Johanna Smith

Johanna joined Thrive Scholars in February 2019 as a Career Coach.  Johanna has worked in higher education since 2005 advising and coaching students on career-related concerns work that she thoroughly enjoys.  Johanna understands how career identity is core to one’s overall identity and endeavors to help others find satisfying work.  She enjoys getting to know students and learning from them as well.  Her time in higher education spans three distinct institutions including the University of Detroit Mercy, Virginia Tech, and The University of Chicago.  Prior to her time in higher education, Johanna worked in the automotive industry as a mechanical engineer and supervisor.  Johanna holds a B.S in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and M.A. in Counseling from the University of Detroit Mercy.  Johanna is a native of Gary, Indiana, and has lived in seven different cities.

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