Karen Elkin is a dynamic coach, facilitator, trainer and consultant with over 20 years of experience in the public and nonprofit sectors. Karen’s career has included roles in organizational and leadership development, strategic human resources consulting, transformation and change management, marketing/communications, and music education, as well as board/executive membership for several nonprofit organizations.
Karen is passionate about learning and personal growth, and works with managers and staff at all levels to inspire leadership development and a culture that supports the achievement of individual and organizational goals and success. Karen’s insight, intuition, and recognition of her clients’ strengths foster increased self-awareness, clarity and confidence. As a facilitator, Karen creates a safe environment that encourages personal reflection and draws upon the participants' experiences to support everyone's learning and engagement as well as the workshop objectives. She believes that each of us has the power to choose ‘who’ we want to be in each moment, to lead ourselves, others, and our lives.
In her decade with the Ontario Public Services, Karen provided strategic human resources consulting services to executives and managers, and led organizational effectiveness, leadership development and change management programs, including delivering training and facilitating workshops to staff across the province to support strategic planning, team building, and individual career development. Previously, she leveraged her love of music both through her marketing and communications work with the Royal Conservatory of Music and its affiliates, and in her earliest jobs teaching music and playing piano for children’s dance classes.
Karen is an iPEC Certified Professional Coach, Energy Leadership Index™ Master Practitioner, an Emergenetics™ Associate, and a VIA Character Strengths practitioner. She holds a BA in Arts Management from the University of Toronto and a MBA from the Schulich School of Business/York University, where she focused on Organizational Behaviour and Nonprofit Management & Leadership. She is a mother, a yoga and Pilates enthusiast, and can often be found singing whether she has a willing audience or not.