Career Happy: How to Reinvent Yourself In An Ever-Changing World | September 27

About This Event

Are you confident you can knock it out of the park in a certain role, but your resume doesn’t include the listed requirements? When you’re seeking to pivot from one industry or career to another, sometimes it can be challenging to position yourself for a role you know you’d excel in.

In this workshop, Career Happy™ (a Kay & Black Talent Management company) will share a career coach and recruiter’s perspective on how to navigate a successful career transition in the creative industry.

With over 25 years of experience in the advertising and creative industries, they help candidates and clients at the crossroads of transitions and opportunities every day. Over the course of thousands of job placements and career transitions made, they know a thing or two about how to reinvent yourself, and how to always continue to highlight your strengths and grow your skills.

Hillary, Kathryn, and Leslie have each gone through several of their own career evolutions as well. They will share personal stories and experiences with career pivots and transitions, provide tips and tricks they’ve picked up along the way, and answer your audience questions.


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About the Instructor

Hillary Black, MSW, CEC Photo

Co-Founder & Business Coach at Career Happy™, VP Executive Talent & Global Learning Lead, Coaching at WPP

A failed copywriter and huge Bukowski fan, 20+ years later Hillary is a Business Coach at Career Happy and VP of Executive Talent at WPP. She has spent over 20 years in the advertising industry and has witnessed and facilitated many career transitions – her own and others. She is passionate about making meaningful connections with an empathetic, human approach. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and later in life received a Masters Degree in Social Work.

Kathryn Freund, PCC/CPCC Photo

Lead Instructor & Coach at Career Happy™, Senior Talent Manager at Kay & Black Talent Management

Kathryn is a recruiter and coach with a background in advertising, design and branding. She started her career as a graphic designer and eventually transitioned into recruiting. Over the years, she has also had a number of side hustles, including owning an e-commerce brand and working as a sound healer & reiki practitioner. Kathryn graduated with a double B.A. from Fordham University in Visual Arts (Graphic Design) and English and later in her career became a Certified Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and ICF Accredited Associate Certified Coach (ACC).

Leslie Kay Bach IIN (Certified Health Coach) Photo

Co-Founder & Coach at Career Happy™, CEO at Kay & Black Talent Management

Leslie is the Founder and CEO of Kay & Black Talent Management, which she launched on her own in 1998. Over the years prior to starting her business, she earned a reputation for putting the best people and processes in place at advertising agencies like Kirshenbaum & Bond, Greenberg & Associates and TBWA/Chiat Day. She’s spent a lifetime around top talent and creatives, including her family of artists, writers and designers. She is passionate about advising, counseling and mentoring creatives at all stages of their careers. Fun fact: she is also a certified health coach!

About Our Partners

For over 25 years, Kay & Black has been connecting creative industry talent with advertising agencies, branding firms and direct-to-clients in NYC and across the US. Hillary, Kathryn and the firm’s team of talent managers specialize in identifying, educating and counseling talent in all areas of career development, with an established reputation for their approach to building teams – driven by human insight and integrity.

Through three core service offerings, Kay & Black offers talent acquisition, outplacement services, and coaching (one-on-one and through learning and development workshops). We believe in nurturing talent as well as advocating for our clients’ needs so that all can find their most successful and satisfying career relationship.

Kay & Black is also equally set to respond to the ever-changing advertising atmosphere and client needs in a constantly evolving landscape. Together, we are equipped not only to locate the best talent for your openings, but to understand each unique culture to properly match the human behind the talent. Creative problem solving is not just part of our vision at Kay & Black—it’s something we do every day.

Career Happy (a Kay & Black Talent Management Company) is on a mission to help you foster and build a happy, fulfilled career and life. We offer one-on-one and group-led career coaching for creative professionals to support you on your journey to revision the career you've always wanted. We started Career Happy because we saw a need in the industry for the right support and education to empower talent to get their next gig, client, business launch, promotion or leadership role.

If you are a career changer, leader in an organization or wanting more fulfillment in your career learn more about our individual and group coaching programs at, or contact [email protected] for more details.

  • September 27, 2021 at 1:00pm – 2:30pm
  • Online
    New York, NY 10010
    United States
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  • Angela Chen