Karen combines her skills as an applied psychologist with 18 years of engineering and business experience to serve as an executive coach and leadership adviser. She gained corporate management experience in business engineering at BellSouth Corporation. Prior to establishing her own independent coaching and advisory portfolio, Karen held the position of the southeast region coaching practice leader for the world’s largest human resources consulting firm. Her work there included a role in the International Center for Excellence for Coaching to help determine and codify best practices for worldwide implementation. Karen’s high energy has allowed her to develop and implement leadership development programs in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, South Africa, India, Australia and Asia.
Karen is a licensed psychologist and a summa cum laude graduate in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech. She completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Georgia. She is a faculty member at the Global Institute for Leadership Development and a committee member for the doctoral program in applied psychology at Alliant International University. Karen also provides pro bono services for the Disaster Response team of the American Psychological Association.
Dirk is a talent strategist with expertise in assessing leadership capability, aligning individual and team goals to business needs, and enabling highly technical clients to gain insight to be more effective in leadership and influencing skills. Dirk’s human capital consulting focus is defining business needs and communication strategy with the corporate solution, and ensuring successful deployment. He is sought for his expertise in working with individuals and teams in skilled functional areas (such as finance, legal, project managers, IT). By proactively building leadership or non-technical skills for key talent the organization has a competitive advantage in both execution and talent retention. Dirk also works with individuals to build their leadership brand. Part of this brand building includes determining what skills and attributes are needed for their immediate position AND how to be best positioned for the next challenge.
Dirk completed his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational psychology from the University of Georgia and is a member of many professional organizations including the Society of Industrial Organizational Psychology (SIOP), the Association of Psychological Science (APS), Consulting Psychology, and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). He is a certified behavioral-based coach in the Marshall Goldsmith methodology. He has completed World-Class Logistics & Supply Chain Strategy through the Georgia Institute of Technology. He and his family own a working ranch in Montana; he lives with his wife in Atlanta, and is a volunteer fitness instructor for Operation BootCamp.
Renee Walkup passion is assisting business with their revenue growth through Telephone Sales Engagement and Persuasive Presentation Skills. She speaks in front of thousands of people every year while they learn how to make more money and have fun at the same time. Renee’s sample clients include: ING, AT&T, MERCK, Panasonic, USAA, Charles Schwab, UPS, The Coca Cola Company, AthenaHealth, Allied Solutions, and dozens of others.