Karen Wright is a pioneer and global leader in the coaching profession. Top level executives from around the world choose to work with Karen because she has the three qualifications most important in an executive coach:
Education With an MBA from Ivey Business School at Western University, Karen understands business, from theory to practice and from strategic to tactical. In order to fully understand a client’s issues and environment, an executive coach must understand business, starting with the fundamentals.
Expertise 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. Most recently Karen has become a trainer and Senior Consultant with Potential Project, the world’s leading provider of mindfulness training designed expressly for application in the workplace.
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.
Typical client engagements include C-level advisory/strategic work, accelerated development for top talent and “high potentials,” work with technical and subject matter experts transitioning into large scale people leadership roles, and working with senior level leaders to build the skills necessary to lead in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) world. Karen also has deep experience in owner-managed/founder led companies transitioning from charismatic to distributed leadership, and in particular with tech-based early stage (years 2 through 5) companies working to manage growth.