Karen Hough C-Suite Network Advisor Since September 2017

Karen Hough, Founder and CEO, ImprovEdge

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Karen Hough is the Founder & CEO of ImprovEdge, an Amazon bestselling author, contributor to the Huffington Post and recipient of the Silver Stevie International Award for Most Innovative Company of the Year as well as the Athena PowerLink Award for outstanding woman-owned business and the Outstanding Women award from the WNBA’s Indiana Fever. Karen passionately believes that improvisation can make anyone more powerful, effective and adaptable, and ImprovEdge clients agree. Her company is in the top 1% of women-owned businesses in the US. A Yale graduate, Karen’s first life was as a professional improviser and actor. She trained with Chicago’s Second City, did over 100 theatrical productions, and was featured in radio, TV and film. She lived a second life as a successful executive in network engineering. Finally, she became an entrepreneur. She is a Certified Speaking Professional and has presented to audiences of thousands in the US and internationally.


Karen Hough | Karen Hough, Founder and CEO, ImprovEdge

"It was fantastic to have Karen with us at our sales conference, she got the Team motivated and thinking – we’ve heard a lot of “yes AND” this week. Success!! "

Amy Gath

Vice President, North America Marketing, Formica

"“We LOVED Karen’s workshop at the HBA. I have participated in Improv workshops before and this was exceptional!” "

Marie E. Sanchirico, PhD

Medical Managed Care Director, Medical Affairs - MS Franchise, Genzyme Corporation

"Engaging, funny, smart, trendsetter. These are just a few adjectives that describe the phenomenon that is Karen Hough. Her innovative style of communication is revolutionizing the business world. She gives you permission to be creative and think outside of the box. In fact, she tells you to tear the box up and use it for kindling. Karen is the entrepreneur of the future. She takes all of the things she loves and is passionate about and uses them to help others get “unstuck.” I can’t think of a better way to make a living! Karen transforms dysfunctional, lackluster teams into valuable, highly-functioning cooperatives. If you need help moving your group to the next level, then you definitely need Karen Hough and ImprovEdge. I am a big fan and you will be, too!"

Senior Communications Leader, Healthcare


Karen Hough | Karen Hough, Founder and CEO, ImprovEdge

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