About Vickie Austin

Vickie Austin fell in love with strategic planning during her career in healthcare marketing. Sitting in an executive boardroom in Scottsdale, Arizona, in the early 1980s, Vickie was enthralled with the process of mapping a future through words. She took that simple model and applied it to her own career development, then began helping others with their careers by creating strategic marketing plans for them. A business was born.

In 1997 she launched her company, CHOICES Worldwide, and in 2002 she transitioned to full-time coaching. She helps executives, entrepreneurs and those in mid-career transition map their own business & career success through strategic planning, networking and marketing coaching. Vickie specializes in working with professional services firms, helping them market and grow their businesses in accounting, healthcare, financial services, legal and consulting services.

Now a professional speaker as well as a coach, Vickie is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and on the board of NSA-IL. She contributes as a volunteer “Dean” of NSA-IL Speakers Academy, a rigorous training program for aspiring speakers in the Chicago area. She’s also a member of the Association Forum of Chicagoland, the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce and the American Association of University Women.

Vickie is a writer with chapters in Adventures in Medicine for physician residents and Speak More! Marketing Strategies to Get More Speaking Business published by the National Speakers Association. She’s written an e-book, “Your Golden Rolodex: How to Network for Results!” and writes regularly for trade publications for CPAs, financial planners and healthcare financial managers. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal’s career and on-line publications.

With an undergraduate degree in English literature from Arizona State University, Vickie later received an executive master’s in international management (EMIM) from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. She and her husband Bill, an artist, live in the western suburbs of Chicago and have two grown children and a dog, Peanut Butter.