Paul Unks ConsultingPaul Unks Consulting

About Paul Unks

Paul Unks has over twenty years of organizational and individual consulting experience. He received the top training and development award in the nation, the first Gold Award for Keeping America Working, from the president of the United States for designing and delivering a comprehensive professional development program for IBM Corporation. To date, over 5,000 employees and 800 managers have benefited from his program.

Before starting his private consulting practice in San Francisco and then moving it to Colorado, Paul served for five years as the director of the Center for Career Development in St. Louis, where he created and led three career management programs: women returning to work, people with physical or mental challenges, and athletes in career/life transition. His innovations and contributions to the field earned him recognition as a pioneer in career counseling and invitations to speak at national conferences.

Paul has practiced with the developers of the popular book What Color Is Your Parachute? and made significant contributions towards the book’s development. He is on the cutting edge of his field, developing and refining state-of-the-art human development programs.

Paul has consulted sports organizations, including the U.S. Olympic Training Center, where he used his knowledge of performance psychology and career transition to help professional and amateur athletes succeed in competition and beyond in life after sport.

Motivational speaking comes easily to Paul – he’s passionate about helping his audience see that their potential is always within reach. His content and style make his classes at universities and conventions around the country in high demand.


M.ED. Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri
Specializing in Career Development & Transition
and Stress & Wellness Management


  • Masters Certified
  • Certified in Later Career and Retirement Life Planning
  • American College of Sports Medicine, Sports Psychology Branch


  • Ranked Nation’s #1 Career Consultant through client satisfaction surveys – Career Partners International (170 offices worldwide)
  • Gold Award for Keeping America Working – Nation’s top training award
  • Watson Award Recipient – IBM for Excellence in Professional Development