​​​​Bridging the Gap from College to the Real World

Lauren Aaron

Vice President

Ms. Aaron is an experienced leader in both the financial sector and non-profit world. Her experience ranges from corporate finance at a large bank, to leading several boards in the non-profit sector, including the Charles T. King Student Loan Fund, providing need-based, interest free loans to further educational goals of local students. Her strong financial and analytical roles help her bring creative solutions to complex situations. As a ‘go-to’ problem solver, she adds another dimension to guiding students and graduates by simplifying the career search process. She earned her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Rutgers University Graduate School of Management. 

Service Area: Our Expert Career Consulting services are available in Northern New Jersey, greater NYC area and in the tristate metropolitan areas - NY, NJ, CT.

We understand how to guide college students to finding a job or internship. Serving the Northern New Jersey area, we provide career counseling for college students and recent graduates with clear strategies on how to bring your best skills and knowledge to an employer.

Let Our Expert Career Consulting Team Help You Find the First Job after College

Peter Blacksberg


Mr. Blacksberg is a consultant to businesses and non-profit organizations. Currently the President of Riverside Cemetery in Saddle Brook, NJ, he is responsible for all aspects of cemetery management including oversight of the $40M endowment portfolio and serves on the boards of the American Institute for Economic Research, Association of Independent Cemeteries and the New Jersey Cemetery Association. He holds a BFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Columbia University.

Beth Hendler-Grunt


Beth Hendler-Grunt is a dynamic leader, adviser and facilitator who has extensive experience consulting from start-ups to Fortune 500 firms. She has proven success with guiding firms, sales teams and individuals to achieve their sales performance and strategic planning goals. 

Ms. Hendler-Grunt is leveraging and scaling her corporate expertise by bringing that experience to college students to help them succeed when they graduate. This is based on a clear understanding of the career development process and the requirements needed to succeed in today's competitive environment. Next Great Step has facilitated student strategy and development sessions for recent graduates and current students at leading universities as well as one-on-one consultations.

Ms. Hendler-Grunt earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis in 1992 and a Masters of Business Administration from the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University in 1998. Ms. Hendler-Grunt has over 20 years of business and sales leadership success in the high tech and management consulting sector.