Founder’s Bio

Dr. Nadine E. Franz - APEX Career Services Founder | DEI Consultant | Senior Career Services Strategist

Dr. Nadine Franz, EdD, MS, PHR, CPRW, CPCC, SHRM-CP, is the Founder of APEX Career Services, a firm that assists professionals seeking to enhance their current careers or desiring to change career paths. Her expertise in employment and personal branding for entry to mid-level professionals seeking advancements, as well as directors and executives, make her an outstanding resource for career improvement. In addition, she is incredibly passionate about helping others, especially hardworking people who lack the know-how or connections to brand themselves for the jobs they seek.

Additionally, Dr. Franz is the founder of, a consulting firm that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace. In this realm, she consults company leaders and HR practitioners on strategies that foster holistic inclusivity regarding age, race, gender, and other forms of workplace discrimination. She is committed to implementing and driving holistic DEI programs that positively impact organizations and employees. Dr. Franz partners effectively with senior executives in performing SWOT analysis that fosters data-driven decision-making to drive organizational change and effectiveness.

Dr. Franz earned a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Learning and Organizational Change at Baylor University. Her dissertation and additional research and publications address ageism during the job search process, workplace ageism, and similar HR areas of study. In addition to holding a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Brandeis University and a Master of Science in Human Resource Development & Administration from Barry University, she serves as a college instructor of human resources to undergraduate and graduate students. Altogether, Dr. Franz brings over 20 years of experience in human resource management, recruiting, and instruction to the table, which puts her top in her field as she brings this expertise to job seekers.

Dr. Franz is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) through PARWCC, a Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC), SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), a member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARWCC), a member of the National Resume Writers Association (NRWA), a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a member of Cambridge Who’s Who, a member of Kansas City Recruiter Roundtable (KCRR), a member of Employers Practices Network of Kansas City (EPNKC), as well as an Associate with Career Thought Leaders Consortium. In addition, Dr. Franz is also certified in Diversity and Inclusion in Human Resource Management.

As a Certified Professional Career Coach, Certified Professional Resume Writer, and personal brand strategist, she focuses on career makeovers. She uses her human resource and recruiting background to strategically partner with bright and talented professionals seeking more meaningful work consistent with their values, lifestyle, and goals. After many years in recruiting and human resource management, she was amazed at how ill-prepared and poorly branded most candidates were when job hunting. However, her compassion for people and a belief that everyone deserves happiness and contentment in their respective careers have brought Dr. Franz to her current resolve: helping others take their careers to new heights.

Dr. Franz helps professionals discover their true selves and provides a clear outlook and a renewed commitment to themselves. She guides them to clarity, a renewed sense of direction, and an actionable career reinvention plan. Whether you are a person seeking employment as a result of a sudden and unforeseen job loss, a member of the military seeking to enter the civilian job market, a stay-at-home parent returning to the workforce after a long hiatus, a mid–career professional suffering from burn-out, a student new to the job market, or simply someone with a desire to climb the corporate ladder, explore a new career, or start a business venture, partnering with Dr. Franz is the first important step to achieving your career goals as she works with you to create a clear and guided career reinvention plan.

On a personal note, Dr. Franz enjoys traveling and exercising with her husband, Kevin—a lifestyle made possible through careful career management by tapping into a career path she loves. Her motivation for moving from the human resource and recruiting side of her career to that of a career coach is simple: she has an unbelievable passion and desires to educate career seekers on the necessary skills needed to improve their careers and lives.

Begin a new and exciting career path today by contacting Dr. Nadine Franz.


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