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.