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Karen Wright

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Looking to improve your career and business? Unsure of your career strategy and need help with finding you way? Look no further! As an experienced business coach I can help you to achieve your career and business goals.

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About Karen

On a promising career path in a Fortune 500 organization, Karen found herself in a different country, having had four bosses in eight months, with no clear career mandate or mentor to guide her through challenging organizational territory. She opted out and ventured into uncharted territory as the field of professional coaching was just emerging. Karen understood that coaching, done well and under the right circumstances, had the potential to transform individuals and their impact on and in their organizations. Given the nascent stage of the profession, she took a leadership role in the formation of professional standards and skill development and has led and mentored globally for almost two decades as one of the profession’s acknowledged masters. Karen quickly established herself as credible, practical and committed to the success of her clients in the context of their work roles and in their lives. Working at the most senior levels in organizations, she began to see patterns and trends amongst high achievers, and now offers insights about career management, leadership, legacy and happiness based on having worked with hundreds of clients. Karen offers coaching, advice and wisdom for leaders, women trying to navigate executive level careers, and talent management executives working to build leadership capacity and evolve organizational culture.

Looking for a qualified, competent, suitable executive coach is a challenge, whether you’re looking for your own purposes or searching on behalf of executives in your organization. For almost 20 years I have been a leader in the coaching profession and have built my business primarily through referrals because I get results. I provide one on one coaching to senior executives for the purposes of supporting C-level development and decision-making, honing leadership skills in technical experts, and accelerating the development of high potential talent. I work with a structured engagement process and proven coaching methodology, both of which I adapt to the needs of the client in the context of their organizational objectives. I bring the benefit of my business and educational experience as well as the experiences of the hundreds of executives I have worked with over the years into every coaching engagement. My personal path has given me insight into the challenges faced by women in leadership, by single parents, by entrepreneurs and by people attempting to reconcile creative and spiritual pursuits with business achievement.

My Training and Qualifications

Karen is a Master Certified Coach, the highest designation offered by the International Coach Federation, and was one of the first credentialed coaches in Canada. A graduate of two of the world’s largest and most established ICF-accredited coach training programs, Karen is deeply educated in the science and skill of coaching. In addition she has augmented her core coach training with specific education in Positive Psychology as one of the first coaches trained by Dr. Martin Seligman, in Neuroscience and the physiology of coaching impact, and in Health Coaching as a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Karen has been involved with the growth and development of the coaching profession as a local chapter founder and Board member of the International Coach Federation. In addition she has maintained her commitment to coaching through her work as an assessor and examiner for the Executive and Professional Coaching Program at the University of Texas at Dallas and with ongoing mentorship of new coaches from around the world.

My Coaching and Work Experience

Prior to becoming a coach, Karen enjoyed a successful career in consumer packaged goods marketing and advertising, working with Fortune 500 companies in both Canada and the U.S. As a result she has had direct experience of the situations and stresses her executive level clients face every day and can relate to the issues and opportunities they bring to their coaching engagements. Karen understands the need for metrics in corporately-sponsored coaching work and has developed her coaching process with that requirement in mind. She has worked with hundreds of leaders and as such is able to offer her clients case studies and situational examples as learning tools based on her direct client experiences. Karen’s coaching style is direct, focused and pragmatic and is ideally suited for work with results-focused organizational leaders. Her pragmatism is balanced by an ability to offer direct, constructive feedback and as a result her clients are able to accelerate their process of increased self-awareness, ultimately leading to permanent growth and change.

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