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Karen has coached top business leaders and helped individuals and teams from Fortune 500 companies manage change, increase productivity, integrate their personal and professional lives and achieve their own definitions of success.
A nationally published columnist (Chatelaine magazine, "Ask a Job Expert" and "Ask a Balance Coach") and sought-after speaker, Karen founded Parachute Executive Coaching in 1996. Prior to becoming a coach Karen enjoyed a successful corporate career in consumer packaged goods marketing and advertising. Karen has been featured many times in the media including CTV News, CBC Radio One's Workology, The Globe & Mail, CFRA Radio Ottawa, TalkRadio (U.K.), the Toronto Star, Kiplinger's and Computer World Magazine.
Karen has an MBA in Marketing from the Ivey School and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Western University. She graduated from two of the world's most established coach training programs and has been a teacher for both organizations. She was one of the first coaches to study the integration of Positive Psychology into coaching via Dr. Martin Seligman's Authentic Happiness coach training program, and recently graduated as a Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. One of the first coaches in the world to earn the Master Certified Coach designation, a past Board member and founder of the Toronto Chapter for the International Coaching Federation, Karen is a leader in the field of corporate coaching.
Karen's first book is The Complete Executive: A 10-Step System for Great Leadership Performance.
Her latest, The Accidental Alpha Woman: The Guide to Thriving When Life Feels Overwhelming
was released in November, 2020.
Karen coaches TED Fellows, and is a strategic advisor to Animo.ai, a start up creating a platform to use AI to track employee mental health and well-being, and take action to improve it.
Karen was acknowledged as the inaugural recipient, in 2020, of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Coaching Federation, based on her contributions to and leadership within the field of coaching.