Founder Returns to Career Development Partners in Tulsa

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Bill Young leaned back in his chair while he reflected about coming back to the company he started.

"It's like coming home again," said Young, vice president of leadership development for Career Development Partners. "Some things have changed but the core services remain the same."

While the company has a new name, logo and Web site, Young said he feels at ease about his return.

After he was laid off from the chamber of commerce two decades ago, Young said there weren't any sufficient resources in Tulsa to work with people who lost their jobs. That led him to found the job support center that eventually became Career Development Services.

Young said Career Services' goal was to help people with job transition in traditional avenues such as resume building and interview skills. The company also provided assessment tools and training that would better equip them to re-enter the work force.

"There is a high correlation between depression and unemployment," he said. "If you look at any statistics they will tell you anytime there is a spike in unemployment, violent crimes increase."

The company had its fair share of ups and downs during his 12 years there, Young said.

In 2000 Young went through several life-changing experiences. He lost both parents and decided the time had come for him to change careers, so he took a job as managing consultant with The Williams Companies. …