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About Our Team

Fresh ideas. Smart strategies. Practical advice. The Career Investments team is dedicated to helping you find and secure the career you want. Together, we are reinventing career management for the 21st century.

  • Tara Elder

    As a Career Consultant, Tara Elder specializes in assisting individuals as they embark on a change in their professional lives. She utilizes her degree in psychology to guide her clients through the often murky and overwhelming waters of career transition. In her previous position as Senior Director of Admissions for a nationally renowned art and design college in Indianapolis, Tara helped thousands of students of all ages explore their aspirations and align them with a personal plan that would put them closer to the career of their dreams. She has been recognized for excellence in management and leadership and has a true talent for helping others find purpose and fulfillment through professional development.

  • Jim McKean

    An experienced leader and career guru, Jim McKean is the head of development and partner of Career Investments. He hosts a blog focusing on career-related issues and presents these topics to corporate and community groups. Previously, as owner and principal of McKean and Company, Jim provided executive leadership in strategy, technology and business management to mid-size entrepreneurial businesses. He has also held the titles of consultant, strategist, systems analyst and IT executive. Jim has held several community leadership positions in Indianapolis and Bloomington and is currently a member of the Community Advisory Committee of the WFYI Board of Directors. Jim earned an MBA from Indiana University and served as Manager of Research for Indiana University Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is wildly passionate about the science and art of careers.

  • Kathleen McDonald Siegmann

    Prior to founding Career Investments in June 2008, Kathleen was VP Professional Placement for a $130M regional staffing firm with over 60 US branch locations where she was promoted to several roles during her 11-year tenure with responsibilities ranging from national recruiting efforts, corporate merger and acquisition activity, marketing and business development as a member of the Senior Management Team. Earlier in her career, Kathleen was Program Coordinator for the Indiana University Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and also served as Executive Director of the Huntingburg, IN Chamber of Commerce. Kathleen earned her B.S. in Public Affairs from Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs and MBA from the University of Chicago. She has served in the role of President for Indy Reads Board of Directors and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Alumni Club of Indianapolis. She is a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series, Class XXXI. Kathleen is an Adjunct Faculty Instructor for Indiana University - Bloomington teaching Career Management Course V252/H267 and often is a presenter and media resource to discuss best practices and trends in career development.