Craig Nathanson is The Vocational Coach™, an internationally known author, workshop leader, speaker, college lecturer and coach for mid-life adults dedicated to guiding individuals to discover and experience their vocational passions in mid-life and make an income at doing what they love! Craig offers private coaching via phone, Skype and Web Cam, retreats and workshops worldwide. Craig’s doctoral research has focused around "the experience of vocational passion in mid-life."
Craig is the author of the books, Don’t JUST retire and die : a new approach to your life and work after 40, P is for Perfect: Your Perfect Vocational Day and How to discover and live your passion 365 days a year which Craig calls a workshop in a box. Craig has also produced a series of CD’s including the popular ‘’How to make your mid-life a crusade and not a crisis ’’ and over 25 other CD’s from his bi-monthly tele-class series,’’ How to make meaning and money in mid-life’’, which has different topics and guests discussing their own transitions. Craig has also been publishing since 2001 a regular E-Zine newsletter aimed at those over 40. This is a free internet based newsletter which is published internationally helping to provide inspiration and coaching to many who are seeking to do more of what they love in mid-life while at the same time making the income they require.
Craig 's newest project, The Vocational Coach Booklet series includes the booklets ''Now that I am in college, what do I do with my life'' is aimed at college age students just starting out. ‘’ 30 days of vocational passion’’ is aimed at those in mid-life and ‘’Everybody needs a bearhug’’- kids advice for their parents 365 days a year is targeted at parents of younger children.
Craig is on the faculty at Cal State East Bay, Keller School of Management and Corinthian Colleges teaching both traditional and on-line courses in the area of management, Ecommerce, Human Resources, Psychology , marketing and small business management.. Craig also is lecturer for Benedictine College in Illinois teaching management, marketing and ecommerce courses in China and Vietnam. Craig teaches MBA level programs for Shenyang University of Technology in Shenyang, P.R China
Craig’s monthly articles now appear at over 1000 business industry web sites as the career expert for Job Target. Craig has been an executive, senior manager, trainer, counselor and internal consultant for over 30 years working in large Fortune 100 companies as well as several internet start-ups, one of which he was an original founder. Since 2001 Craig has focused on building a private speaking and coaching practice targeted at those over 40. Craig is a Ph.D candidate in Human and Organizational development at the Fielding graduate Institute set to complete in 2011.
Craig is also working on his fourth book, due out in late 2009 called, ‘’The Best Manager’’ new management models for new times. In additional to his doctoral research Craig holds two masters’ degrees in Telecommunications Management and Human Development and an undergraduate degree in Human Relations and Organizational Behavior. Craig is a past member of the Association of Humanistic Psychology, American Management Association, The National Association For Small Book Publishers and the American Society of University Professors. Craig describes himself as a writer, teacher, mid-life coach, speaker, researcher, father, husband and active runner. Craig was one of three Americans selected to speak at the 1996 national quality conference in San Salvador to focus on the theme “Rebuilding Human Resources through Quality.”
Craig spent the summer of 2004 and 2005 teaching MBA courses at the Academy of National Economy in Moscow, Russia. Craig has delivered workshops to organizations seeking improvement and to individuals seeking vocational change and growth at mid-life. Craig describes his purpose in life to be spirited, compelled, and passionate, enabling those who cross his path to make a difference! Craig lives in Petaluma, California.