Category Archives: Business

Karen Hough: Corporate Training with an Improv Twist

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We’ve all sat through that mind-numbing professional development seminar, the one where a presenter clicks through an uninspiring PowerPoint presentation while you daydream about being absolutely anywhere else. Karen Hough is on a mission to transform that experience, combining the principles of improvisation with neuroscience and psychology to bring fun and meaning to corporate training.

Hough is the founder and CEO of ImprovEdge, an award-winning business training company that is changing the way we learn,

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Lisa Marie Platske: Design Your Destiny

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Women in male-dominated industries like tech, finance and law enforcement may feel like it’s unacceptable to reveal any vulnerability at work. This leads to compartmentalization, having a ‘work self’ that’s different from the real person on the inside. But this simply isn’t working. Not only does this approach make us seem unapproachable, it leads to burnout and perpetuates the myth that we have to behave a certain way in order to lead.

Lisa Marie Platske had a ten-year career as a Federal law enforcement officer,

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Natalie Franke: Empowering the Creative Community to Rise Together

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There may not be anything wrong with a little healthy competition, but at the end of day, human beings are social creatures with a need to connect and build community. Natalie Franke is on a mission to transform the way creative entrepreneurs see each other, moving away from a model of rivalry and opposition to one of collaboration for the common good.

Raised by a single mother, Natalie Franke started photographing weddings in high school to earn supplemental income.

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Marilyn Suttle: “Suttle” Shifts that Create Big Breakthroughs

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‘Don’t grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be.’

Rather than running from conflict, Marilyn Suttle suggests that if you are willing to listen when a customer or colleague is angry, there is a real opportunity to grow and strengthen the relationship.

Suttle is a customer service and communication expert who is known for helping teams make ‘Suttle Shifts’ in thinking to achieve breakthrough success with customers. Her clients include Ford Motor,

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Caryn Kopp: Chief Door Opener

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Very rarely does a sale simply fall into your lap. Sales is a process that requires patience, time and follow-up as you build long-term relationships with prospects. And if your company protects those relationships, you will be rewarded with a predictable pipeline moving forward.

Caryn Kopp is the Chief Door Opener at Kopp Consulting, known for helping her clients secure initial meetings with high-level decision-makers at top-tier companies like Pfizer, GE, Merck,

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