She has also earned the credential of Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from the International Coach Federation. She has a Master’s degree in Adult & Continuing Education and a B.A. (Psychology) from the University of Saskatchewan. She has additional training in positive psychology coaching, and in organization & relationship systems coaching.
Since 2008, Kara has been certified by Target Training International (TTI) as a Certified Professional Behavioural Analyst (DISC profile, identifying behavioural styles), and a Certified Professional Motivators Analyst (Driving Forces profile). Through use of these instruments, Kara has helped hundreds of individuals to better understand both their strengths and weaknesses in order to boost their success at work by becoming better aligned with the expectations of their roles.
Kara has created two of her own courses for teaching coaching skills: Exponential Coaching™ (completed by nearly 500 leaders since 2014); and a two-day course combining the power of coaching with the science of positive psychology, which she has been teaching at the University of Calgary since 2010.
Advancing the coaching profession is of significant importance to Kara: she served a three-year term (2012-2014) on the Global Board of Directors for the International Coach Federation (ICF); and she served for four years on the ICF Global Membership & Community Committee, including Chair of the Committee in 2011. Kara is currently serving on the ICF Global Nominating Committee, and on an ICF Global Working Group for Credentialing and Accreditation.
Prior to full-time coaching, Kara’s career was focused in the post-secondary sector, having held a range of instructional, leadership, and project-related roles in higher education environments.
Kara served as a coach and change management facilitator at the University of Calgary, as well as Senior Executive Assistant to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) of that institution. She taught communication, management, and orientation courses at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), including teaching introductory management courses at a partner institute in China. At the University of Saskatchewan Kara taught oral and written communication for engineering students and held a variety of other positions in service of students and staff.
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