Karen Curnow

Karen Curnow, MBA, MCC is an internationally recognized authority in developing powerful, compassionate leaders.

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Her work with leaders helps world changers create impact that matters. Having worked in France, Turkey, Kenya, Austria, and the USA, Ms. Curnow has served as executive and team coach, consultant, university professor, and training director. In addition to her faculty position with Georgetown’s Leadership Coaching Program, Karen was selected by the United Nations as a certified coach and leadership-training consultant, served for 13 years as senior leader and national program manager for Newfield Network, and is an international PCC credential assessor for the International Coach Federation. Karen was an organizing team member and presenter for the groundbreaking Calling in Power and Culture Summit, bringing together over 30 coach education programs to integrate and transform the dynamics of power, privilege, rank and culture in coaching. Karen has served mid and large corporate, non-profit, academic, and federal organizations, helping her clients clarify and step strongly into their leadership by developing deeper connection, meaning, and presence, enabling them to shift nimbly as business requires. Her clients have included: Public Health Solutions, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Bayer Health Care, Aerospace Corporation, Evolent Health, Boeing, Discovery Communications, Inc., VISA International/Inovant, Exxon, Leidos/SAIC, George Mason University, over 60 federal government agencies, and many other organizations. Committed to supporting innovators with global impact, Karen also coaches Fellows with TED, Starting Bloc, and the Unreasonable Institute. Karen’s publications focus on leadership, international management/living, coaching, and workplace diversity and inclusion. Karen’s two chapters in On Becoming a Leadership Coach, Second Edition, focus on “Cultures in Coaching” and “The Role of Emotions in Coaching.” Her other publications include “Differences and Discourses: Coaching across Cultures” (in The International Journal of Coaching in Organizations), Notes from a Traveling Childhood, chapter activities in Tools and Activities for a Diverse Work Force, “Gender at Work” (cover article for Public Management magazine), and a variety of magazine articles on international management. She earned her M.B.A. in International Management and Marketing from U.S. International University (Nairobi campus), her B.S. in Business Administration and French at Houghton College and at the Sorbonne/University of Paris, and her certification in Coaching and Organizational Learning from Newfield Network-USA and George Mason University.