Diana Villarreal

  • Co-Founder

    Diana Villarreal

    Diana Villarreal is the Principal and Chief Executive Officer at ACREAUS a company that provides leadership and technologies that solve complex business objectives. A trusted strategic partner working with CEOs, NPOs, entrepreneurs, and small businesses, ACREAUS helps clients establish innovative growth strategies to reach business goals.

    Diana’s commitment to advocacy and serving those less fortunate with love is a guiding principle in her life. In 2009, at the beginning of the downturn of the economy, Diana co-founded Career Confidence, formally Beltway Job Search Partners, a non-profit organization providing free educational workshops to business executives in career transition. It has a membership base of over 2200 people and it is the second largest organization in its class in the Washington, DC region.

    In 2014, Diana founded Project Hope International, a non-profit organization, to strengthen vulnerable communities by implementing programs that inspire and create positive change through education, sports, music, art and mentoring. Project Hope International believes that programs like these provide a pathway to reconnecting people to the resources needed to get their lives back on track. Project Hope International has partnered with over 22 nonprofits reaching over 3 continents.

  • Founding Director

    Robert was born in the mid 1960’s in Nashville TN to Marcy and Seawell J. Brandau. Robert was the 4th generation of Brandau Printing a large format offset printing company which produced items that could be found in most people’s homes in the United States.

    After college Robert returned to work in the family printing firm for 5 years. Unfortunately, this was a color printing firm and Robert was color blind. This was one of many reasons this was not a good fit. 

    There were many reasons Robert left Nashville TN in 1992 and moved to Washington DC.

    Robert held various jobs in the Washington DC area, prior to becoming a recruiter in April of 1998 for Consultis a new recruiting firm. For the 3 years he was there, Robert generally was the top performer in his role for the 5 regional offices he was part of. He loved (and still loves) building business from scratch. Robert has reason to believe he was the top performer of the 40 nationwide offices for high end placements.

    Robert started his own firm Increasing Revenue where he provided sales consulting and salesperson recruitment services. In 2003, he volunteered with Ready to Work a division of Women in Technology that assisted job seekers. Over the years, Robert went from being a recruiter focused solely on finding appropriate talent for his clients to having a heart to assist motivated job seekers in streamlining their job search.

    Since January of 1993, Robert has been a supporter of CBMC (Christian Business Men’s Connection) a national organization. Since 2003, Robert has been a Director of the High Tech Prayer Breakfast, one of the largest annual events in Northern Virginia. Robert served one year on the planning committee of the Alaska Forum on the Environment.

    In 2009, Robert along with Diana Villarreal and Boyd Camak started Beltway Job Search Partners which has become Career-Confidence.org. As far as we can tell, this is the only organization helping motivated job seekers run by professional recruiters. Giving the right advice to job seekers can only happen when the people on the other side of the desk (HR and Recruiters) are providing the advice. Thus, our speakers are true professionals rather than just concerned volunteers. Since the humble beginnings in McLean, Virginia it has grown into a national organization.

    Robert thrives on assisting individuals in their job search. The one on one in depth interaction is everything to him. Many have received advice and suggestions that they have implemented leading them to better jobs, more pay, and happier lives.

  • FREE Webinars for Motivated Job Seekers

    We are located online for now, and as soon as we move back to in-person meetings, you'll be the first to know! 

    Career Confidence is a business education organization. All the content is controlled by people who are experienced, professional recruiters. At the end of most seminars, there is a 10-minute Christian story.  Our topics cover some obvious topics such as writing resumes which recruiters will read to more advanced topics such as negotiating your job offer. Finally, we cover topics that few people consider such as how to have a job created for you when no job exists.

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  • Leadership Team


    Robert Brandau

    Founding Director of Career-Confidence

    Director High Tech Prayer Breakfast Co-Founder Beltway Job Search Partners

    Diana Villareal

    Marketing Strategist

    Founder, Project Hope International Honorary Co-Founder of Career-Confidence.org Co-Founder Beltway Job Search Partners


  • Our Experts

    Sara Bridwell

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    Thomas Jones

    Team lead for Veterans and Diversity Recruiting at Perspecta

    Mike Bruni

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    Brenda Grady

    Ministry of Defense Advisors (MoDA) Global Recruiter (CTR), Defense Security Cooperation Agency

    Shira (Harrington) Lotzar

    Executive Recruiter

    Laura Hamilton

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    Kathryn M Murphy

    Executive Search/Consulting

    Hope Johnson

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    Bob Roop

    Chief Human Resources Officer

    Danisha Martin

    Retained Executive Search at Impact Search Advisors by Nonprofit HR

    Nelly Gomez

    Human Resource Manager, PHR, Certified Leadership Coach

    Jenny Hayes

    Recruiter at Hays Construction

    Carole Stizza

    Executive Coach / Interviewing Expert 

    Brian Rush

    Human Capital Consultant at Accenture Federal Services

    Bob Macha

    Talent Acquisition Specialist at Zeiders Enterprises, Inc


    Justin Marcus

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    Mary Walter Arthur

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    Star Anderson 

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    Linda Howard

    * Nonprofit Project Management Trainer * Facilitator * Consultant *

    Teresa Allison

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    Becky Ta

    Treasure Hunter for Talent

  • Board of Directors

    Doris McMillon



    Carlo Anez



    Brenda Grady

    #2 Brenda


    Jenny Diaz

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    Richard Taylor



    Jim White