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Walk the Walk© began in a small farming community in Rose Hill, NC. The principal at Charity Middle School wanted his school counselor, Doug Shirley, to create a program targeting his at-risk student population.

A program, Walk in My Shoes, was created in 1996 where problematic students were placed on academic/discipline contracts. If they adhered to the terms they were rewarded with a job shadowing experience. The success stories were documented and presented at various functions. 

The Duplin County Board of Education caught wind of the program and implemented into a six figure JobReady grant. Doug was asked to speak to an audience of politicians in Raleigh, NC, to showcase the program. A short time later Duplin County was awarded the grant and Duplin County JobReady was formed. Walk In My Shoes was implemented in all high schools in the county. A total of 500+ students participated.

The program earned many awards and distinctions. Once the grant money ran out the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction recognized the need to continue with programs such as Walk In My Shoes. 

Doug earned his Career Development Facilitator license and worked to expand the program in Raleigh, NC.

A comprehensive career development program entitled Walk the Walk© was born. It was recognized at various state-wide conferences, earned a number of awards and recipients of several grants. Doug decided to return to his home in western Pennsylvania and form a non profit organization entitled Career Walk Inc. where he serves as President. 

Our Proven Track Record

Food For Thought Teacher Grant Recipient

The Food for Thought Education Fund

Visual Learning Grant Recipient

Polaroid Education Program

Bright Ideas Grant Recipient

Wake Electricity

Best Practice

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Most Outstanding Work Based Program

The Governor's Commission on Workforce Preparedness

Recognized 4 consecutive years at North Carolina CTE Summer Conference

North Carolina CTE


Our Board

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Doug Shirley


Doug earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Greensboro College in Greensboro, NC, and his M.Ed. in School Counseling from Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, PA.


He also earned a Career Development Facilitator license from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and a Global Career Development Facilitator license from the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc.


He has enjoyed various roles in the counseling field, including, Middle School and High School Counselor, Career Development Coordinator, Mobile Therapist, and Outpatient Therapist. He also has years of Accounting experience. He is an avid tennis player and loves to travel. His favorite vacation spot is Kauai, Hawaii.

Scott Hacker

Vice President

Scott has a BS in Finance from Penn State University as well as Associates degrees in both Accounting and Banking. Scott has spent most of his life in Western Pennsylvania. He and his wife Kathy live in Butler, PA and have two sons.

Scott now works with New York Life and NYLIFE Securities helping business owners and individuals create, manage, and protect their wealth; including the tax impact of each strategy. Scott had spent 18 years in commercial lending with various banks, and has spent 5 years as General Manager of a family owned metal fabricating company. 

Scott's passion for business is focused on helping people understand what their options are and helping them understand the impact to their business' and families. Career Walk Inc. focuses on helping our children understand what their options are relative to education and job choices fits this same focus.

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Joseph M. Wall  CPP, CSSP, PSSP

Advisory Board Member

Joseph Wall joins our organization as he serves as the Regional Sales Manager for Stanley Convergent Security Solutions, a division of Stanley Black and Decker.  Mr. Wall has a career that has been dedicated to the safety and security of people, property and assets for the better part of 25 years.  Prior to his recent appointment, Mr. Wall served as the Senior Security Consultant on a Regional basis for Stanley.  Mr. Wall came to Stanley from JW Associates, a Security Consulting Firm in which he served as President and Managing General Partner.  His career also includes regional and national posts with Siemens Building Technologies and Convergent Technologies.  Mr. Wall holds a Level 4 certification with the National Security Agency, and a Level 4 certification with the Department of Homeland Security, to go along with a Level 2 Federal Emergency Management Agency Certification.

Mr. Wall is very active in the Western Pennsylvania community, founding and serving as Executive Director of Mooseheart Charities of Pittsburgh, a non-profit organization focused on raising funds in part for Mooseheart Child City and School, as well as other charitable causes focused on children and seniors in Western Pennsylvania.  He has given back to his community, serving as a coach for youth baseball and softball for over 20 years in both Ingomar Franklin Park and Bauerstown Baseball and Softball Organizations.

Mr. Wall was educated at North Allegheny High School, the University of Pittsburgh, as well as formal certification training at Langley, and the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA.  Considered an expert in Emergency readiness and preparedness, Mr. Wall serves as a guest lecturer at Walsh University in Canton, and Point Park University in the area of Homeland Security.  In May of 2020, it is anticipated that he will publish his first book.

Mr. Wall is the proud father of two daughters, Megan, a cardiac care nurse at Childrens Hospital and nursing instructor at Duquesne University; and Kelly, a High School History Teacher at Oakland Catholic High School, and attends graduate school at Duquesne University.

Mr. Wall resides in the Shaler area.