WCDA Member Spotlight: Abby Lemke

abby-lemkeName: Abby Lemke

What is your favorite part about being a career development professional? I love helping people see all of the options and opportunities for their future. I also love hearing their life stories and empowering them to be the authors of their own lives.

What is your specialty within the career development profession? I’ve spent the majority of my career working with college students and high school students.

Advice you have for students/clients: Talk to everyone you know about their career path—what they like, what challenges them and what advice they have to people starting out in their field.

Favorite assessment tool: Meyers Briggs Type Indicator


  • Movie: Silver Linings Playbook and The Great Outdoors (and pretty much any John Candy movie)
  • Book: I love memoirs. I recently enjoyed, “Love Warrior” by Glennon Doyle Melton, “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” by Jenny Lawson and “This is a Story of a Happy Marriage” by Ann Patchett
  • Song: On Wisconsin, Kyrie Eleison by Mr. Mister, Shake It Out by Florence and the Machine and Shake it Off by Taylor Swift
  • Food: Lasagna, Garlic bread, frosted sugar cookies
  • Game: Trivial Pursuit and Charades
  • Hobbies: I teach yoga, do gymnastics with my daughter, read the Sunday NY Times Opinion section and I enjoy attempting DIY crafts

Tell us one skill that you can teach to others? I enjoy teaching Motivational Interviewing skills to career advisors. I especially enjoy teaching the use of complex reflections to encourage change talk.

Position Title: Senior Career Advisor

Employer: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Career Exploration Center


B.A. Sociology and Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison,

M.A. College Student Personnel, Bowling Green State University, OH

Favorite Quote: “When you follow your bliss…doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors, and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else.” – Joseph Campbell

About Marie Smith

Marie Smith specializes in helping people gain clarity, explore options, leverage strengths, and set and implement goals with accountability. She is creative, intuitive, and incredibly resourceful. She serves on the board of directors, the professional development committee, and the technology committee for the Wisconsin Career Development Association. Marie Smith teaches the Facilitating Career Development program for the National Career Development Association http://facilitatingcareerdevelopment.com/