What Our Clients are Saying

“Karen, thank you for facilitating another great executive team meeting for Bellicum. I appreciate the ways in which you foster discussions that result in more clarity, alignment and shared commitment. I also appreciate the ways you constructively coach us individually and as a collective to improve and become better teammates. We have a greater sense of "team" than ever before.”

—Rick Fair
President & CEO

“I am never sorry when I follow your advice.”

—Jana Good, former VP Marketing,
Omaha Health.

“Thank you again for a well-presented, on-message workshop. It was so impressive how quickly you grasped the nuances we wished to cover and how seamlessly you incorporated the overall theme of our offsite. Preliminary responses to the survey show the group thought your workshop was excellent, practical and provided useful tools to work on the art of influence. It was a pleasure seeing you and I hope to see you again in the future!”

—Holly Spoonemore
Senior Regulatory Program Director, PTR, Genentech​

“With Karen’s coaching, I developed into a more effective communicator, and sharpened my ability to anticipate and address client needs. Her laser focus on helping executives drive results in partnership with others provided lasting change. Plus, her insight, enthusiasm and energy made her a joy to work with. I highly recommend her. ”

—Margot McShane, Managing Director
Russell Reynolds Associates

“I learned so much from my work with Karen. As a new leader entering a new position in a new company, I needed to create alignment among a disparate team. Through Karen’s coaching, I was able to gain insights into their various realities and build bridges of trust which have enabled the work to move forward successfully. Her coaching, meeting facilitation, and overall guidance have been very valuable to me and to my team.”

—VP, MD, Kaiser Permanente

“Thank you very much for being the “best” coach. You encouraged me to learn new things about myself and make change for the better. I have already begun to see the results. I continue to practice my skills and I’m getting more comfortable in these new shoes. Hoping that our paths will meet again in the future.”

—– Senior Manager, Kaiser Permanente

“We have worked with Karen as an executive coach, trainer, and facilitator. She brings her deep communication expertise, keen strategic insights and approachable style to every interaction with our team. As a result, our senior leader is communicating with greater impact and credibility, and our teams are developing and delivering compelling messages that influence others.”

—– Director, Commercial Communications & Strategy, Fortune 500 firm

“I never hesitate to get Karen involved in even the trickiest of leadership situations. She is an incredible thought partner and coach. Over the years, she's worked 1:1 with me and with several of my leaders, she's facilitated strategic meetings and she's led powerful large-audience workshops to help us grow the competencies we need to succeed. I have used Karen's Elements of Executive Presence card deck countless times. It is both a powerful diagnostic and a tremendous coaching tool that enables me to optimize how I show up. This tool, coupled with Karen's incredibly warm, yet firm coaching style have been powerful assets through every step of my evolution as a leader.”

—Dean Alford
Vice President
Respiratory, Genentech

“Crafting presentations for new audiences is now much easier and I feel confident that listeners will really get what I'm telling them. The Presentation Planner is a highly effective tool for capturing my best thinking and ensuring that I create an outline that is clear and compelling. The result: A presentation that motivates my audience to act. Try this tool. I guarantee that you'll be glad you did. ”

—Steve Harrison, former CSO
Relypsa Inc

“While your presentation tool organizes my thoughts around a precise communication goal, the process, itself, helps refine my thinking as it takes shape. Each iteration exposes ideas that hadn’t occurred to me before. The final presentation feels so much smarter, with more logical, elegant transitions, and a more effective result. This is brilliant.​”

—Susan Bierzychudek
Principal, Green Ideals Group

“I definitely feel an overall shift in my executive presence as a result of our work together. I’m more comfortable and less inhibited. I am speaking with more ease and less fear of judgement across all executive settings, including our leadership meetings.

Also, a leader I know from another functional area stopped me today and said he was in a meeting where people were talking about me and that they were referring to a presentation I gave that did a fantastic job of helping a non-core function link to our mission. Thanks again for being such a superb teacher…I am definitely feeling like I can do more of this.”

—– Senior VP, Genentech

“Karen is smart, focused, and provides counsel and support that is both professional and warm. I really enjoyed working with her, and learned more from her than I imagined I could. I would love to work with her again.”

—– Vice President, Non profit

“I will definitely use this Presentation Planner template you've developed. I love the prompts. It's an investment of time upfront that saves a lot of time later. It will lower my anxiety when preparing for my next presentation.

— Kevin Aronson, Senior Director, Sales Operations
FAO, Genentech

“I worked with Karen for one year and I feel that I have grown tremendously as a leader and as a person. Karen's practical approach to executive presence and to defining one's authentic brand were very impactful to me. While supportive, Karen also challenged me to see how I could make subtle adjustments that had a large impact on realizing my desired brand. I have also had Karen work with my leadership team, I've recommended her to others and have shared her Elements of Executive Presence tool and concepts with my mentees.”

—Andi Goddard
Vice President, Quality, Genentech​

“Karen was a full-service partner in creating and delivering an outstanding 2-day program of Executive Presence for 90 leaders in my organization. She worked closely with me and key stakeholders to understand the objectives and then designed and led a workshop that successfully fulfilled those objectives. Participants very much appreciated Karen's energy, her skillful facilitation, her approach with Executive Presence, the highly interactive workshop content and the Elements of Executive Presence cards. In a post-workshop survey, 97% of respondents said that they would recommend this program to others who are looking to enhance their strategic influence skills and executive presence. ”

—Audrey Malong, Principal Business Manager, Development Sciences

“Great job! I would not change anything. Perfect balance of content presented and interaction. We were all aware, engaged and learning throughout the day.​”

—Anonymous comment
Executive Presence Workshop
Genentech Inc.

“I shall be forever different as a result of our work together.”

—– VP, Professional Services firm

“Karen Elmhirst has worked with several of our leaders on executive communications, helping them motivate and inspire both internal and external audiences. Executive feedback on her collaborative coaching has been very positive and we have seen marked improvement as well.”

– Director, HR Global Learning and Performance, Large Hi-tech firm

“As a result of your coaching and facilitation, I walked away with a clearer sense of our vision and strategies, I felt encouraged about our prospects and will begin to convey these to my team. Afterward, we commented that your approach to helping teams achieve what they need is balanced, in that it is both firm and pleasant. I look forward to our next offsite!”

– Director, Genetech

“I always think of you when I get feedback
from one of my presentations, which happens a thousand times more since I started working with you. I don't think I ever inspired anyone until your coaching brought it out in me...I am very grateful.””

— Rick Fair, SVP, Head of Oncology Global
Product Strategy, Genentech/Roche