About Us

About illume hire

illume hire is a platform that empowers professionals age 45+ by providing career resources and community, mentoring, and customized bootcamps to maximize their mid-career momentum.

We provide a fresh voice tailored to the unique perspectives and needs of mid-career professionals. From the startup-curious, to professionals who are ready to chart a different course, illume hire blends original and curated content, tools to upskill, and a community to provide support and build their network as they navigate the second half of their professional lives.



Our Founders


Emily Clay

CEO and Co-founder

Emily has extensive sales and business development experience in the media industry at companies like U.S. News & World Report. She drives marketing, content strategy, PR, business development, and UX/UI Design. 

In addition to her work with illume hire, Emily is part of the founding leadership team of Age Equity Alliance, a non-profit focused on age diversity in the workplace.


Nick Burling

COO and Co-founder

Nick is a serial entrepreneur with deep product and operational experience built through leadership roles across multiple Fortune 500 companies and startups, including a successful exit to Microsoft for BlueStripe Software where Nick was the VP of Product. Nick drives operations for illume hire, including building out the company’s product strategy and tech stack.