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Member Spotlight, December 2018: Karen O’Donnell

Member Spotlight, December 2018: Karen O’Donnell

Meet Karen O’Donnell, Berkshire BPW member and former VP of programming!

Karen is a long-term Berkshire resident having moved here in the early 1980’s to work at GE Plastics. What you may not know is that Karen is a Professional Coach and Speaker on many facets of leadership and career growth and launched her new enterprise, Generating Autonomy LLC, in 2013 here in the Berkshires.

Whether you’re a successful business owner, a manager or an individual contributor growing your career, the daily tactics and firefighting take you away from your own growth and innovation. As a seasoned Professional Coach, Karen O’Donnell helps you notice what may be missing, flawed or weak in your approaches. Working together she heightens your own self-awareness, supports you in the design of new actions you want to take, assess how these actions are working for you, and then build a sustainability plan for the future. She’s your partner around your concerns, your business, your career ambitions.

Karen is known for her expertise in change management and was one of the lead change agents at General Electric initiating change across all GE businesses. Karen also led senior executive education at GE Crotonville for several years. Karen possesses deep experience in linguistics and communications, the neuroscience of change, and as a facilitator of strategic meetings, leadership and quality courses.

Karen’s passion is supporting others on their own career journeys. Don’t be shy, she’d be happy to have a casual conversation with you around your career ambitions. You can read her blogs on LinkedIn at or visit her website at

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