I absolutely love Seattle Summers! There is so much to do, the weather is worth waiting for (and boy do we wait for it) and most of us lose our sunglasses at least. Sigh. I loved those ones. Visitors galore, days in the water, festivals, fun…what’s not to love?!

Actually, it can be hard to love it when you’re struggling with your career/job. Summers in Seattle means high occupancy, and tourism is our middle name. If you work in customer service, this can be a draining time of year (I can speak from past experience…big time). Or if you’re in the true letting go (Fall) or grieving (Winter) stages of the Career Process, then one season maybe isn’t as fun, because you are truly unable to enjoy it.

If you wish summer were brighter, more fun, less stress…perhaps it’s time for a change. Get that Summer lovin’ feeling back by discovering what makes you come alive, at Centerpoint Institute.

For those of you who are already there, well done. Now hold onto those sunglasses!


Leah Krieger
Executive Director

  • August 19th: Join us at Centerpoint Institute for a showing of “Speaking of Dying”, a new documentary spotlighting the difficult subject of dying. Produced by Centerpoint friend, Trudy James of HeartWork. Donations suggested. Please RSVP here.
  • August 26th: The Centerpoint Retreat begins! Facilitated by our Founder, Carol Vecchio. Nearly 50 hours of Workshop including our foundational Navigating Change, Passion Search and Vision Into Action! Three spaces left, RSVP by August 19th! Lodging is required at Talaris Campus. Let us know if you’re interested in sharing rooms.
  • September 2nd: Vibrant Life Source and Centerpoint Institute partner to bring you the Fall series of Starting From the Source! Join us at Centerpoint on Wednesday September 2nd from 6-7:30pm for a free Open House to learn about the program, meet LeAnn Smith, ask questions and receive a discount for signing up that night! RSVP here!
  • Coming Soon! Date TBD: The Return of Encore Book Club! Led by the fabulous Janice Jackson! This is a 12-week ladies’ book club, which gathers every other Wednesday night at Centerpoint. There is no fee, however a $10 donation per participant is asked to cover facility costs. Limit to 12. Registration information will be provided shortly.


August Workshops

  • Navigating Change Evening Session – August 11 & 12
  • Navigating Change Full- Day Session – August 22
  • Passion Search dates: August 10 (Mondays) and August 29 (Saturdays)
  • Retreat! August 26-30.  Includes Navigating Change, Passion Search, Vision Into Action and more!

To get more information, or to register, click here!

Meet our new Board Member, Jaclyn Gault!


Jaclyn Gault is a designer and urban planner fascinated by how design can influence and impact people. After working for several years in the environmental planning field, she recently started her own consulting business with the goal of creating good design – from streetscapes to websites – to help people navigate their world. She knows the importance of public and community involvement and has extensive experience engaging community leaders, local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the general public.

She assisted Centerpoint in our website redesign in 2014 to create an improved experience for Centerpoint clients and add efficiency for the organization. Jaclyn is also an Alumni of Centerpoint, she took Navigating Change and Passion Search in 2014.

Jaclyn holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning and Design from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s in Urban Studies from San Francisco State University. She spends her free time with her husband, Andrew and her dog, Jack.

It’s great to have you join us Jaclyn!


Ms. Elizabeth Eller

“Centerpoint changed my life.  I have always been a driven, career focused person, so when I gradually fell out of love with my career, I didn’t know what to do.  I didn’t even know that was what had happened; I just knew I was depressed and lost and felt like a failure.  As soon as I began going to Centerpoint classes, the idea of “change” being an ever-present element in our lives deeply resonated.  Through the Passion Search Workshop, I was able to pivot and direct my energy and talent into the exciting world of filmmaking – one independent series, three film festivals, and a rewarding high paying job later, all I can say is GO.  DO IT.  Finding the right path and embracing happiness is priceless, and whatever energy, courage, and effort you put into the classes, you will get back tenfold.”

Meeller glasses

Resource Center

How to Ace a Telephone Interview” by Casey Fleischmann/Theundercoverrecruiter.com

“What Is Your Purpose?” by David Brooks/NY Times

“How to Save 20 Hours a Week” by Brittany Hodak/Bizjournal

“The Myth of ‘It'” by Jennifer Youngblood (A Centerpoint facilitator!)/LinkedIN

“10 Everyday Habits That Make You Wildly Unprofessional” by Bill Murphy Jr/Muse.com

“Should You Join a Non-Profit Board?” by Hilary Dykes/LinkedIN

YouTube Video: “Homeless Poet Found By His Family After Fifty-Seven Years” (I found this to be very moving, and a source of connection to your passion).

Quote of the Day

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
– George Bernard Shaw