Karen has some 20 years’ experience in the Corporate environment, as an Account Manager in professional services (for 10 years) and then as an independent facilitator and coach.
She is passionate about helping individuals and teams better understand their strengths, unique styles and potential blind spots, so that they may manage more effectively in the workplace and in their broader lives. In addition to her formal qualifications of a BComm Honours (Business Strategy and Advanced Consumer Behaviour) Karen applies a number of tools to her coaching and facilitation work, such as the Strength Deployment Inventory and Clarity 4D profile.
Karen’s client base varies from Corporate to NGOs and the scope of work from team building to restructuring. Karen has a particular passion for women in transition and has been instrumental in the launch of maternity transition coaching to the South African marketplace. Like most people today Karen wears various hats but is foremost the mother to two young boys and a passionate coach and facilitator. She runs a small B&B on the side and teaches ballet, and dances Latin American and ballroom. She is married to David, who is a colourist in the film industry.
Karen enjoys the opportunity to speak publicly and has spoken at events hosted by Allan Gray, Engen, Symphonia, Recruit My Mom and Women in Philanthropy. Her talks include; “Work-life integration – tightrope walk or exploratory dance” and “The Five Stages of a Woman’s Career” under the auspices of Great Expectations™”
Below is an extract from a talk given to a Women in Leadership breakfast;
Simone, Partner, Major Law Firm
Karen was the perfect coach in that she is professional, engenders a sense of trust and confidence, is empathetic, gently navigated our discussions to areas of significance and purpose, offers prudent and frank advice, is genuinely concerned about our welfare and empowered us in ways we could not have achieved on our own.”
Wanya, Senior Manager, Professional Services Firm
Karen was a fantastic coach and really assisted me in opening up and sharing what’s on my heart. Was so refreshing sharing my thoughts, fears, victories and concerns with someone who is completely objective in this situation. She was very sensitive to overstepping the mark, but yet was able to challenge me where needed and gave brilliant advice.
Cynthia Schweer-Rayner, Socio-entrepreneur
I was initially sceptical about career coaching, but re-entry into the workforce after my second maternity leave proved more difficult than I imagined. Karen’s empathy and skillful listening has provided me with an excellent foundation for both personal and career growth. Through her coaching, I was able to connect the dots and create clarity, where independently I would still be “spinning my wheels.” I now have a true sense of where I am headed, and a plan to take me there. My experience has made me an advocate of coaching, and a strong supporter of Karen’s work. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Sonje Kotze, Finance Director mothers2mothers
Karen has been a business partner through-out a very challenging departmental realignment process. Her facilitation skills are at an expert level and the process would not have been as successful without the invaluable support provided by Karen. I can recommend Karen as a facilitator and coach.”