TESTIMONIALS

On Karen's coaching: 

The coaching experience for me was something akin to getting a new pair of spectacles - I selected the frame I wanted and through a series of conversations we found a lens that could help me see my situation as well as the way forward with much better clarity. 

Conversations with Karen flowed naturally while being guided by the overarching framework. The medium - Skype - turned out to be a boon as I could take the call at home and the comfortable atmosphere helped as we unpacked the issues together. Even the spaces between calls were fruitful as she set out things for me to reflect on and bring to the next session. 

Ultimately, I gained a new perspective on the issue I was grappling with and could then make an informed decision. I definitely benefited from being coached by Karen. 

Deborah L, Environmental Policy Leader 

Karen is extremely talented, her prowess for digging deeper into the heart of issues and unveiling them is what makes her truly stand out. My career in software development came with many challenges both personal and professional. Upon meeting Karen, she helped set important beliefs and future milestones that I found extremely helpful that ultimately helped me succeed in my pursuits. In a few short months, I turned my career around and relocated to an even better team and am at a much better place in my life overall. Without her patience and drive to help others succeed, I doubt that I would have experienced the changes that I did so quickly.                                                                     

Karen is extremely talented, her prowess for digging deeper into the heart of issues and unveiling them is what makes her truly stand out. My career in software development came with many challenges both personal and professional. Upon meeting Karen, she helped set important beliefs and future milestones that I found extremely helpful that ultimately helped me succeed in my pursuits. In a few short months, I turned my career around and relocated to an even better team and am at a much better place in my life overall. Without her patience and drive to help others succeed, I doubt that I would have experienced the changes that I did so quickly.                                                                     

Wesley L, Software Engineer

Karen is extremely talented, her prowess for digging deeper into the heart of issues and unveiling them is what makes her truly stand out. My career in software development came with many challenges both personal and professional. Upon meeting Karen, she helped set important beliefs and future milestones that I found extremely helpful that ultimately helped me succeed in my pursuits. In a few short months, I turned my career around and relocated to an even better team and am at a much better place in my life overall. Without her patience and drive to help others succeed, I doubt that I would have experienced the changes that I did so quickly.                                                                     

Karen is extremely talented, her prowess for digging deeper into the heart of issues and unveiling them is what makes her truly stand out. My career in software development came with many challenges both personal and professional. Upon meeting Karen, she helped set important beliefs and future milestones that I found extremely helpful that ultimately helped me succeed in my pursuits. In a few short months, I turned my career around and relocated to an even better team and am at a much better place in my life overall. Without her patience and drive to help others succeed, I doubt that I would have experienced the changes that I did so quickly.                                                                     

Coaching with Karen was an excellent experience. I felt like I got a much clearer perspective on some internal issues that had been making me unhappy for a while. I felt happier and more confident about career transitions after just four sessions. 

I liked Karen’s clear, structured approach to the coaching process. In each session she asked me to define the issues I wanted to work through, and what kind of outcome I was looking for. Karen is an excellent listener, and she was very good at synthesizing what I was talking about and at observing persistent issues and ways of framing topics that I had not consciously observed in myself. She was good at encouraging me to talk about some deep and uncomfortable issues that I might otherwise have avoided, and then leading me to more productive perspectives on them. 

I think it would be easy for a coach to simply recommend a standard prescriptive plan of action to their clients. Karen instead used insightful questions, actively adapted to my responses, to let me come to my own conclusions. I found this very effective as it made the plan of action feel like something I had discovered for myself, and therefore something I could realistically and meaningfully follow.

 

Karen's coaching can especially benefit people who (like I did) feel stuck and don’t even know what questions they should be asking themselves. Her coaching is adapted to bringing a broader outside perspective to identifying what kind of issues and questions someone could productively deal with if they are feeling uncertain about a career/life transition.  

Graham P, Post-Doc in Engineering

I would highly recommend Karen as a coach. She has a keen sensitivity to the needs of others and is able to troubleshoot an issue with precision and tact. 

Karen's commitment to helping others is evident and I’m blessed to have met her and received her guidance. The Calendly online schedule is a smart way to arrange sessions efficiently. I hope she will keep helping many others, as she did for me.

 

Overall, I’ve learned that coaching is a valuable and helpful experience as it allows me to grow as a person with the support of a professional, objective mentor.

Grace W, School Leader 

The open and honest conversation between Karen and I has helped me greatly. Having not to worry about being politically correct is an enabler to thinking frankly, which I have appreciated to the utmost. I have become more confident in trying out different approaches with team management and adapting according to the situation at hand. One important lesson I've learned is to consciously draw positive lessons from failures, and not to overly pin the blame on myself or my team. 

 

I would recommend Karen's coaching to anyone who is in a new leadership role, is looking for a leadership direction or finding a viable leadership style. 

Kevin G, Technology Policy Leader 

I loved how she was not prescriptive but instead listened, connected the dots, and guided me in reaching my own conclusions and solutions. She made me feel comfortable in looking deeper and coming to my "aha" moments. 

 

Every session was transformative and I could not just see it, but also feel it. I left each session with so much clarity on what I needed to do, and a feeling of enthusiasm to take on the actions we had discussed.

I would recommend Karen to anyone looking for someone who cares, who
makes you feel heard, challenges you to think outside your
pre-conceived boundaries and is there both as a coach and a mentor.

Aakriti A, Product Manager in Silicon Valley Technology Company

On Karen's teaching/speaking:

 

She is a great speaker and I love that she dived down deeply into a topic and proposed a new solution. She is also did a great job answering questions (and I loved at the end where she shared more of her insights about public policy/education strategies.)        

 

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Karen is amazing! Appreciate her strong focus on social impact while keeping it future-focused and relevant to exponential tech as well.     

 

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