With over 25 years of experience connecting brands and agencies to the right talent with empathy and integrity, we launched PerQ to help organizations nourish and support your employees and teams.

Our coaches and talent strategy consultants are trained to help companies and your employees work with more efficiency, productivity, ambition and compassion. Our mission is to empower teams and employees to flourish, thrive and evolve.

During these times, mental health and emotional wellness coaching and support is needed more now that ever. A safe, confidential space for your team to discuss and express themselves is proven to promote a healthier workplace environment.

Whether supporting your current employees or those who you have had to part ways with, our coaches help teams feel strong and empowered, looking ahead with a positive outlook. When each employee feels good, teams can thrive. We are on a mission to help you, your teams and your business thrive.

Why Kay & Black?

Expert advertising industry-specific knowledge: our team has been through it all, including 25+ years of business and two recessions, so we understand the specific needs of organizations and talent in the advertising, design and marketing industry 

Educated, empathetic approach: our team of coaches come from varied backgrounds in coaching, social work, recruitment, psychology and human resources

Flexible, affordable plans: we understand you want to support your team in a meaningful way that also fits your needs and budget

What We Offer


In times like these, the best way to support your employees is with effective and compassionate coaching from trusted industry talent professionals and coaches. Our coaches and experts can empower and support your team with current industry insights to best manage their stress, navigate challenging emotions and plan their futures with confidence.

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Services can include:

  • Exited Employee Coaching
  • Exit Interviews
  • Tools & Resources for: Strengths & Skills Assessment, Job Search Strategy, Personal Branding Development, Negotiation, Networking, etc.

Coaching for Employees

An Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The cost in time and money of employee turnover and at companies is high. Help retain, grow and nurture your employees through leadership and wellness coaching to empower them to step into their greatest potential.

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Services can include:

  • Leadership & Manager Coaching
  • Conflict Resolution & Improved Communication Skills
  • Emotional Wellness Coaching and Guidance
  • Developing Confidence
  • Strengths & Skills Assessment

Organizational & Talent Strategy

We offer customized organizational and talent strategy consulting services to best fit your specific needs. Whether you want to improve employee engagement and design for your future or need expert advisement on strategies to best structure your team and groom leaders, we have the right expert for you.

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Services can include:

  • Organizational Strategy & Design
  • Employee Engagement Strategy
  • Educational Team Workshops
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consulting
  • Audit of Creative, Account, Strategy or Project Management Departments and Resourcing
  • Job Title Definition and Job Description Development
  • Succession Planning


Benefits to Your Team

  • Employee emotional support and well-being
  • Stress management and resilience development
  • Improved professional relationships and communication
  • Managing priorities and team responsibilities
  • Leadership development
  • Helping employees see their strengths and unique value
  • Clear action plans to move forward with confidence
  • Current industry insights to best prepare talent for the future

How We Work

Coaching, outplacement and organizational & talent strategy plans can be customized for you and your team’s needs and budget.

Packages can range from a 1-session coaching package for a single employee to ongoing 3-6 month programs for your entire department or company.

Employees and teams can choose a plan that best fits their needs.

Your Experts


  • After 15+ years as an agency creative, Hillary at PerQ was invaluable in helping navigate my entry into freelance. She ensured I didn’t undervalue myself and considered details I wouldn’t have thought of, like out-of-state labor laws. I love working with PerQ because it gives me peace of mind and lets me to concentrate on the creative.

    David Waraksa Freelance Creative Director
  • Kathryn is an amazing coach! She guided me through my confusion during a difficult transition and connected me to my true passion and clarity. She and I discovered many ways to stay focused on my path. We did exercises that are useful for life! I truly feel I’m living a more positive life than I was before.

    Ying Deng Studio Manager
  • Kathryn’s coaching presence and ability to hold the space and my focus were gifts I really valued. In particular, creating a strong a clear personal purpose statement (that I continue to use with ease and resonance) was an extraordinary experience with an outcome that remains energetically strong.... As a result I feel strong and clear in who I am in my expanded version of myself. I loved and appreciated that Kathryn truly wanted to support me. Her easy laughter and deep caring made this experience a very special one that will remain with me. I found her to be generous and humble and always in service of "me".

    Patti Martin The TJX Companies
  • I had Kathryn as a career coach. She was amazing - she helped me get my mind clear. She has great tools to make you feel confident, and know what you want to do with your life and career. Thank you again Kathryn, you’re the best!

    Cindy Pallavidino Designer
  • PerQ helped me change and shift many assumptions that were getting in my way, allowing me to better understand my skillset and opportunities, and ultimately move forward in my career.

    Senior Designer & Strategist
  • Kathryn and the Kay & Black team are truly the cream of crop. Hard working. Very dialed in. Loads of integrity. Helpful. And genuinely nice people to boot!

    Creative Director
  • I was starting the job hunt in Nashville which is my new home, after 4+ years at an agency in NY (and 10 years in NY), and I wanted to make a career change. I really didn't know where to start... Kathryn helped me focus and master my LinkedIn and sharing my skills, which then transferred to me updating my resume - it was a ripple effect and PerQ gave me the tools I needed to get started on the job hunt. I even got kudos from random contacts on LinkedIn on how great my profile looked!

    Katie Koenig Account Director
  • In just a single session, PerQ helped me see my own industry through a new perspective and gave me at least a dozen tips to improve my approach.

    Creative Director / Copywriter
  • Before working with PerQ I was in need of a quick injection of confidence and some direction in terms of identifying where my skills and passions intersected. I also needed help with interview technique and to extend my research into identifying opportunities. I needed a partner in crime to attack this job search full on. That's what I got. I was already on the path but needed someone to hold my hand for a few weeks and sprint with me toward the finish line.

    Rebecca Shine Senior Strategist
  • I was in the middle of a long job search process and had started to wonder if it was something about me or something that I was doing wrong that was preventing me from landing a great new role. My coach helped me gain the perspective I needed on the industry, as well as my own strengths and how I was approaching my search to help me regain my confidence and take a more optimistic attitude toward my current job while I continued my search. I walked away with some new realizations about myself and how I operate, as well as tome techniques to help me be my best self at work. I'm happy to report I landed a great new job a few months later and one of the things that impressed them was my confidence and positive attitude!

    Executive Creative Director
  • As a leader, after working with PerQ the biggest difference my coworkers and our company leadership noticed is the way I communicate with others. I am much more aware of my own and my team's needs. I am able to identify emotions and not let them control a situation. Through PerQ, I learned how to better manage my own stress and my team's. I have been actively practicing compassionate communication, which has significantly improved my relationships inside & outside of the office!

    Marketing Director
  • Being out of the work force for about a year and a half to be a stay at home dad took at toll on my identity as a professional... I was in a dark and desperate place and things seemed hopeless. Luckily my wife referred me to Hillary. Hillary was my beacon in the darkness... Hillary and PerQ were able to see potential in me that was dormant and helped me to bring it to the forefront for potential employers to see. Thanks to my mentorship sessions... I was able to land a job in my field!

    Daven Falconer Producer
  • The feedback and advice PerQ gave me was valuable on many levels. In an incredibly competitive job landscape, there’s no substitute for getting honest advice from someone you know is truly looking out for you.

    Louis Wittig Creative Director
  • Kay & Black understands creative in a way that few talent agencies do. They’re also highly attuned to what today’s hiring managers are looking for and how to make you and your work stand out. Hillary and the K&B team performed a thorough review and critique of my portfolio and offered great advice on what to cut, what to keep and what to prioritize.

    David Muldoon Creative Director