Karen has spent her career helping leaders and teams perform more effectively. She brings a developmental perspective to her work, and uses a variety of tools and approaches that allow her to meet clients where they are and help them grow from there, creating sustainable change in the skills and capacities of great leadership: genuinely connecting with others in a way that motivates and inspires; taking clear, decisive stands; engaging effectively in conflict; leading constant change; creating a culture of accountability; and building resilience in themselves and others.
Over the past 20 years, Karen has coached leaders and teams in financial services; state and federal government; K-12 and higher education; technology and information services; retail; health care; and local and national nonprofits. Her clients have ranged from the executive level to front line supervisors. Karen particularly loves working with leadership teams, and uses a combination of training, facilitation, and coaching to help them generate results that matter.
Karen lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband and daughter. When she’s not working, she enjoys being outside in green and wild places, puttering in the garden, reading fiction, history, and politics, and being silly with her family.
Education and Certifications
Karen did her coach training at New Ventures West and is certified through the International Coach Federation. She holds a Master’s degree from the Leadership Institute of Seattle and did her undergraduate work at Brown University. In addition to her formal education, she is a certified team coach through Corentus, Inc., a certified somatic coach through Leadership Embodiment, and is trained to use several leadership assessment tools, including her favorite, the Leadership Circle Profile.