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In honor of Judi Grutter

In honor of Judi Grutter

We are sad to say that the career development community has lost one of its best authors, influencers, educators, and friends – Judith “Judi” Grutter

11.24.1942 – 12.16.2014

On behalf of everyone at CPP, Inc. I sadly share the passing of Judi Grutter, a prolific author, expert on career development and true friend of CPP. Judi wrote some of the most important works on career exploration and development and counseled thousands of people on their career goals. Judi also was a passionate educator having certified many professionals in the use of the Myers Briggs® Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory® instruments. Judi inspired everyone who sought her advice and I’m certain there are many people succeeding in their chosen careers today because of Judi’s wisdom.

~ Jeff Hayes, President & CEO of CPP, Inc.


Born in Montclair, New Jersey, and raised in New Jersey and Hamilton, NY. Judith was a 1960 graduate of the Northfield School, 1966 graduate of Syracuse University, 1974 recipient of her MS in Counseling from California State University Los Angeles, and all but dissertation in Higher Education and Adult Development from University of California Los Angeles. Forty years as a career development professional included a vocational specialist for Los Angeles County Schools, Community College Counselor, and a professor of career education and counseling at California State University Northridge. In 1978 she and her husband, Bill Schatz, started GS Consultants, a consulting business that trains counselors and Human Resource professionals in how to use psychological assessments. GS currently stands alone as the premiere training company on career assessments. Judi married William Karl Schatz in 1974 and settled in Southern California until 1992 when they moved to South Lake Tahoe. Bill preceded Judi in death from colon cancer in 2004. She leaves an older sister: Ann Appley of Claremont, CA; two step-children: Paul Schatz of Tucson, AZ, and Karla (Schatz) Hood of Seattle, WA; and four nieces/nephews: Anne Cohen of Pasadena, CA, Todd Corham of Kansas City, MO, Jean Cohen of Portland, OR, and L. Pete Cohen of Solana Beach, CA.

Judi consulted regularly with business, industry, education, and government on programs and issues related to career selection, satisfaction, and transition. She was a recognized authority on the uses of assessment in career counseling and consulting, and was co-author of the Strong Interest Inventory® Interpretive Report, the Strong Interest Inventory® User’s Guide, the Strong/MBTI® Career Report, and Where do I go Next? Using Your Strong Results to Manage Your Career. She developed the online MBTI® Certification Program for Career Counselors and Educators, and was the author of Career Exploration for College Students Using the Strong and the MBTI® Tools, and a series of workbooks entitled Making It In Today’s Organizations Using the Strong and MBTI®. A past president of the California Career Development Association, Ms. Grutter was a recipient of the National Career Development Association’s Career Counselor of the Year Award, and the California Career Development Association’s 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award and Judith Grutter Practitioner of the Year Award, awarded in 1996 and named in her honor.



  1. I am very sad to hear about Judi’s passing, even while she was sick she and I were in communication and she was always mentoring and coaching me in my practice. I will very much miss you my friend.

  2. Judi’s passing is a major loss to the career development community. She was an extraordinary and progressive woman of her time. I met Judi in 2005 at an educator workshop and participated in the beta testing of her online Strong and MBTI qualifying/certifying programs. She was the go-to expert in the field and I had the complete honor and privilege of knowing her on a first-name-basis. I incorporated her Career Exploration and Where Do I Go Next texts in my career courses and she was always just a phone call away for any questions that I had. She will be missed dearly.

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