Executives


    Career Changers

    Return-to-Work Professionals

    All Those in Transition


    Over 550,000 participants and thousands of individuals from around the world have experienced and benefited from our services. Here's what some of them have to say!

    Lisa is hands down one of the best trainers out there.
    She is full of energy and had our group laughing out loud while hammering her points home.

    Mary VerroneSenior Project ManagerMars, Inc.

    I'm filled with hope, optimism and inspiration. I look forward to receiving more of your strategies for strengthening my EQ. Thank you for helping me get to this better place.

    Colleen KochProject LeaderDove Chocolate

    Without exaggeration, yours is a most impressive presentation; the polished mix of information, personal anecdote, interactivity, humor, and flair is second to none.

    Captain SosnowickHead of Executive TrainingNYPD

    In the arena of talent development, Lisa's work is: Targeted, Dynamic and Empowering. She identifies client's specific needs and delivers key learning messages in a unique style with lasting impact.

    James BoydVP, Regulatory AffairsSanofi

    Lisa is the résumé writer's writer. I've been writing résumés for years, but when it came to my own, I hit a wall. Lisa helped me find hidden skills and tap into them. She helps you feel at ease as you work through this process.

    Heather VaughnProject ManagerAllstate

    Lisa is outstanding in every way—responsive, receptive, and incredibly articulate. She is my personal brand expert. Her writing and strategic communication have assisted me immensely in building new channels of business.

    Loretta SoffePrincipalLoretta Soffe Consulting

    When I needed a career coach and résumé guidance, I called on the expert I knew could help. Lisa guided me through the process of refining my experience while reminding me of all I have to offer. Priceless!

    Sherri RaseOutreach CoordinatorNJ Peace Action


    I've received more than 10 compliments about your Speak Like a Pro presentation.

    You were a huge hit!

    Rupal ShahVP, Private BankingJPMorgan Chase

    Lisa's 'Power of a Smile' presentation is absolutely life altering. It totally shifted the way I feel about myself. Lisa has the ability to bypass the head and penetrate the heart. ...hilarious, genuine and passionate, Lisa is the one.

    Quentin L. WhiteheadFounder & Co-OwnerMen of Visions World Wide

    Our Great Team

    Lisa Panarello

    Founder & President

    About Lisa

    Lisa Panarello founded Careers Advance in 2001 and built the practice into a recognized force in professional development, career coaching, and communication training.

    She has been featured on the CBS Early Show, Career Clinic Radio of Detroit, and other local broadcasts, and ranked among the Top 9 finalists in Toastmaster’s World Champion of Public Speaking Contest.

    For over 15 years, Lisa has been sought after by major corporate, civic and educational institutions, including Novartis, JPMorgan Chase, the NYPD, and Manhattan College. Her dynamic seminars and workshops have reached more than half a million students, professionals and executives nationwide.

    Simultaneously, Lisa has created revolutionary career-readiness curricula, written 2,000+ groundbreaking résumés and digital profiles, and coached thousands of individuals in turning frustrating job situations into exciting, lucrative careers.

    Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Lisa established her professional roots in the heart of New York City. Throughout 15+ years in the corporate sector, she successfully navigated a broad spectrum of industries and functions, including money market brokerage, publishing, marketing, retail operations, project management, and human resources.

    Lisa earned her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Baruch College and Certificate in Career Planning from NYU. She has studied and is well-practiced in John Holland Career Theory and TTI Success Insights™ Assessments, including DISC, Driving Forces, and Emotional Intelligence.




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    We operate with integrity. We deliver with passion. We continue to look for new solutions to serve our clients.

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