Karen Hough, Founder & CEO of ImprovEdge, and has been using improvisation as a catalyst for business training and consulting for more than 14 years. ImprovEdge won silver for Most Innovative Company of the Year 2012 at the International Stevie Awards and has a presence in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cleveland and Columbus. Karen is the #1 Amazon Bestselling author and 800CEORead Top 25 Business Book recipient for “The Improvisation Edge: Secrets to Building Trust and Radical Collaboration at Work” and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Karen's second, award-winning book “Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever: Break the Rules, Make Mistakes & Win Them Over" is available in four languages. Her third book, "Go With It: Embrace the Unexpected to Drive Change" will be published by ATD in 2017.
She also won the Athena PowerLink Award for outstanding woman-owned business, and is the creator of the Yes! Deck, “Managing Tough Conversations: The Everyday Coaching Model”, and articles and blogs including ASTD’s T&D magazine, Mashable.com and BusinessInsider.com. Karen is a national conference keynote speaker on topics such as negotiation, executive presence, presentation skills, leadership and business development. She is a graduate of Yale and La Sorbonne, Paris IV, and is deeply committed to philanthropic work. She lives with her husband and three children in Ohio.
As a strategic business partner for her clients, Karen helps companies to develop talent. Her goal is to change and improve behavior by incorporating improv skills, research, psychology and neuroscience to help companies, teams, and individuals improve performance and increase engagement, Karen leads programs that may include:
Specialties: Inspirational and learning-based speaking, facilitation of workshops in leadership, sales, management, negotiation, teambuilding, innovation and creativity, communication, coaching, improvisational performance.