Certified Speaking Professional ® Certification @ Member, PLATFORM (formerly National Speakers Association)
Université Paris Sorbonne (Paris IV)
Karen Hough, Founder & CEO of ImprovEdge, and has been using improvisation as a catalyst for business training and consulting for more than 14 years. ImprovEdge won silver for Most Innovative Company of the Year 2012 at the International Stevie Awards and has a presence in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cleveland and Columbus.
Karen Hough, Founder & CEO of ImprovEdge, and has been using improvisation as a catalyst for business training and consulting for more than 14 years. ImprovEdge won silver for Most Innovative Company of the Year 2012 at the International Stevie Awards and has a presence in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cleveland and Columbus. Karen is the #1 Amazon Bestselling author and 800CEORead Top 25 Business Book recipient for “The Improvisation Edge: Secrets to Building Trust and Radical Collaboration at Work” and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Karen's second book is now available, “Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever: Break the Rules, Make Mistakes & Win Them Over.”
She also won the Athena PowerLink Award for outstanding woman-owned business, and is the creator of the Yes! Deck, “Managing Tough Conversations: The Everyday Coaching Model”, and articles and blogs including ASTD’s T&D magazine, Mashable.com and BusinessInsider.com. Karen is a national conference keynote speaker on topics such as negotiation, executive presence, presentation skills, leadership and business development. She is a graduate of Yale and La Sorbonne, Paris IV, and is deeply committed to philanthropic work. She lives with her husband and three children in Ohio.
As a strategic business partner for her clients, Karen helps companies to develop talent. Her goal is to change and improve behavior by incorporating improv skills to help companies, teams, and individuals improve performance and increase engagement, Karen leads programs that may include:
• In-Person Facilitation
• Public Speaking
• Course Design & Writing
• Virtual Training and e-Learning
• Coaching and Consulting
Specialties: Inspirational and learning-based speaking, facilitation of workshops in leadership, sales, management, negotiation, teambuilding, innovation and creativity, communication, coaching, improvisational performance
Founder & CEO @ We change behavior – Performance. Research. Results. Training with an improv twist.
ImprovEdge workshops, online courses and keynotes teach critical business skills while energizing your team. ImprovEdge creates customized, interactive learning experiences to help you think on your feet, improve collaboration and learn in a new way. Now, more than ever, improvisation is the key to innovation and business success. After all, improvisers arrive on stage with nothing—no costumes, props, or scripts. Yet they create entire shows on their feet, without a net. Sound familiar? As organizations change and grow, improvisation offers a valuable lesson in making more out of less. We work with everyone from large corporations to small agencies, from retailers to attorneys, and everyone in between. Every organization can benefit from learning new and better ways of doing business. ImprovEdge won the silver Stevie Award for Most Innovative Company of the Year 2012, and ImprovEdge is a government certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). From May 2004 to Present (11 years 6 months) Author @ #1 Amazon Bestselling Author in category for "The Improvisation Edge: Secrets to Building Trust and Radical Collaboration at Work"
New in 2014: "Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever: Break the Rules, Make Mistakes and Win Them Over"
Berrett-Koehler Authors Collaborative and Foundation content provider From 2009 to Present (6 years) Certified Speaking Professional ® Certification @ Nationally recognized Speaker, Consultant and Facilitator, Karen Hough delivers engaging, interactive keynote presentations that inspire participants with research-based leadership techniques, think-on-your-feet improvisational tools and best practices from her work with world class organizations. Karen is a member of PLATFORM (formerly the National Speakers Association) and received their Certified Speaking Professional ® Certification. From January 2007 to Present (8 years 10 months) Key4Women National Advisory Board @ From January 2011 to December 2013 (3 years) Cleveland, OHBoard of Directors @ From January 2011 to December 2012 (2 years) Columbus, OhioSenior Sales Executive @ Karen Hough was responsible for the sales, partner programs and expansion of ThruPoint both in New York City and Chicago. From May 1997 to January 2001 (3 years 9 months)
BA @ Yale UniversityCertificate @ Université Paris Sorbonne (Paris IV) Karen Hough is skilled in: Negotiation, Public Speaking, Entrepreneur, Team Building, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Change Management, Customer Relations, Entrepreneurship, Coaching, Training, Customer Service, Strategy, Leadership, Marketing, Small Business, Business Development, Blogging, Workshop Facilitation, Strategic Communications
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