Wonder Woman of the Week Marcelle is passionate about helping mid- to executive-level professionals land jobs that get them to the next level of their careers. She started Career Valet in 2012, working with clients on their branding strategy and job search materials to secure new roles. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Marcelle spent 10 years in strategic communications at a Washington, D.C. public affairs firm, Booz Allen Hamilton, and in the U.S. federal government. She worked in Chile, Lithuania, Russia, and Uzbekistan. Marcelle holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and a BA from Georgetown University. She is a former regular contributor to the U.S. News and World Report On Careers blog and ClearanceJobs and has been featured in Forbes, MONEY Magazine, Business Insider, and Monster. Marcelle has three young children and loves to dance.
Wonder Woman of the Week: Life’s Purpose
Tammy: What were you put on this Earth to do? In other words, what’s your life’s purpose?
Marcelle: My purpose is to inspire people to embrace change and try new things to increase their happiness.
Tammy: What role does your work play in your life? How does it embody your values?
Marcelle: My work plays a significant part in my life. Even before I started Career Valet, I was helping friends and family with job searching, resumes, and salary negotiation. We spend so much of our time at work that it’s important that people are happy going to work each day. This is why we help people prepare their materials and build confidence to position themselves to find a job they love.
Wonder Woman of the Week: Message
Tammy: What message would you like to give to other women?
Marcelle: Say what you want to say when you want to say it. This is one of my favorite quotes: “Do what you want and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind,” said Dr. Seuss.
Relationship with Clothing
Tammy: Tell us about your relationship with clothing. What do you think about the act of getting dressed? What role does clothing serve for you? Does it hold a certain meaning or significance?
Marcelle: I am not a ‘sweats’ kind of person. I can’t hang out in my pajamas, I have to get dressed in something more substantial for the day. Since I work from home, I usually wear jeans unless I’m going to a meeting. I realized a few years ago that I was holding on to a lot of old office wear because I didn’t want to lose that identity. I’ve kept a chunk of it but donated many pieces.
Tammy: How has your relationship with clothing changed throughout your career?
Marcelle: At the start of my career, I dressed very formally. Having worked from home for many years, I only need to be formally dressed if I am presenting or in online meetings. I’ve learned that it’s important to feel good each day and put on what makes me feel that way, no matter how fancy. In other words, I can wear a certain piece without needing a special occasion.
Wonder Woman Outfit
Tammy: Describe an outfit of yours that makes you feel like Wonder Woman when you wear it.
Marcelle: Anything paired with my red leather jacket from Argentina!
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