Build Great Relationships with Alumni by Offering Valuable Career Coaching Workshops

+ Support Alumni going through career transitions & Challenges.

+ Build relationships and loyalty to the school.

+ Create a funnel to engage and encourage development and fund-raising.

All this and more at no cost to the school

Relationships with alumni are increasingly at risk

Education leaders are well aware of this issue.

On average, only 11.1% of alumni donate to their alma mater, and alumni giving declined 8% between 2018 and 2019.* Careers have become more challenging and more volatile in the digital economy, which puts downward pressure on alumni charitable spending. 

Institutions who demonstrate that they care about helping alumni thrive and succeed in the workforce can create a more solid bond and drive greater engagement.

As higher education faces challenges on multiple fronts, especially in light of the global pandemic, institutions are looking for new ways to build relationships with alumni that go beyond traditional fundraising, social engagement, and communications initiatives.

Recent Survey Stats*


of Alumni feel disconnected from their school.


of short-term lapsed donors say they are "unlikely" to donate.


of non-donors say they are "not at all likely" to donate.


of non-donors  say that they can't afford to donate.

*Source: Hanover Research National Advancement Report 2020

What if you could cut through the resistance?

What if you could grab the attention and the interest of your alumni population by addressing one of their  most pressing needs?

What if this didn't cost you a dime?

Innovative online

career coaching Workshops 

The Alumni Career Transitions Program (ACTP) is a 6-week live online video group career coaching program designed specifically to be offered to alumni by their alma mater.

The program is available exclusively to college and university alumni relations and alumni career services departments as a standalone 6-week career coaching program offered to their alumni.

Designed For Professional Alumni Going through Career Transitions


Schools partner with the program at no charge.

ACTP Partner Categories

Alumni Relations 

Alumni Career Services

Affiliated Alumni Associations

Since 2018,this program has been offered twice yearly to MBA alumni of the UCLA Anderson School of Management*

To date, over 100 UCLA Anderson alumni have participated.

*Bloomberg-rated #12 top business school in the U.S. for 2019

About The Facilitator

John Tarnoff is an executive and career transition coach, speaker, and author who helps professionals find more meaningful and sustainable careers in today’s volatile economy. While he works at all career experience levels, he specializes in mid-late career transitions, and senior-level transitions into second-act careers.

Fired 39% during his 35 years as a film producer, studio executive and tech entrepreneur, he learned the keys to turning setbacks into successes. He reinvented his own career at 50, earning a master’s degree in counseling psychology to focus on education and training.

Since leaving entertainment in 2010, John has coached individuals and groups. Corporate coaching clients include Bank of America, Bridgewater Assoc., Carnegie-Mellon University, Levi-Strauss, Softbank, TD Ameritrade, and Thrive Global.

He is also an Instructor for LinkedIn Learning, and has created and recorded four online video courses on the topic of the multi-generational workforce.

He is the author of the best-selling Boomer Reinvention: How to Create your Dream Career Over 50 and has been named a Top Influencer in Aging by PBS/NextAvenue.

Six Consecutive Weekly Meetings

preparing alumni to IDENTIFY CAREER GOALS, be more resilient, more resourceful, and more prepared for applications, interviews, and their new positions

Limited Enrollment

Each Workshop is limited to no fewer than 10 and no more than 20 participants. This size is manageable on a Zoom conference and allows for dynamic and meaningful interaction and participation.

six specific career skills

For each 75-90 minute session, participants receive handouts and worksheets that prepare them for the week's topic, and teach the core skill set that will help them define their value proposition, optimize their LinkedIn profile, build their network, prepare for interviews, and more.

engaging & experiential

Each live session includes opportunities to share wins and challenges, and to work with the facilitator and to interact with fellow participants for their encouragement, feedback, and support.

Polls and Breakout Rooms help track progress and build community.


Each session will have an associated assignment that will be covered in the following session, taking participants along a journey to build skills and prepare a plan that they can use after the workshop is complete.

School partners:

Provide a Co-Facilitator to participate in each session.

Present and support the marketing of the program to their alumni.

A Win for Alumni & the school

Learning Career Skills

The ACTP teaches the latest approach to successful career transitions and job searches.

Career Skills & Exercises include:

  • Reframing limiting beliefs and establishing a positive mindset
  • Synthesizing a compelling professional value proposition
  • Revising resume and LinkedIn profiles for maximum effectiveness
  • Establishing an ongoing networking plan
  • Building a professional brand and thought leadership profile

Networking With Fellow Alumni

The ACTP is a considerable networking opportunity.

Alumni  have instant familiarity and rapport because of their shared school experience, and the culture that supported them through their education and out into the workforce.

  • Participants expand their networks to classes they've never been in touch with before 
  • Participants make introductions for each other that can lead to new business relationships and job interviews.
  • Workshop cohorts often continue to meet after the conclusion of the Workshop

Increased School Engagement

The program is a great way to engage with the alumni community beyond the typical class reunions, sports events, or annual regional gatherings or fundraisers with school leadership. The school's Workshop co-facilitator can:

  • Present current alumni programs and events
  • Engage participants offline based on their engagement level in the Workshop and rekindled appreciation for the school
  • Track employment data, business relationships, and other development-oriented information.

What Participants Say:

Kaitlin O'Reilly

Business Development Executive

The workshop was awesome, and exactly what I needed to kickstart my career transition. John's methodology provided me with the tools to reframe my mindset and hone in on my unique value proposition.

Sreesha Vraman

Capital Markets Executive

Definitely worth doing. Improves your momentum and cadence on things that you need to do, and gives you a holistic battle plan through the transition.

neil madia

Corporate Finance & Operations Leader

This workshop allows one to get more focused on their future career plans through various techniques and strategies utilizing networking, social media (e.g. LinkedIn) and helping one to conduct a targeted career search. 

Michael Suphanbat

Senior Product Marketing Executive

Greg schlafer

President & CEO, Foremost Farms USA

Hope Bovenzi

Automotive Engineering Executive

John chen

Fintech Program Management Executive

a great deal for alumni participants

Financially, the ACTP is a win-win.

Schools provide the program at no cost to them.

Participants pay a discounted one-time fee that is extremely competitive with other group coaching programs.

In the most recent post-Workshop survey, 100% of participants rated the price-to-value ratio as  4 or 5 on a 1 - 5 scale.

For 2021, as the Program builds traction, the Workshop will be priced extremely affordably for a program providing this level of value.


(Per session = >$50)

Includes 6 x 90-minute sessions


Session video or audio recordings 

Email/phone access to facilitators as needed

Minimum 15/Maximum 25 Participants per Workshop

Go In-Depth With The Program


Learn all of the details, including:

  • How the ACTP provides value to school Partners
  • ACTP Partner process and timeline
  • Defining the target Workshop participant
  • Scheduling a Workshop
  • Customizing the Marketing Process
  • Talk to an ACTP Partner school
  • How to proceed to next steps