Karen_Coplan_2013Senior Consultant

Karen is a senior consultant with The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design. She is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist with over 17 years of corporate and consulting experience working across a variety of industries. She is fluent in Spanish, completed an expatriate assignment in Spain, and has also led global talent management projects. These experiences enable Karen to be particularly effective in coaching leaders who are working in global or multi-cultural environments. Additionally, she has wide-ranging expertise across the spectrum of talent management including coaching, assessment, feedback, competency modeling, training, succession planning, and leadership development. Her analytical skills and her ability to relate to individuals across organizational levels, backgrounds and personalities have enabled her to be successful in understanding the root causes of issues, in order to help bring about individual growth and learning.

Karen is experienced in coaching leaders from the United States, Europe, and Latin America who range from the C suite to high potential managers. She is currently working on an ongoing project with a leading multinational high tech firm, where she has coached over 50 high potentials. Her coaching specialties include: interpersonal savvy, building relationships, communication, influence skills, dealing with conflict, working through others, motivating/inspiring a team, and working in global or multi-cultural environments.

Through her work at Korn/Ferry International, she developed a keen understanding of ‘best in class’ leadership, as she had the opportunity to consult with clients across a wide variety of industries throughout North America and Latin America. She conducted in-depth assessments of hundreds of executives for purposes of executive selection, internal development, succession planning, and mergers/acquisitions, and provided subsequent feedback and coaching for clients. As part of this work, she provided feedback and coaching in Spanish to dozens of individuals who were located in Latin America. Previously, at Motorola she led large scale projects, both domestic and international, within the areas of corporate succession planning, high potential leadership development, expatriate selection and repatriation, and training.

Karen holds a BA in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Texas and a MA and PhD from the University of Houston in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She currently serves as an occasional lecturer in the Effective Leadership series at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business MBA program. She is active in the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago and the Society of Industrial/ Organizational Psychology.

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