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Charlene is a published writer and travel journalist with a background in Accounting & Finance. She has written over 100 articles for publications all over the web, including The Huffington PostBlack Enterprise, Women on Business, The Path Mag, Ms. Career Girl, Your Coffee Break, Addicted 2 Success, and Career Goddess Academy

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huffington post contributor

In April 2015, I left my full-time job in financial services and decided to travel around the world on a 6-month tour with Up with People. I focus on millennials in the workplace and how long-term travel is a nontraditional career move that can prepare you for prolific leadership in the 21st century.  

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BLACK enterprise contributor

I interview millennial trailblazers and successful thought leaders. I have had the opportunity to interview educators, pageant queens, nonprofit leaders, professors, and CPAs. I focus on diversity & inclusion, leadership, and career success.


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women on business contributor 

I focus on women in Corporate America and entrepreneurs. I use my knowledge as a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Leadership Trainer, and Award Winning Speaker to help women win in the workplace and beyond. 


You have flirted with your destiny for too long. It’s time to settle down and commit to a greater purpose. Don’t let your fears rob you of the best years of your life.

Charlene is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, Project Management Professional, Distinguished Toastmaster, and Certified Zumba Instructor. She is the recipient of the 2015 Illinois CPA Society Young Professionals Leadership Award and the 2014 National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Chicago President's Award for outstanding leadership and commitment to NABA's mission of "Lifting as We Climb." Charlene was also recognized as "One of the Most Powerful Women on the Southside of Chicago" and was featured in Essence magazine for strategically applying for over 200 scholarships in college and receiving over $100,000 in scholarships, internships, and traveling opportunities. 

If you are seeking energy, education and inspiration, book Charlene to speak at your next event!



Charlene has participated in numerous radio, video, and magazine interviews. In 2014, Charlene was recognized as one of the most powerful women on the South Side of Chicago. Click here to download Charlene's media package. 

Illinois cpa society insight mag 

This award honors a young professional CPA who demonstrates outstanding leadership skills in his or her career, in public or community service, and through involvement with the Illinois CPA Society and/or other professional organizations.

What sets you apart? 

”I’ve always been a firm believer in stepping out of your safe zone and moving into your purpose zone."

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chicago tribune

The Ms. Corporate America (MCA) pageant is designed to recognize and honor professional achievement and community service of dynamic women across America. Ms. Rhinehart definitely fits the bill of a dynamic woman which she has demonstrated by being the youngest person within District 30 Toastmasters (Chicago Area) to complete the rigorous requirements of becoming a Distinguished Toastmaster and doing so in an expedited manner. - Contributor, Cassandra Griffin

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depaul university news

DePaul University student Charlene Rhinehart has earned an honor offered only to the very best of the best college students in Illinois.  The college senior was not only named a Student Laureate by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois for her collegiate achievements, but also was selected from this year's 44 awardees to deliver the keynote address at the organization's annual Student Convocation held Oct. 18 in Springfield.



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Mary Kate L. (Boston, MA)

I asked Charlene to look over my resume and I was so thankful for (but not surprised) by the incredible help that I received. She not only told me what could be done better, but she congratulated me on what I did well and also provided concrete and easy to follow examples on how to improve! Charlene provided tips and insights that I wouldn’t have been able to receive elsewhere.  If you’re looking for ways to improve your professional image, or if you just need a little encouragement on getting started, Charlene will help you by empowering you to recognize your strengths and then use them to your advantage to reach your goals!

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Taara K. (New York, NY) 

Charlene helped coached me for my first pageant I ever competed in.  While she helped me craft my interview, walk and stage presence--what sets her apart from anyone I've ever worked with was her genuine sense of interest in my life.  Charlene helped me to become more confident and overcome the emotional/mental barriers that came with competing.  She was super supportive and always a resource.  I wholeheartedly recommend working with her.

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 Tiffany T. (Chicago, IL)

I reached out to Charlene while I was applying to a highly selective Pre MBA program. Although it was clear that I did my research, my WHY wasn't clear. Charlene challenged me to dig deeper and personalize my essay. She asked me questions that helped me get to know myself better. Once I was able to connect the dots, I realized that there was a lot more synergy between my personal and professional goals than I originally thought. I rewrote my essay telling MY personal story and not the version I felt the admissions team wanted to hear. The results were awesome! Without Charlene's insight, I ran the risk of submitting an essay that was not personal enough to differentiate me from the other candidates.