About Karen

A Short Biography

Karen Hardwick brings deep expertise and experience in psychotherapy and organizational development to unlock the potential of corporate leaders and enhance the overall functioning of their organizations. She believes in “leading from the front” and invites others to join her in conversations that truly matter in order to confront critical issues, enhance business results, and deepen engagement and connection throughout an enterprise.

Her approach to finding peace and purpose in our fast-paced business, family, and social worlds offers a compelling perspective on the value of mindfulness and connection and the part they play in achieving personal and professional goals.

A high-in-demand consultant, speaker, and leadership coach, Karen has created a unique approach to deepen connection: The Connected Leader™ model. This gets to the heart of companies and people with compassion, intuition, and business savvy. This model helps leaders create time and space to reflect, ask tough and sometimes painful questions, listen intentionally to their innermost voices, persevere with grit and grace, and then leverage what they learn to lead with purpose and intention.

Senior level executives who drive corporate strategy, innovation, and growth recognize Karen’s proven ability to deliver realistic and sustainable results that help enhance business metrics. Past and present clients attest to the life-changing impact she and her team make in every engagement, whether it be an executive coaching initiative, a team coaching initiative, or working with executives who are transitioning.

Karen works at the highest levels of corporations with discretion and integrity; much of the work she does is highly confidential. Her clients include Intercontinental Hotels Group, Populous, Turner Broadcasting, ESPN, UPS, McCann, Wolverton & Associates, Randstad, and KPMG.

She becomes a trusted advisor to her clients and builds partnerships based on mutual respect and trust. Her clients believe that the personal growth of leaders and their teams, and their ability to enhance engagement, is critical to achieve accelerated enterprise growth and impactful business results.

Prior to founding her consultancy in 2000, Karen practiced as a psychotherapist and also worked within large corporations. She holds a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Rutgers University and a Masters in Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.

She is currently writing a book, due out in Spring of 2021, about how the power of connection is the cornerstone on which leadership rests as it heals us and helps us to create our uplifting tribes.