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Hidden Gems: Meet Emily Hirsekorn of Hirsekorn Coaching, LLC

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Hirsekorn.

Hi Emily, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Coming out of grad school, my career was all that mattered. I lacked self-awareness, and self-care was non-existent. Relationships suffered, and my health deteriorated. But once I had kids, I knew things had to change.

Let’s back up just a bit. Before law school, I earned my B.A. in Psychology, with a research focus on hope. I worked under C.R. Snyder, a Positive Psychology pioneer, exploring the correlations between different sources of social support and hope. Deep down, I felt called to help people achieve their goals, but I didn’t know how to do that professionally. So I went to law school to make a “good” living in 2007, right before the 2008 recession hit.

I worked my ass off, excelled in law school, then networked my way into a “unicorn” of a job in dreamy San Diego, despite graduating during the Great Recession and moving into a tight-knit market. But soon enough, I found myself working long hours, stressed, out of alignment, and unhappy in my marriage. I had significant health issues I wasn’t addressing and continued to power through to make it in the career and marriage I thought “made sense” but wasn’t feeling deep down.

I then moved into law school career development and quickly realized just how commonplace these issues were amongst high-achieving professionals and how they led to rampant career confusion, untapped potential, and ultimately burnout. I also recognized that my personal life needed some major work and married the true love of my life, started therapy and working with coaches, and ultimately returned to my hometown of Kansas City to rebuild and grow where we felt most at home and most inspired.

And I was compelled to help others make a similar shift. From concerned to confident, from unfulfilled to purposeful, from living by default to living by design. So I became a certified professional coach for other high-achieving professionals and left my day job in 2021.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced?
Life is a bumpy road. And so is the journey into entrepreneurship! It took years to put all the pieces together and figure out what I wanted to do professionally. During those early years, the jobs I worked didn’t always align well with my values, desired schedule, or strengths, which caused some serious discomfort. But there was a clear purpose in every step of that journey. While the hours and antagonistic nature of practicing law weren’t for me, that experience enabled me to secure my job in law school career development, which ultimately inspired my career confidence coaching practice. And both practicing law and working for a law school gave me the foundation I needed to empathize with my lawyer clients based on my first-hand experience with the industry.

Starting the business also had its challenges. Once I decided to pursue a coaching career, I was working two jobs while building the business, completing an intensive coaching certification program, and parenting two young children who were home all day due to COVID. I worked long hours and rarely left my house. But I pulled it off because (1) I had tons of energy around my new career, and (2) I knew the extra effort in the very beginning would set me up for long-term success. As any entrepreneur can tell you, building a business is both exciting and scary. The income isn’t steady; you must create from the ground up systems and habits that carry the business even when your energy is low, and you have to constantly refine your messaging, offerings, and vision to adjust to your customer’s needs and stay relevant and authentic. It’s been a wild ride, but investing in myself and my business, networking, and committing to value alignment have enabled me to create a thriving business in just a couple of years!

Thanks – so, what else should our readers know about Hirsekorn Coaching, LLC?
You may be wondering why I emphasize “confidence” so much in a practice that helps folks design a purposeful career and work-life integration. Throughout my eight years of coaching and career development work, I’ve seen confidence as the single common thread woven throughout career concerns. When you graduate from school and enter the workforce or make a major transition mid-career, you tend to lack confidence in your ability to do the job. Then, once you get comfortable in your role, you may question what’s next and lack confidence in your career choices. Ultimately, when you advance into a leadership role, with little training, you may lack confidence in your ability to lead others. And, finally, many of us craving work-life balance lack confidence in the ability to make it truly happen. So I help my clients build confidence wherever they’re at in their careers and with respect to every goal they’re pursuing.

I am also very proud of staying true to who I am while building a thriving business, which can be very challenging early on when you want to please everyone! I learned very quickly that working with people who appreciate my quirks maximizes client relationships and networking opportunities. I also pride myself on creating a laid-back space where my clients feel like they can open up about some of the most challenging things in their lives without judgment; they can dream, change, and grow in a partnership they trust; and have some fun along the way. Lastly, I completed one of the most intensive coaching training programs out there, which not only provided me with a strong coaching methodology to help folks achieve their goals, it also helped me shift my own energy and perspectives, practice the principles I preach, and experience first-hand the transformational power of long-term coaching.

I currently offer one-on-one coaching, as well as group coaching for corporate clients. All of my work is based on my Career Confidence Code framework, which is designed to help you (i) figure out who you really are and what you want most for your career, (ii) go after it with confidence, and (iii) maintain your success over time. The work is comprehensive, ensuring we address everything impacting your energy as you pursue your personal-professional goals.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Networking is everything! Professionals are all over LinkedIn these days, and I have connected with many other lawyer coaches there over the past year-and-a-half. Some advice on networking: (1) Find the people you jive with and stay in touch with them. We usually Zoom to get to know one another or catch up, but a simple phone call can do too. (2) Carefully assess opportunities to ensure you’re saying “yes” to ones that will move your business forward and “no” to the distractions. (3) The best referral partners have been other service providers who serve my ideal client in a slightly different way; we’ve been able to promote one another to our communities from a space of pure collaboration and zero competition. (4) Network constantly—it truly takes an ongoing effort!

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