Besson, CMF, is president of Career Dimensions, Inc., a consulting
firm founded in 1979, which works with individual and corporate
clients in career change; job search; executive, small business and
life coaching; college major selection and talent management.
of the smartest minds in the career field," according to Tony Lee
(VP of CareerCast Operations at Adicio and former publisher of the
Wall Street Journal's Online Vertical Network), Besson began
writing for the Dallas Times Herald in the early 80s. Having
read several of her columns, Lee asked her to contribute regular
articles to the Journal’s National Business Employment
Weekly (NBEW) as well. Since then, she has been a triple
award-winning columnist for CareerJournal.com and Senior Columnist
for CareerCast.com, as well as WorkingWoman.com and Oxygen.com. At
Lee’s request, Besson authored five editions of NBEW's Premier
Guide to Resumes and three of its Premier Guide to Cover
Letters. She has also authored articles and/or been
quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Dallas Morning News,
Business Week, Time, Smart Money and Yahoo
2000, she and Gerry Myers co-founded Advisory Link, Inc., which
helped organizations increase their number of women employees,
managers, executives and customers by developing and facilitating
external Women's Advisory Boards and Exec-U-Link mastermind groups.
Out of 470 entries, the firm was named as a 2005 Stevie Award
Finalist for Women Entrepreneurs in both the "Women Helping Women"
and "Community Involvement Program of the Year" categories.
Since 1995, Besson has been giving back to her profession as a
director and member of the World Council of the Association of
Career Professionals International, past president of the
organization's USA Board and past president of its Dallas/Fort Worth
Chapter. She is the founder and chair of its charter International
Advisory Board of distinguished career professionals from around the
world. As a Career Management Fellow, she served for six years on
the Institute for Career Certification’s International Board, where
she was on its task force to evaluate and update her field's
professional certification process. Besson was awarded the
prestigious Association of Career Professionals International
"Professional of the Year" in 2010 for her extraordinary service to
the organization and to the advancement of talent around the world.
has worked on community nonprofit boards and committees for over 30
years including Girls Inc., Women's Center of Dallas, Girl Scouts
and Dallas Women's Foundation, The Volunteers of America and
Mortarboard, among others. She was a member of the Leadership Dallas
in 1987 and Leadership America in 2003. Currently she is founding
president of the board of The Work of Art Foundation, which
advocates for careers using creativity to advance both our culture
and economy and teaches artists how to develop successful businesses
1994, the Dallas Chapter of the American Society for Training and
Development chose her as its "Professional of the Year". Her NBEW
columns were selected for the “Ten Best Article Award” in 1990, 1994
In 1999, Alpha Gamma Delta, a 200,000 member fraternal
organization, named her as one of three "Distinguished Citizens" at
its biannual international convention.
Dr. Gary John has been a professor at
Richland College since it opened in 1972. Dr. John is currently the
Coordinator of the Education and Human Development Division, which
has nine full- time faculty and twenty six part-time adjunct
faculty. During his tenure, he has taught Human Development Courses
in Interpersonal Relations, Personal/Social Growth, Study Skills and
Career Development. He also coordinated Richland College’s Career
Services, supervised master and doctoral-level interns from area
universities and taught Intro Psychology, Sport Psychology and many
Dr. John has
completed the training in Quality Matters, the premier organization
for certification of online course instruction at the college level.
Dr. John has also taught a hybrid course, Personal and Social Growth
that involved his students in a service learning project each
He has taught
graduate level counseling courses for A&M University at Commerce,
Argosy and Amberton University where he specialized in Stress
Management, Career Counseling and Wellness. Dr. John has been
selected three times as the “Outstanding Faculty Member” by his
division and has received the “Outstanding Faculty” award from
Richland College in 1985. Texas A&M University chose him as the
“Outstanding Alumni” from the Department of Counseling, the same
year he served as president of the Truax Foundation at Texas A&M
(1993-94). In 2013-14, he received the Jean Sharon Griffith Student
Leadership Award from Richland College.
Dr. John developed
“Managing Your Professional Development,” a career development
course for engineers and taught the pilot at Rockwell International.
He also created Lifespace/Workspace℠ with Taunee Besson and has
taken thousands of students and clients through this process in the
last thirty five years. He is also president of his own consulting
firm that works with corporations to select and train their
employees. Dr. John has been a member of the World Future Society
since 1969 and regularly consults with organizations and individuals
to forecast and plan their futures. An enthusiastic runner, Dr. John
taught the first graduate-level wellness course in Texas in 1979. In
1992 he completed his second marathon just after his 50th birthday.
At 64, he and his wife both completed a half marathon together.
Dr. John has an Ed.D.
from Texas A&M University at Commerce (formerly East Texas State
University) in Counseling and Community College Education. He holds
a M.A. in Counseling and Student Personnel Administration and a B.A.
in History and English from Austin College. He is a retired Licensed
Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPCS) by the Texas State Board of
Examiners and retired National Certified Counselor (NCC) by
National Board for Certified Counselors.