Corporate Executive Coach and Learning Facilitator Karen Kirchner Consulting
Karen Kirchner has a track record of helping clients to effect meaningful, sustainable change. She coaches leaders to identify the critical leverage points for growth, then builds in structure and accountability to help them achieve their goals. Clients describe her approach as an ideal blend of innovative thinking and pragmatic problem-solving, resulting in increased insight and better decisions. During her more than 15 years of consulting, her blend of intelligence, insight and creativity has made her a trusted partner to a wide range of organizations, from Fortune 500 companies to technology start-ups.
Karen acts as a catalyst for growth by sharing new perspectives, challenging assumptions and bringing a laser focus to her clients’ goals, helping them to overcome limitations, leverage strengths and excel as leaders. Her years of directing human resources at Citigroup and Reader’s Digest provide a business-savvy perspective grounded in the reality of organizational life. She is particularly adept at using 360-degree assessments to help clients understand others’ perceptions and make the changes necessary to enhance their reputations.
Prior to starting her own coaching practice, Karen’s 12 years in corporate HR was focused on partnering with business leaders to enhance organizational performance in highly dynamic environments. In her last internal role, she directed Human Resources for a growing subsidiary of Reader’s Digest, with responsibility for offices in the US, UK and Canada.
Karen has been working with the Chief Technology Officer of an internet start-up in New York City for the last two years. The CTO wanted help with executive presence and elevating his leadership approach. After an initial six-months of coaching, the CTO found Karen’s perspective so valuable that he has continued monthly sessions on an on-going basis.
The director of clinical operations at a global pharmaceutical company is also a past client. After sharing the results of a 360-degree review, Karen worked with the executive to become less impatient and more collaborative. The director’s initial resistance to change was overcome by the success she experienced while trying a less aggressive approach.
Karen holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from the New School for Social Research and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Boston College. She has also completed post-graduate coursework in executive coaching and assessment at New York University. She received coach certification through the Coaches Training Institute, accreditation from the International Coaching Federation and is a former adjunct professor at Fairfield University’s Graduate School of Business. She is qualified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the DISC and Hogan Assessments, as well as the Team Dynamics Assessment, Lominger’s Voices, and the Clark-Wilson 360-degree instruments.