Our approach & system
Explore & Grow
Encouraging users from childhood to adult, to explore job sector possibilities and grow in personal innovation.
Land the Job
Empowering job seekers to approach interviews with self-awareness and confidence.
Inspiring empathy, engagement, and collaboration within a diverse community.
Adaptive personalized courses designed to facilitate lifelong learning with engaging content and real-life examples.
Our team of social entrepreneurs
Edgar, a co-founder, develops the strategy and vision that enables Career Pillar to attain both its short-term and long-term goals. Overseeing the implementation of well-developed initiatives, Blunt ensures that both financial and operational growth are successfully maintained.
Prior to Career Pillar, he spent over 15 years in a full-service Staffing, Recruiting, and Human Resources firm. There Edgar interviewed thousands job seekers and worked with hundreds of businesses to get a first-hand taste of the challenges and rewards of a successful career match.
As our resident “Student Activities Director” he has a great passion for people. He is energized by innovative collaboration, as well as getting down on the dance floor (with or without a karaoke mic).
Technology & Administration
Jason is an accountant turned programmer, serial entrepreneur, and a co-founder of Career Pillar. He manages all aspects of technology, developing new and innovative systems for both in-house and client use. Shoulet’s responsibilities extend to accounting and legal, where he utilizes his 15 years of extensive strategic, analytical and technical experience.
Before Career Pillar’s conception, he co-founded and sold two small technology companies and worked for a large regional public accounting firm consulting numerous Bay Area technology companies.
Jason works hard and plays hard. At the expense of sleep, he can be found consuming copious amounts of good food, enjoying great beer and spending time with his family and friends.
Jonathan was Employee Number One for good reason: he has the ability to wear many hats and juggle multiple projects at the same time. His responsibilities now focus on course production including e-learning, curriculum design, videography, studio engineering, UI design, illustration, and technical support.
Jon's career started in graphic design and has developed into multi-media production. Additionally, he has helped create and launch a number of successful marketing programs for organizations in a variety of industries.
It’s rumored Jonathan has a set of golden pipes, but this is a sight as elusive as his expense receipts, socks, and chin. You can bet that if something looks good around here, it’s because Jonathan, a.k.a. “the Beautiful One,” has touched it.
Philosophy & Psychology
Anthony is a philosopher by heart and researcher and designer by trade. He's responsible for relaying information with clarity and UX design.
Prior to Career Pillar, Anthony conducted research in areas of education and psychology. Along with this, innovative thinking and testing, CBO administration and leadership, and graphic designing are sauces on the steak.
Anthony loves learning about breakthroughs and cool news in physics and technology and discussing its ethical/practical implications for people. He believes in an (informal/formal) education that asks existential questions and builds on pattern recognition and the sharing and connection of information.
Michelle is responsible for all things community, both internal and external. She keeps customers, users, and the Career Pillar team happily connected by creating and implementing the new customer on-boarding experience, end-user focus groups, midday brain-strolls and all-night company huddles.
Prior to Career Pillar, Michelle has been a part of numerous teams and managed staff with nonprofit organizations. She is experienced in running programs focused on life skill development for both youth and adults.
You know that moment when you're on a plane and a complete stranger's mother asks you to her only son's wedding in Kampala, Uganda... and two weeks later you go? Those are the moments Michelle Wong LIVES for.
Course content is concise, detailed and grammatically-correct because of Janet. With over 15 years’ experience in the human resources field and a passion for writing, she combines industry-specific research with her real-life experiences to create content that is engaging and relevant.
Janet’s career background includes Human Resources and Marketing Management for small to large sized companies. A certified Professional in Human Resources, she is well versed in current HR trends and best practices.
Janet is a lover of all things that include lists, labels and file folders, and she just can't resist a good spreadsheet. Add a little wine and cheesecake, and she's all set.
Jayme, Chief Product Officer of FocusVision, a leading marketing research technology service provider, provides Career Pillar advice on all things start-up. His perspective is invaluable and serves as a beacon for what we hope to accomplish.
Previous to FocusVision, Jayme served as co-founder and co-CEO of Decipher Inc. where he shepherded his startup to almost two-hundred employees and an acquisition in 2014.
With his free-time, when not playing Yoda for start-up companies, Jayme can be caught traveling with his family or pedaling his heart out on any surface this country has to offer.
From actress to intern, Laura, is gaining valuable life experiences by tackling almost anything thrown at her.
Tsutsui, who has earned a prestigious Smittcamp Scholarship is studying Computer Science at Fresno State University.
Laura has been compared to Beyoncé by those close to her, as she has no problem handling herself on stage with a microphone.
Admin Support Specialist
From tracking customer support issues to helping our team navigate our crazy schedules, Nikki is a master of detail and organization. She is vital to helping maintain the quality of the content we produce, often being one of the last members of the team to review content before it reaches our customers.
Nikki can be found spending her downtime at home with her kids. Surrounded by the company of her family and friends, Nikki truly believes life is about enjoying the little things.