Navigate the Career Jungle
with The Red Lion...

...and forge ahead on your path to career success!

Are you a high school student, college student, recent graduate, or the parent/guardian of one? 
If so, read on...

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Did you know that 50% of students will change their major at least once before they graduate college? This results in added tuition, fees, and living expenses not to mention the opportunity cost of not working in the “real world”.

Planning and managing your career plan is not only fulfilling but also smart! 

Are you ready to get started?


Our Company

Why The Red Lion?

Red [red] adjective \ enthusiastic, energetic, active, confident, passionate

Li-on [ˈlī-ən] noun \ power, strength, respect, leader, “king of the jungle”

Red + Lion = one who roars with success

We are experienced professionals who specialize in working with high school students, college students, and young adults to help them plan and manage their careers so that they can "roar with success".  After all, on a given workday, we spend more time working than we do sleeping! So, are you ready to identify your best-fit career?

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Our Offerings

The Red Lion's P3 Model helps you discover WHO you are, WHAT you want to do and WHERE you want to do it.  Be prepared to complete assessments and exercises as a part of the initial program. Once you are self-aware, The Red Lion helps you find or get on the right career path!


Career Planning Studios

Our Career Planning Studios are structured workshops that take place in person or online and will typically consist of at least 6 participants.  The benefit of the studio is that participants can share and learn from one another.

Individual Career Planning

Individual career planning follows the same format of the Studio but can be customized for individual needs.  The program lasts about 4 hours but the number of sessions are flexible.

Career Advisory Services

We provide advisory services to assist you in your career planning and management.  These services encompass resume and cover letter guidance, personal branding, job search strategies, research/lead generation, mentoring assistance and interviewing techniques.

Our Team


Sharmila Fowler


Sharmila Fowler is Founder, Consultant & Coach of The Red Lion Institute, Inc.  She is a Certified Myers-Briggs (MBTI®) Trainer,  Certified Professional Resume Writer and Member of The Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches.  She holds an MBA in Marketing and Strategic Planning from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Computer Science/Mathematics from the University of Rochester.  

After preparing her kids for college, she recognized that she was continually drawn to articles and books on career planning, she was highly engaged in discussions on this topic with students and young adults, and she became a resource for friends and family on career-related matters.  Eventually, The Red Lion was born.  

She is skilled at working with both people and information and is excited to share with others her varied business experiences that cover a broad range of functions and industries.  She has worked at large corporations and at start-ups and has had substantial global experience traveling to places in Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia for business. She also has a wide professional network across many disciplines of business, medicine and law that she can tap into for advice and networking. She lives with her family in Naperville, IL.


Contact Us

Whether you are a high school student, college student, recent graduate, or the parent/guardian of one, please reach out to connect so you can realize the benefits of proper career planning and management.



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