Karen Dawson, Ph.D.

Karen Dawson, Elephant Whisperer*

Phone: 403) 560-4889

*Learning to engage our (and others’) elephants is a must-have for new ways of working. For more on elephant business, see the DF website.

Just because it’s fun doesn’t mean it isn’t serious. 

           – John Cleese

Karen is a facilitator, consultant and certified executive coach, focusing on organizational leadership development. Karen reads lots, runs slowly, and lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Karen likes to think of her background as eclectic, though some say it’s rather mixed up. As a Flight Commander in the Cadet Flying Program, Karen was responsible for training pilots from 1982 to 1988 with the Canadian Military Reserve – she has also served as a cocktail waitress, a jail matron, and a high school theatre teacher. Grounded in theatre training (University of Alberta) as an actor and director, Karen incorporates the fundamental skills of improvisation and theatre in her work with clients. She is particularly interested in the intersection of creative processes and organizational change.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Arts in Leadership, and a PhD degree through Tilburg University. Specializing in leadership development through her company Create Now Inc., Karen teaches at The Banff Centre on the leadership development faculty, works with a broad range of corporate clients, and is associate faculty with Royal Roads University Masters of Environment & Management program.