Brown University, BA
Leadership Institute of Seattle, MA, ABS/Organization Development
Karen has spent her entire career helping leaders and teams perform more effectively. She draws on her extensive experience facilitating change and designing tools for adult learning to help leaders increase collaboration, improve communication, and work with others more effectively to produce the business results that are important to them. Karen supported the executive leadership team, managers, and front-line supervisors through the design and implementation of an organization-wide system to manage performance and enhance accountability at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. At the US Department of Labor, Karen taught leaders to deepen their emotional intelligence, clarify their leadership vision, and work more effectively with colleagues. As a Principal at Still Point Leadership, she provided developmental coaching to leaders seeking to perform at a higher level.
Seattle Counseling Service, board member; Seattle Women’s Commission, committee member; Community Consulting Partnership, organizing member.
Microsoft, AT&T, Philips, Aviarc, Inc, Monotype, Allianz, Fannie Mae, Washington Mutual, US Food and Drug Administration, Washington State Employment Security Department, TJX, Group Health Permanente
Training and Certification
International Coach Federation, Professional Certified Coach (PCC); New Ventures West, Certified Integral Coach (CIC); Leadership Embodiment, Certified Coach; Resilient Leadership, Certified Coach; Kaiser Leadership Solutions, Leadership Versatility Index (LVI), Certified Facilitator; The Hay Group, Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI); Learning in Action Technologies, EQ in Action Profile, Certified; The Leadership Circle, Leadership Circle Profile.
At the Boda Group…
Karen believes that changing behavior requires practicing new actions, not just talking. She collaborates with her clients to design exercises that heighten their self-awareness about current behaviors and then practice new skills to achieve their desired results. Karen specializes in helping clients shift how they show up as leaders to generate different results and better performance from their teams. She works best with clients who are committed to being their best, willing to tell and hear the truth, and able to laugh at themselves (at least some of the time).
My biggest professional mistake…
was underestimating how much support a client needed in the middle of a tough team situation.
The biggest challenge facing today’s leaders is…
committing to their own leadership development while meeting their business challenges and balancing competing demands on their time and attention.
The biggest opportunity facing today’s leaders is…
harnessing the amazing potential of cohesive, committed teams. Leaders who know how to build this type of team have a significant advantage in achieving their organization’s goals.