Katy has been invaluable in my search to find the right landing spot as I pivot careers. She is part strategist, part thought provoker, and part cheerleader. And she has a masterful knack for knowing when to invoke these various skills to bring out a clarity of purpose and desire that is often hard to pinpoint on your own. She has a way of repackaging your own, sometimes confusing, thoughts in a way that adds meaningful direction. I could go on and on with superlatives, but suffice it to say that if you are looking for someone to confide in and learn from about yourself, your professional skills, your career ambitions, and your potential, look no further than Katy.
— James T., NYC | Finance Professional
When identifying a single phrase to describe my experience with Katy, my mind inevitably concludes that she is “a blessing in disguise.” With all the mental stressors that come with transitioning from a comfortable college life to a fast-paced work environment, Katy is the perfect psychological reinforcement with her optimistic vitality and consistent support. Her advice is tailored to my personal aspirations where she gives me one-on-one suggestions I am confident cannot be found elsewhere. She has provided me with all the resources, tactics, and application guidance I need to market myself and pursue an undeniably successful strategy. She has perfected her ability to form interpersonal connections with her clients, making them feel like her friend and constantly have them in mind. Working with Katy has provided me with an irrevocable amount of opportunity, exposure, and increased knowledge on how to situate myself in a career I truly aspire for.
— Brianna A., Los Angeles | Marketing Communications and Graphic Designer
Katy is an incredibly talented, natural coach. Her values-centered guidance challenged me to think beyond just “the job search” and focus more on finding a career that would capitalize on my passions and strengths. Her knowledge of so many industries and her willingness to connect me to her network were particularly valuable to a recent college graduate with a minimal network. Her uplifting, positive, and fun personality make her easy to open up to and wonderful to work with. She has not only been an amazing coach but also a caring mentor, and the strategies and lessons she has provided have inspired and motivated me to live a life in congruency with my values and passions. Katy is truly one-of-a-kind, and I would recommend her to anyone looking for an intuitive, sincere, and deeply passionate coach.
— Stephanie C., Chicago | Media Strategist
Katy is incredibly intuitive, a wonderful listener, and highly pragmatic and has found her calling as a career coach. In terms of pedigree, she is a successful business person who also happens to be a trained coaching professional. Katy assesses and offers a view of your situation quickly. She was extremely helpful in developing my resume, my vision for my career, and for thinking through how to manage my current situation while pursuing a new one. She sees the best in you and helps you to build a plan for how to put those strengths and passions to work in a career. Equal parts business and advisor, coach, and cheerleader, Katy helps you to bring your vision to life. I’m very grateful to have worked with her during a challenging period professionally and highly recommend her services to anyone who is looking to transform their career.
— Dave B., Philadelphia | Business Development Executive
Flexible. Intuitive. Responsive. Caring. From our first coaching session together, Katy helped me clarify my thoughts on my career transition and identify what I needed to do to move forward. She helped me see the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ by breaking down the steps I needed to take into bite-sized actions. I would highly recommend Katy as both a career and personal coach - in fact, this combination is what makes Katy such a wonderful coach and human being to work with. Her follow-through is remarkable, as is her steadfast positive attitude. I would definitely work with her again!
— Elke, Chicago | Marketing Communications & Design
I often tell friends and colleagues that Katy was like a divine messenger to me during a time of tough decision-making. Indeed, as an investment banker who was considering enrollment in divinity school, I needed advisers in my corner who could help me make sense of the path that had led me to that point, as well as increase my confidence that my dreams are both achievable and worthy of pursuing. Katy is so gifted at understanding her client’s purpose and charting out alternatives for them to decide upon. I leave every conversation feeling empowered and energized, knowing that Katy believes in me and that I have the tools to make good decisions about my career. All of this, in addition to her kindness and friendship, makes recommending Katy to others such a joy. I could not do so more highly.
— Haris, Boston, Theology Ethics and Business Leadership
Katy was an invaluable source of advice, motivation and guidance throughout my tumultuous post-college career search. She effectively identified my strengths and helped me to establish a personal brand and value proposition: two tools that gave me the confidence to assert my worth throughout my interview process. Katy went above and beyond with me and simultaneously operated as a coach, mentor, friend and even therapist (on the really frustrating days!). She utilized her broad industry knowledge and her sizeable network to help me create meaningful connections and explore an array of career opportunities. She was relentlessly positive, supportive and motivating from the beginning of my search until my final interview. Katy truly advocates for her clients and believes in their potential, which made all the difference in my ability to ultimately land a satisfying position.
— Claire, Chicago, Talent Recruitment Professional
I worked with Katy over the course of several months, as I was assessing career options at my current employer, considering board positions and thinking through my career path options. Katy was supportive, radically candid, and provided healthy debate to my decision making. In addition, we worked on best methods of articulating strengths based on different roles I was exploring. I’m happy to say that I have recently been promoted and am actively engaged in conversations for a board position. Having Katy to vet out opportunities with an unbiased lens was incredibly valuable. I continue to look forward to sessions with Katy, as I continue to develop my executive career.
— F., Chicago, Corporate Vice-President
“Katy is able to leverage her vast expertise to quickly assess my business model and the unique value I bring to my clients. She was able to identify specific actionable tips and strategies that I am confident will deliver increased brand awareness and exponential growth to my already successful B2B sales coaching business. Katy is observant, reads people extremely well, and her sincerity in wanting to serve others is the real deal.”
— Audie F., Chicago | Sales Coach and Consultant
“Katy has not only inspired me, but has taught me more valuable advice than any of my college professors have given me for finding a career. She truly cares about you and believes in your abilities. Katy’s persistency and energy is contagious. She sparked my drive and ambition to find the right career for me!”
— Marissa L., Chicago | Communications & Graphic Design Professional
“As a Senior in college seeking to land my first full-time job while also juggling a heavy academic course load, the job search process for me was initially overwhelming and riddled with uncertainty. Working with Katy changed all of that, as her coaching not only allowed me to organize the focus of my career search, but pursue an efficient plan of action uniquely tailored to my experience, interests, and abilities. Katy was an invaluable asset to me from my initial search and application process to my final interviews, and I can say with certainty that I would not have landed my dream job without her guidance.”
— Alec M., Chicago | Professional Services Consultant
What I found most helpful about Katy’s coaching was her ability to really see me—or maybe I should say, see the real me! I feel like Katy helped free the potential in me. Like most women, so much of what I do at work and at home is worthwhile but invisible and fragmented. Working with Katy helped me value what I do and gave me the courage to do things in a bigger, more visible way. Thank you Katy for pushing me into my “big leap”!
— Tracy L., Chicago | Doctor of Medicine and Registered Nurse
Katy is a gifted listener. It’s more than her empathy and ability to focus on someone else; she is uniquely able to distill what she has heard into valuable, credible insight. Her ability to do that distinguishes her from all other coaches. Katy has the smarts, drive, education and experience foundation essential when communicating with executives. I believe that Katy was meant to be a coach. I find myself often thinking about her words, remembering them and acting upon them. I recommend Katy highly as a executive and career coach.”
— Alison T., Washington DC | Corporate Executive
I wanted to say a special thank you to my Mastermind Partner, Katy Hansell, who in less than an hour helped me to clarify a transition time for my business. I had been focused on producing content and Katy encouraged me to start switching to a new gear for my business and start taking advantage of all the different channels my content could be distributed in. It was a significant ah-ha moment...no wonder I had been feeling stuck...it was time to switch into third gear! Katy was so quick to zero in on where I was struggling with. I am forever grateful for the new energy this brought to my business.
— Jill D., Vancouver | Blogger, Speaker, Coach
“Every time I finish a session with Katy it feels like a weight has been lifted from my mind and heart. She gets it. She reads through the dizziness of business politics, and personal emotional turmoil eloquently. On numerous occasions, Katy has unblocked my creativity, and helped me create well-thought out strategies that sit well with my intentions, and positively affect my salary. Katy is the un-biased voice of guidance who will lead you to short-term solutions, with long-term gains—within your self and your career.”
— Sahar P., Houston | Author, Transformational Speaker, Yoga Instructor, & Life Coach
Katy was invaluable in helping me to determine the next steps in my career. As a young professional, Katy’s guidance in how to navigate a career change and how to determine what I should be looking for in my next role was very helpful in guiding my job search. Additionally, she also continued to provide support and mentorship throughout the job search, helping me to evaluate opportunities and interview for roles. I really appreciated Katy’s support and guidance and would highly recommend working with her!
— Tessa, Chicago | Consultant
I recommend Katy as an insightful, funny, heart-centered, results-oriented business and life success coach. She will bowl you over with her pin-point laser coaching and help you quickly determine the strategy for moving into your vision for growth! I am honored to know her as part of a dynamic Master Mind group and have benefited greatly from her observations and intuitive coaching style. If you are seeking a mentor for fast results, she is amazing! Call her NOW!”
— Sharell B., Minnesota | Packaging Executive
I have been working closely with Katy for more than a year now. Katy empowered me to find my inner strength and let it shine. I am now happily employed at my dream job and can confidently say that I would not be where I am today without Katy’s expert guidance and support. Katy is a trustworthy, high performing and effective career coach with strong integrity and an unwavering passion for helping others make their dreams a reality. Katy consistently delivers exceptional value and exceeds her clients’ expectations by fully immersing herself in their individual needs and helping them to fully explore their own path forward without imposing her own opinions. I highly recommend Katy to anyone looking for a highly qualified, motivational, and inspiring career coach. I would be happy to speak with you directly and share more insight about Katy.”
— Lizzie W., NYC | Corporate Marketing, Digital and Social Media Strategist
“The coaching with Katy was perfect for me at this stage. It got me going and thinking! It also helped to eliminate fear. I found it very valuable to discuss a wide range of thoughts with Katy. I felt Katy really heard my thoughts and be able to focus them. I felt that each session a lot was poured into the top of the funnel and then the best thoughts made it out. In future coaching, I think benchmarking versus other women going back to work might help me.”
— Kristi N., Chicago | Board Member and Professional Volunteer, Marketing/ Advertising Professional
I recently met with Katy to discuss a new business concept I am developing. Katy was able to instantly connect with the idea and understood its value. She was able to offer concrete suggestions for moving ahead while validating my approach. Katy helped increase my sense of making my dream happen and was inspiring to me!”
— Pamela C., San Francisco | Disability Rights Attorney and Advocate, Entrepreneur
Katy has continually displayed her compassionate, caring nature accompanied by her commitment and high level of integrity; all traits ideal for an Executive Coach. As a trained professional, Katy is truly a master of her subject. But what distinguishes her from other career coaches is that Katy has worked for years as a business strategy consultant in many different client organizations. Thus Katy is able to coach from a deep and broad experience base. Katy’s high level of insight and expertise allows her to help you see yourself from a completely new perspective. Katy asks the right questions, provides the right level of feedback, and yet puts you in the driver seat, supporting you on life’s journey with motivation, empowerment and candor. If you are looking for a comforting and safe space in which to navigate change with greater ease and more confidence, you should consider seeking a confidential consultation with Katy Hansell.”
— Cheri G., Boston | Information Technology Specialist and Corporate Executive
“I found Katy to be a gifted, intuitive listener who distilled my wandering musings into clear, actionable goals. She was a relentless cheerleader at career juncture when I needed it most. I went to her initially for help in getting un-stuck and crafting a plan. I kept up the relationship all the way through informational interviewing, interviewing and final acceptance of a job in a new field. She was empathic, patient, insightful – I could go on and on with positive adjectives. She was particularly adept at helping me see grander possibilities than I ever saw for myself. I felt lucky to have Katy’s career guidance and now feel lucky to count her as a friend. I heartily recommend her to anyone in career transition.”
— Lindsay L., Chicago | Global Executive Search Principal
“I found Katy while searching for coaches who work with alumni of Bain/ BCG/ McKinsey like me. Katy is herself a BCG alum, which is even better. She understands where consulting alumni are coming from. She was able to distill my ramblings into succinct statements of what’s really going on, actionable insights on what I could control and change in my situation, and what I could not. I came out of our sessions taking big actions to embark on a new path!”
— Wendy N. | Corporate Marketing Executive
My experience with Katy is ongoing; after spending several weeks collaborating with her as a coach and wise colleague in life, I have determined that she is a guide and mentor I will access for life. She has an unrivaled intuition and ear. She will demystify the inner workings of your thought process and translate back logical, sometimes linear, always understandable actions and processes in a matter of moments. Your confusion is her diffusion. Since being exposed to her empathetic “decipherings”, I have been able to increase all manner of productivity and momentum in my life. I cherish the connection we’ve made and literally cannot recommend her enough. Cheers!
— Sara N., Chicago | Project Manager, Team Anchor
When I was hoping to begin a new profession, I met with Katy to discuss my prospects. Katy was able to help me identify my strengths and competencies from my past employment that would be of benefit to my new employers. She also inspired me that I could have the career I wanted and coached me on how to position myself to prospective employers. I am now happily working in the profession of my choosing and making a difference in people’s lives every day. I really value the support that Katy gave me and helped launch me in this rewarding career. I recommend Katy for anyone who is thinking about changing careers or entering a new profession!”
— Parveen A., Chicago | Professional Services, Entrepreneur
Katy was able to instantly tune into my mission and to offer validation, acknowledgement, and inspiration in a laser coaching flash interaction. As a result, I felt more uplifted and clear about my mission and purpose. I can highly recommend Katy to anyone seeking a highly intuitive, easy to connect with guide or mentor.”
— Michele P., Seattle | Web designer, Info Tech Entrepreneur
I would like to recommend Katy as a business coach. She is reliable, honest, and very helpful. She has a very organized, easy-going and respectful personality. Katy impressed me with her capability and dedication, positive attitude, and sincerity.”
— Iuliia S., Chicago | Professional Services, Entrepreneur
Katy, I am so grateful for your insightful laser coaching. You were very perceptive, on the mark, and kind with what I needed to change/ do to move forward with my life. My time with you has been well spent. You’re the BEST!”
— Thelma Jo M., South Florida | Professional Services, Entrepreneur
Katy, you were such an inspiration to me when I was going through my career change. Thank you for the huge difference you made in my life and in the lives of other women!”
— -Christina C., Chicago, Marketing and Promotion Specialist
Katy, you always have an amazing way of connecting to people. It’s a gift. You are special. Share it! I highly recommend Katy for life, career, business and executive coaching.”
— Dianne A., Santa Fe | Corporate Executive
I reached out to Katy when I decided I was in the wrong job. Working with Katy, I was able to quickly identify my dream job and target the continuing education and certification I would need to make it happen. Katy also helped me figure out how to tap into multiple streams of income to finance my continuing education and support my family. She helped me figure out how to manage my online presence expertly to attract ongoing opportunities. Katy gave me very practical and helpful advice about how to manage my transition with my former employer. I recommend Katy to anyone who is looking to make a career transition or enter a new profession.”
— Hilda N., Chicago | Professional Services, Entrepreneur
After running a successful business with my husband for decades, I found myself wanting to re-enter the job market in a new way. I really missed being around people and having the opportunity to work. While I met with several people, I had not found a job. Katy worked with me to put together a skills-based resume that helped employers see the many competencies I had exercised over the years in my experiences helping run our restaurant. Katy helped me to feel more confident and prepared re-entering the job market. In partnership with Katy and my son, I was able to find the perfect job for me and feel happy in my new workplace! I recommend Katy to anyone who is looking for some assistance re-entering the job market and found her help very valuable.”
— Nada S., Chicago | Professional Services, Entrepreneur
Katy was tremendous in pinpointing most effective next steps in my career as part of the laser coaching she provided. Her focus, dedication and solid methodology are invaluable and crucial to one’s career orientation. I am forever grateful for her guidance and I strongly recommend Katy’s Laser Coaching to anyone in any phase of their career.
— Emile J., Chicago, Renewable Energy Professional