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SHiFT Success Story- Bernice Hillukka

SHiFT Success Story- Bernice Hillukka

Bernice Hillukka

The hardest part of career transition for Bernice Hillukka was “putting yourself out there.” After spending 30 years in a career with a financial services corporation, Bernice did not feel challenged and so decided to start her own business. She joined SHiFT, listened to Forum speakers talk about transition and risk and how it is ok to change. She met with people in SHiFT Circles who helped her sort out what she wanted to do with her work experience, recent master’s degree in Human Resources, and value system of wanting to contribute to people’s well-being.

Then she decided to take the plunge and start her own business. Bernice is founder and sole owner of Harmony Services, a daily management service for people who need help with tasks such as money and bill management, housekeeping, errands, groceries and cooking. To build her business, she now has to network to get customers and she finds putting herself out there a whole new experience. But she is grateful to be on her own, making decisions with a view to human needs, and for the support she received from so many others making their own transitions. To pay it forward, Bernice has volunteered to support the SHiFT Executive Board as an administrative assistant.

You can learn more about Bernice and her business at

If you have a story to tell about how SHiFT helped you successfully manage your transition, I’d like to hear from you. Please contact me at Marilyncondon@ or contact Shift’s new Editor-in-Chief, Valerie Rose Redmond at

–Marilyn Condon

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