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"I base my fashion taste on what doesn't itch." - Gilda Radner

Believing you need to keep the spark alive in both family and work life, I challenge clients to create careers and grow businesses that provide meaning while maintaining balance.

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Kristin Schuchman, MSW

Business & Career Coach

Member, Forbes Coaching Council

Author, Jump Start: How to redirect a career that has stalled, lost direction or reached a crossroads

Certified Small

Business Coach

Nervy Girl Magazine


Mixed Media Branding

I enjoy working with visionaries willing to break rules to blaze a dynamic path. I love helping career seekers and entrepreneurs thrive while leaving their unique impression on the world.

I understand that you may not be interested in necessarily building the biggest, shiniest business or resume -- you want to create a career that lets you spend time with the people you love and pursue your creative interests. 

I relish helping career changers lift the fog and determine their next steps to find careers that fulfill their personal and financial needs yet work for their lives. I am not a recruiter -- I am not interested in just "getting you a job." I am more interested in helping you build a career to keep you happy in the long term.

In addition to being a Certified Business Coach and a member of the Forbes Coaching Council, I have an MSW and more than 20 years running successful businesses, including Nervy Girl magazine (2000 - 2004) and Mixed Media Branding (2005 - 2012). Nervy Girl enjoyed a loyal following in Portland, awarded Best New Magazine Title by Utne magazine in 2001. Mixed Media Branding performed services for over 50 companies, including Portland Adventist Hospital,  Classique Floors, Bipartisan Cafe, Five Guys Burgers, and Square Deal Remodeling. 

As a career and business coach, I offer mix of personal branding expertise, counseling skills, and clear-headed insight, helping creatives, solopreneurs, and changemakers navigate less linear career paths. My experiences running a branding business and a women's magazine trained me to sharpen clients' financial savvy and basic messaging, while my MSW gave me tools to help clients overcome self-limiting beliefs. 

My new book Jump Start: How to redirect a career that has stalled, lost direction or reached a crossroads is now available as a paperback and ebook and is written with mission-driven and creative professionals in mind as they navigate tough career choices. 

I'd love to connect. Click below to schedule a free session.


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