About Gwen & Associates

Gwen Paulson has the distinction of being a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) of the International Coach Federation.  Currently there are less than 1,500 coaches who have attained the PCC certification in the world.  She is also a Certified Leadership Coach (CLC) from Georgetown University.

Her own story also includes…

  • A background in academia at the University of Michigan
  • Former historian
  • Working for the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Very successful small-business owner
  • Government Relations Consulting for corporations, trade associations and non-profit organizations.
  • Executive/Leadership Coaching 6 years for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Navy (DON) and Department of Transportation (DOT).

With 25+ years of experience in five distinct careers Gwen understands how to utilize your strengths, passions and values to  successfully change jobs, careers, get promoted and start or enhance a small consulting business.  With a long history in the Washington, DC professional arena, Gwen has an excellent track record working with senior professionals in various federal agencies and private for-profit and non-profit sectors. 
Being a certified Career Coach combines all my personal and professional experiences, and gives me a powerful understanding of the most effective ways to embrace the inevitable changes we meet in life and in business. I look forward to working with you on your own journey.


msi_logo_hex900Management Systems International (MSI) is an international development consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. and founded in 1981 by Marina Fanning and Larry Cooley. In 2008, MSI became a part of Coffey International Development, a global developing consulting firm.  MSI has partnered with PHI to create a Global Health Fellows Program II (GHFP II).  Beginning in 2012, Gwen Paulson is very proud to have been selected as a Career Transition Coach for the GHFPII, providing career transition coaching to Fellows ending their fellowship.  The Fellows are physicians, academicians and senior health specialists from the U.S. and countries around the world.

logo-inc-500Careers In Transition  Founded in 1995 as a career transition practice, today Careers In Transition, Inc. is a Talent Management organization providing Performance Consulting, Instructional Design, Talent Optimization, Staff Augmentation, Executive Search, and Program Management.  They help organizations with their employee career cycle:  attracting, selecting and acquiring talent utilizing staff augmentation, and permanent placement, developing and retaining talent through coaching, OD and training and succession planning, retirement assistance and resource optimization.  Gwen Paulson, under a contract between Careers in Transition and the Department of Transportation, has been appointed a Career Transition and Leadership Coach for senior leaders and managers in the agency.

cassadayCassaday is an independent investment advisory and financial planning firm that is very client centered and provides comprehensive planning, research and investment management for individuals.  The company was founded in 1993 by Stephan Cassaday. Gwen Paulson is proud to provide Career and Life Coaching for clients of Cassaday & Company.

BSLogo_medBluesteps is a service of the Association of Executive Search Consultants that links executive job seekers to the top 300 retained executive search firms worldwide with a total of 6,000+ executive recruiters working in those firms.  Gwen Paulson is one of a very select few coaches participating in the “Executive Career Management Solutions” offered through their website.

fcgThe Federal Consulting Group is a Federal government organization that has been serving the Federal community for over 20 years.  For over 5 years, Gwen Paulson has been part of a highly qualified team of executive coaches providing leadership and career coaching to senior managers and leaders at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).