Karen White has been coaching since 2004, following a career in the corporate world for 20 years.
While working in a corporate environment, she realized that many people were surviving and not thriving, seeing work as a means to an end. Karen was fortunate enough to be one of those people who loved what she did and was fundamentally happy with her life. It dawned on her that there was an opportunity to support others to derive meaning and enjoy their lives whatever their context, and not wait for the time when they had “arrived” somewhere else.
Karen describes herself as a perpetual learner and decided to pursue coaching as it is an industry that is still very much in its formative years. She have spent more than 10 years immersed in coaching others and developing herself as a coach.
She is a credentialed by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as a Master Certified Coach (MCC). She has more than 2 500 hours coaching experience, ranging from Executive level through middle management. She also has the following relevant qualifications:
- Graduate Diploma in Ontological Coaching (now known as the Certified Ontological Coaching Program with ACTP accreditation with the ICF)
- Leadership Embodiment Coach Training
- Integral Coach through New Ventures West / Centre for Coaching / Graduate School of Business
Karen collaborates with other coaches who are also deeply passionate about coaching as a profession. Together they offer individual coaching programs, leadership development programs, and coach training.
In 2009 she brought Leadership Embodiment to South Africa and continues to collaborate with the founder, Wendy Palmer. She is a certified Leadership Embodiment Teacher and heads up Leadership Embodiment in South Africa.
Karen also works with Alan Sieler of Newfield Ontological Coaching Institute. They offer introductory coach training and a rigorous and in-depth 18 month Certified Ontological Coaching Diploma, and she is the Director of Training for the program.
She is an associate and on the faculty of The Coaching Centre, supporting the development of new coaches.
Before coaching, Karen worked in a blue chip corporate environment for 20 years, ultimately as a senior manager. She has an excellent grasp of organisational dynamics, and the challenges and opportunities present in the corporate world.
A skilled Facilitator and Executive Coach, Karen has extensive experience developing leaders to be more self-aware, build skillful relationships, and deal with complexity and strategic challenges resulting in improved business practice. She has coached leaders of global companies at Executive and Senior management level in a cross section of functions. Some of the organizations she has worked with are Toyota, British American Tobacco (SA), Microsoft Internationally, Woolworths, @ Home, Old Mutual, KWV, Juta Publishers, The Body Shop, Standard Bank, and senior officials in Government.
As well as her formal business qualifications, Karen has completed her training as a Yoga Teacher. She is married and has two teenage sons. Aside from work, she enjoys horse riding, spending time with friends and family, reading, ongoing learning, yoga and cooking.
She is a curious traveler on this earth, looking for continual ways to learn and grow, including designing her own website!