What Did You Want to be When You Grew Up?

March 11, 2015
Hosted by Alise Cortez, PhD

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What did you want to be when you were a kid? Did you dream of being an astronaut or a police officer? Where did you get the idea and why did you want to pursue this kind of a career, and did you actually do it? A lot of us have a career dream when we’re a kid, and some of us actually see it through to fruition. Many of us change course several times during high school or college, or are derailed into different work in our early work years changing course as new vista open to us. Our fledgling ideas are early yearnings and guideposts as to what we aspire to be and do in our adulthood, and we often measure our life’s worth according to the extent to which we’ve achieved those childhood aims. Join the dialogue as two middle school girls describe their current career interests, where those aspirations came from, and what they anticipate their chosen paths will yield in their day to day lives.

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Alise Cortez, PhD

Alise Cortez, PhD

Dr. Alise Cortez is a speaker, consultant, coach, published author, radio show and podcast host, and Development/Engagement Catalyst based in Dallas, Texas. She has dedicated herself to helping people across the globe more meaningfully and productively connect with their work to achieve greater fulfillment, more impactful results, and meaningful work-life integration, and “live with passion, work on purpose.” Alise is particularly called to help organizations synergize the human-technological workforce integration that artificial intelligence and robotics have introduced to enable workforce development that raises the human contribution to work. Her other niche area is working with organizations to integrate the younger millennial and generation Z workforces with their more tenured counterparts to create an engaged, productive culture.

Alise earned a PhD in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University. Fascinated with how people choose and experience their careers, she focused her dissertation on meaning in work and its relationship to personal identity. Her post-doc research yielded 15 “modes of engagement,” discovered by interviewing 115 professionals aged 18 to 80 across multiple industries. Her consulting offerings are drawn from this research.

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