What Karen brings
In her speaking engagements, Karen draws upon her 20+ years of experience as a high-performing leader in the financial services industry and non-profit world to deliver an inspirational message of what an innovative human-centered business can accomplish. Over ten years as a professional writer, speaker, and coach has given her an abundance of knowledge and insights to effectively inspire and teach the skills of leadership, design thinking, and innovation. She connects with audiences through the power of stories supported by the power of her research and education in the cutting-edge field of design thinking. The originator of Leading by Design - applying the innovative principles of design thinking to challenges today's leaders face.
Overwhelming challenges of today's organizations
Organizations today are faced with the incredible challenge of developing a strong leadership bench, increased adaptability in a fast-changing world, and creating innovative capabilities that keep them relevant in the marketplace. These overwhelming leadership challenges are compounded by internal and external factors. Externally disruptions, regulations, and competitive pressures often knock organizations of track. While internally employees are demanding their work be as human-centric as the service they provide clients. Organizations will meet their needs, or they will move on.
Experience the design thinking difference
Unlike traditional speaking engagements, Karen brings the power of design thinking to customize your event. Through the power of casting vision and phase 1 of design thinking (empathy) Karen connects with her audience through user interviews (one-on-one interviews for groups 25 or less, and through surveys for 25+) to understand their pain points, potential disconnects between organization vision and boots on the ground experience to show the power of design thinking to forge a way forward. Canned speeches are available - by why choose canned when creative is available.
The way forward
To succeed going forward requires reinvention of leadership thinking, which Karen defines as "leading by design." Equipping today's leaders with the innovative principles of design thinking creates innovative ecosystems within the organization, making it resilient and adaptable to handle any challenges they face. Let Karen introduce you to the power of design thinking to transform your leadership bench and ultimately your organization.
Potential speaking topics include:
The future of leadership is leading by design - designing the future of how your company works
Purpose is personal - aligning organization and employee purpose for greater impact
How to create culture, connection, and loyalty in a virtual world
How to tame egos to keep collaborations on track
Growing adaptive leaders in an always-changing world
Mental fitness for today's leaders
Leadership challenge or your choice