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Taunee Besson

Taunee Besson, CMF, is president of Career Dimensions, Inc., a consulting firm founded in 1979, which works with individual and corporate clients in career change; job search; executive, small business and life coaching; college major selection and talent management.

 "One of the smartest minds in the career field," according to Tony Lee (VP of CareerCast Operations at Adicio and former publisher of the Wall Street Journal's Online Vertical Network), Besson began writing for the Dallas Times Herald in the early 80s. Having read several of her columns, Lee asked her to contribute regular articles to the Journal’s National Business Employment Weekly (NBEW) as well. Since then, she has been a triple award-winning columnist for  and Senior Columnist for, as well as and At Lee’s request, Besson authored five editions  of NBEW's Premier Guide to Resumes and three of its Premier Guide to Cover Letters. She has also authored articles and/or been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Business Week, Time, Smart Money and Yahoo among others.

In 2000, she and Gerry Myers co-founded Advisory Link, Inc., which helped organizations increase their number of women employees, managers, executives and customers by developing and facilitating external Women's Advisory Boards and Exec-U-Link mastermind groups. Out of 470 entries, the firm was named as a 2005 Stevie Award Finalist for Women Entrepreneurs in both the "Women Helping Women" and "Community Involvement Program of the Year" categories.

Since 1995, Besson has been giving back to her profession as a director and member of the World Council of the Association of Career Professionals International, past president of the organization's USA Board and past president of its Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter. She is the founder and chair of its charter International Advisory Board of distinguished career professionals from around the world. As a Career Management Fellow, she served for six years on the Institute for Career Certification’s International Board, where she was on its task force to evaluate and update her field's professional certification process. Besson was awarded the prestigious Association of Career Professionals International "Professional of the Year" in 2010 for her extraordinary service to the organization and to the advancement of talent around the world.

She has worked on community nonprofit boards and committees for over 30 years including Girls Inc., Women's Center of Dallas, Girl Scouts and Dallas Women's Foundation, The Volunteers of America and Mortarboard, among others. She was a member of the Leadership Dallas in 1987 and Leadership America in 2003. Currently she is founding president of the board of The Work of Art Foundation, which advocates for careers using creativity to advance both our culture and economy and teaches artists how to develop successful businesses and careers.

In 1994, the Dallas Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development chose her as its "Professional of the Year". Her NBEW columns were selected for the “Ten Best Article Award” in 1990, 1994 and 1997.  
In 1999, Alpha Gamma Delta, a 200,000 member fraternal organization, named her as one of three "Distinguished Citizens" at its biannual international convention.



Gary John

Dr. Gary John has been a professor at Richland College since it opened in 1972. Dr. John is currently the Coordinator of the Education and  Human Development Division, which has nine  full- time faculty and twenty six part-time adjunct faculty. During his tenure, he has taught Human Development Courses in Interpersonal Relations, Personal/Social Growth, Study Skills and Career Development. He also coordinated Richland College’s Career Services, supervised master and doctoral-level interns from area universities and taught Intro Psychology, Sport Psychology and many honor-level courses.

Dr. John has completed the training in Quality Matters, the premier organization for certification of online course instruction at the college level. Dr. John has also taught a hybrid course, Personal and Social Growth that involved his students in a service learning project each semester.

He has taught graduate level counseling courses for A&M University at Commerce, Argosy and Amberton University where he specialized in Stress Management, Career Counseling and Wellness. Dr. John has been selected three times as the “Outstanding Faculty Member” by his division and has received the “Outstanding Faculty” award from Richland College in 1985. Texas A&M University chose him as the “Outstanding Alumni” from the Department of Counseling, the same year he served as president of the Truax Foundation at Texas A&M (1993-94).  In 2013-14, he received the Jean Sharon Griffith Student Leadership Award from Richland College.

Dr. John developed “Managing Your Professional Development,” a career development course for engineers and taught the pilot at Rockwell International. He also created Lifespace/Workspace℠ with Taunee Besson and has taken thousands of students and clients through this process in the last thirty five years. He is also president of his own consulting firm that works with corporations to select and train their employees. Dr. John has been a member of the World Future Society since 1969 and regularly consults with organizations and individuals to forecast and plan their futures. An enthusiastic runner, Dr. John taught the first graduate-level wellness course in Texas in 1979. In 1992 he completed his second marathon just after his 50th birthday. At 64, he and his wife both completed a half marathon together.

Dr. John has an Ed.D. from Texas A&M University at Commerce (formerly East Texas State University) in Counseling and Community College Education. He holds a M.A. in Counseling and Student Personnel Administration and a B.A. in History and English from Austin College. He is a retired Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPCS) by the Texas State Board of Examiners and retired  National Certified Counselor (NCC) by National Board for Certified Counselors.


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