My Story


Short story (aka My Bio)

As an entrepreneur, former executive, husband, and father of three, Cory Carlson understands the pressures working parents face. He is passionate about helping business leaders win at home and work.

Twenty years in corporate America gave Cory amazing opportunities as he worked his way up to the executive level. But he also saw brokenness: work without purpose, burnout, lack of focus, strained marriages, and absentee parents. Business leaders especially were often not living life to the fullest.

When Cory discovered coaching, it helped him become a better leader, husband, and father. So he left his corporate career to help other leaders achieve a healthier work-life balance. Currently, Cory lives in Cincinnati with his awesome wife and three amazing children.


Cory has a Civil Engineer degree from University of Missouri and a MBA from Rockhurst University.

His first book released June 2019 titled, Win at Home First, and is an inspirational guide for work-life balance. His book was Amazon #1 New Release in 3 Categories and listed in FORBES as ‘7 Books Everyone On Your Team Should Read’.


Cory is also host of the leadership podcast, Win at Home First, a Top 1.5% podcast per ListenNotes.

Follow Cory on social media (@carlsoncory) 

Longer Story

I worked in ‘corporate America’ for 20 years – had a great time, had some amazing opportunities, but also saw and experienced brokenness…..people exhausted, marriages impacted, parents not around their kids, working for ‘the man’ and not feeling like I was making an impact.

Nine years ago, I got an Executive Coach and it changed my life. The coaching content and process led to the transformation of me being a better husband, father, and leader. I want to help others change their life as well.

In my last corporate job, I was President of Sales for a national contractor and I used the coaching tools and framework on 30 direct reports and saw these individuals change. They started to date their spouses again, be more intentional with their kids, increase their leadership capacity, and have a greater purpose.

In the spring of 2016, I felt a nudge from God to do this full time instead of just with these 30 direct reports. Now, I am on a mission to share the content and experience to help others live life to the full….and it is working!

I live in Cincinnati, OH with my amazing and supportive wife of 23 years, Holly, and three incredible kids who put up with the good and bad of having an executive coach for a dad. 

Please connect and I would love to see if there was a way to work together and help guide you through this season!

How I Help

I work with leaders ranging from entrepreneurs to CEOs of small to medium size companies, and Executives of Fortune 50 companies.


Executive coaching, as well as team coaching, provides accountability and outside perspective to help clients increase their leadership capacity at work, and at home. 


My speaking engagements range from keynote talks, to workshops, which bring inspiration and tools for implementation.


Multiple challenges are held year round, that are designed to help you take action in your life.

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