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Manage Yourself to Lead Others

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Karen Jo Shapiro, Psy.D.

Executive Coach and Facilitator/Trainer

Karen Jo Shapiro is an executive coach and trainer with a practice in assessment, leadership development, team facilitation, and career planning. With a background in clinical psychology, she brings a deep understanding of how to facilitate behavioral change in individuals and groups. She specializes in coaching leaders of all levels to increase self-awareness for enhanced interpersonal effectiveness in the workplace, and helps them to strategically manage their careers.

Karen Jo has been on adjunct faculty at Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) since 1999 as a coach and facilitator for its leadership development programs. In addition, Karen Jo has worked extensively with leaders and professionals at Elon University, and consults to non-profit and government organizations. She has a particular interest in working with emerging leaders and has helped many such leaders to enhance their team leading skills, and to become more effective coaches for their direct reports.

Through CCL, Karen Jo has worked with hundreds of corporate leaders for a wide range of companies, includingEastman Chemical, Kao, State Farm Insurance, Amway Corporation, Intermatic Inc., Biscuitville, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Deere Employees Credit Union, Moody’s Corporation, Ryan, LLC, Mosaic, JLG Industries,The Hershey Company, Twist Marketing, Phacil Inc., Time Warner Cable, Fidelity Investments, and many more.

As the owner of Your Next Steps Coaching PLLC, Karen Jo provides career management and leadership coaching, along with workshops, facilitation, and assessment for development. She is known by her colleagues and clients for her warm and approachable manner matched with an insightful and deep-thinking style.

Karen Jo is a licensed psychologist in MA and NC, and she belongs to the National Register of Psychologists. With a Psy.D. from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, and as a Board Certified Coach, she is qualified in many assessment tools, and has been certified in the Workplace Big 5, Benchmarks, Influence Style Indicator, and the Conflict Dynamics Profile.

She is also a Founding Fellow and member of the Institute of Professional Coaching at Harvard/McLean. Karen Jo has been involved in contributing to a number of initiatives including Babson College’s  “Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork program”, and “Managing Talent, Yourself and Others” student development component, and in helping to found the Triad Coaching Connection.