Compass International Founder Karen Curnow is an internationally recognized authority in developing powerful, compassionate leaders. Her work with senior executives, teams, and coaches supports world changers in creating impact that matters. Having worked and lived in France, Turkey, Kenya, Austria, and the USA, Karen has served as executive and team coach, consultant, university professor, and training director.
Acknowledged as a leader in leadership development and coaching, Karen serves on the faculty of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching program, was selected by the United Nations as a certified coach and leadership-training consultant, and is an international PCC credential assessor for the International Coach Federation. Karen was an organizing team member for the groundbreaking Calling in Power and Culture Summit, bringing together over 30 coach education programs to integrate and transform the dynamics of power, privilege, rank and culture in coaching.
Clients served include: Lidl, KUSI Global, Under Armour, Hall Family Foundation (Hallmark), Public Health Solutions, the World Bank, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Bayer Health Care, CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network, Aerospace Corporation, Evolent Health, Boeing, Discovery Communications, Inc., VISA International/Inovant, Leidos/SAIC, and numerous universities, federal government agencies, and other organizations. Committed to supporting innovators with global impact, Karen has also coached Fellows from TED, Sundance Momentum, and Uncharted/The Unreasonable Institute. Karen helps her clients clarify and step strongly into their leadership by developing deeper connection, meaning, and presence, enabling them to shift nimbly as business requires.
A Georgetown University doctoral candidate focusing on the impact of culture on leaders and leadership, Karen earned her M.B.A. in International Management and Marketing from U.S. International University (Nairobi campus), her B.S. in Business Administration and French at Houghton College and the Sorbonne/University of Paris, and her certification in Coaching and Organizational Learning from Newfield Network-USA and George Mason University. Her publications focus on leadership, international management/living, coaching, and workplace diversity and inclusion.