Ki Coaching founder, Kimiko Ebata

"He who has a why can endure any how."

— Philosopher Friedrich Nietzche


Unlocking the How and What to Propel Your Professional Why

Knowing your professional why is an important first step in figuring out how to achieve your career goals and what kind of life would give you the most purpose and meaning. I am here to help you realize that you already have the keys to unlock your next professional opportunity and your personal destiny.

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Reimagine the career that will allow you to not just survive, but thrive.

Now more than ever, we find ourselves at a crossroads, one where our focus, priorities and perceptions have changed. Why did I...? Why didn’t I...? This shift in status quo can be exhilarating, terrifying or both, and we are swept away by the idea that our time is precious and change is possible

Are you in search of a career that fuels your purpose?
Are you unsure of the professional fit that is right for you?
Are you looking to pivot to a job that you love?
Are you ready to invest in your best future self?
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I dream of... 
a world in which all individuals bound out of bed excited for the possibilities that await, 
a world where professionals feel valued and personally aligned with their work, 
and one that allows each person to go to bed every night feeling fulfilled with the positive contributions they made to the world around them.

I strive to make this world a reality for you and for your career by exploring your needs and your desires, while helping you achieve your goals.


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My Story

I’m Kimiko, and I am an indomitable optimist who sees the opportunity in every challenge. My work is informed by the belief that courageous self-exploration and increased self-awareness create the conditions for greater meaning in work and life. I am continually inspired by the stories of others and envision a bright future, where individuals feel motivated to do better and be better.

As a former Peace Corps Volunteer, I began my career in international development and was working for the United Nations in Bangkok when I realized that I wanted to impact the lives of fellow Americans on a more personal level through my work. Since returning stateside, I have worked within public school systems, Wall Street boardrooms, and the classrooms of Ivy League institutions to empower individuals with unique stories and diverse backgrounds to achieve their potential in school and in the workforce. I've had the privilege of supporting transitioning veterans, mid-career professionals, and graduates from the nation's most elite colleges and universities over the last five and a half years, inspiring them to do what inspires them in effort to shape a world of greater meaning.

With a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Mary Washington, I also hold a Master's degree from Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management.


Find out more on my LinkedIn profile.


Kimiko is an expert career coach and advisor whom I had the pleasure of working with earlier this year. She was and continues to be an attentive and resourceful mentor who has helped me better understand myself — my skills, strengths, interests, and values — and navigate a daunting and rigorous job search with increased knowledge and confidence. Kimiko is naturally personable, easy to talk to, and an exceptional listener. I felt equally safe to be myself and also step outside my comfort zone, which enabled me to be honest, vulnerable and brave. I am grateful for the opportunity to know and work with her and highly recommend her to anyone in need of professional support and guidance in their job search. 

Lesley Gerber


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