ExecConnect Speaker Spotlight: Karen Atwell, First Command

We’re very excited to welcome Karen Atwell, VP Leadership & Talent Development at First Command, as a featured panelist at ExecConnect 2018!

Karen is a dynamic leader with over 35 years of management, consulting and coaching experience. Accomplished in talent development, HR consulting, coaching, training, and facilitating, Karen’s current role focuses on innovating new approaches to talent strategy, assessment, succession planning, development, and executive coaching.

Karen is currently the VP Leadership & Talent Development with First Command Financial Services and President of Dynamic Perspectives, LLC. Her previous experience includes Executive Director and Master Coach with UBS Global Wealth Management as well as various sales management and senior sales leadership positions with Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, and Prudential Securities.

Karen holds an MA in Organizational Communications from Ohio University and is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation. Karen and her family live in Fort Worth, Texas and Deer Isle, Maine.

What inspired you to follow this career path?

I love to help leaders grow and watch individuals discover what makes them great and how they can improve.

How is the L&D space changing?

To move learners from content exposure to some level of mastery we must find ways to follow learners back to their desks and help them apply their learning. Coaching, mentoring, and quality reinforcement tools are a good start. I think we need to challenge our thinking and truly innovate in this space.

Where can we find you when you’re not working?

I love to retreat to my home in Maine and connect with the community. Giving back is a great way to reenergize.

What are you looking forward to most at ExecConnect 2018?

Connecting with peers and listening. I have some good ideas, but through listening, I might be able to make a few of them great ideas!

Hear from Karen and other L&D professionals at ExecConnect 2018,
Oct 2-3 in New York City. Tickets are selling out fast, so register now!

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