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Founder & CEO of ImprovEdge

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 Karen Hough Biography

Karen Hough is the Founder & CEO of ImprovEdge, www.ImprovEdge.com, and has been using improvisation as a catalyst for business training and consulting since 1998.

ImprovEdge won the silver International Stevie Award for Most Innovative Company of the Year 2012, and Karen was recognized in 2016 as an Inspiring Woman by the WNBA’s Indiana Fever. Her first book, The Improvisation Edge: Secrets to Building Trust and Radical Collaboration at Work published by Berrett-Koehler, was a #1 Amazon Bestselling author in category and 800CEORead Top 25 Business Books. Ms. Hough is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and has been featured in Inc magazine and Investor’s Business Daily. Her second book, Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever: Break the Rules, Make Mistakes and Win Them Over published by BK in 2014 won the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award. Karen’s third book, “Go With it: Embrace the Unexpected to Drive Change,” on using improvisation to drive innovation was published in 2017 by the Association for Talent Development.

Karen is also an engaging and gifted speaker-conducting energizing breakout sessions, memorable workshops, riveting keynotes, and effective strategic planning sessions.

The high-energy presentations that Karen deliver are as interactive as you want them to be. She never delivers a "canned" speech and is happy to introduce improv into the format of any program-with audiences that are small and intimate to groups of hundreds. The results of her powerful, thought-provoking programs are empowered individuals, more effective teams, and stronger organizations.

For a number of years, Karen worked as a senior sales executive in the network engineering industry in New York and Chicago. She originated and expanded the sales and management efforts of three separate technology start-ups, launched partner programs and assisted in East Coast and National expansions. Karen has been a professional improviser and actor for 20 years. Her improvisational training and performance credits include the Second City of Chicago, Metraform/Annoyance Theatre, the Organic Theatre and the Purple Crayon of Yale. Karen is the former International Spokesperson for Stratacom, a spokesperson for Tivoli and Infiniti. Her TV and radio credits include CBS, Miller, Earthshare, Eli Lilly and S.C. Johnson.

An accomplished businesswoman, Karen has received the 2009 Athena Powerlink Award sponsored by NAWBO and National City Bank, and was honored as a Deloitte & Touche Wise Woman, for its inaugural breakfast event. She is a member of AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Actors), NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners), NSA (National Speakers Association), ASTD (American Society of Training and Development), eWomenNetwork, MPI (Meeting Planners International) and WELD (Women for Economic and Leadership Development). She is a graduate of Yale University and La Sorbonne, Paris IV.

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Speaking Topics
  • From Promising Managers to Tomorrow's Leaders

  • Building Better Relationships: It's All about Communication & Interaction

  • Oops to Eureka! Turning Mistakes into Great Discoveries

  • Leverage Your People Power: Building Team Equity

  • Managing Tough Conversations

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    Booking fees for Karen Hough, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Karen Hough, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Karen Hough?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Karen Hough for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Karen Hough for your next private or corporate function.
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Karen Hough

Founder & CEO of ImprovEdge

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Karen Hough Biography

Karen Hough is the Founder & CEO of ImprovEdge, www.ImprovEdge.com, and has been using improvisation as a catalyst for business training and consulting since 1998.

ImprovEdge won the silver International Stevie Award for Most Innovative Company of the Year 2012, and Karen was recognized in 2016 as an Inspiring Woman by the WNBA’s Indiana Fever. Her first book, The Improvisation Edge: Secrets to Building Trust and Radical Collaboration at Work published by Berrett-Koehler, was a #1 Amazon Bestselling author in category and 800CEORead Top 25 Business Books. Ms. Hough is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and has been featured in Inc magazine and Investor’s Business Daily. Her second book, Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever: Break the Rules, Make Mistakes and Win Them Over published by BK in 2014 won the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award. Karen’s third book, “Go With it: Embrace the Unexpected to Drive Change,” on using improvisation to drive innovation was published in 2017 by the Association for Talent Development.

Karen is also an engaging and gifted speaker-conducting energizing breakout sessions, memorable workshops, riveting keynotes, and effective strategic planning sessions.

The high-energy presentations that Karen deliver are as interactive as you want them to be. She never delivers a "canned" speech and is happy to introduce improv into the format of any program-with audiences that are small and intimate to groups of hundreds. The results of her powerful, thought-provoking programs are empowered individuals, more effective teams, and stronger organizations.

For a number of years, Karen worked as a senior sales executive in the network engineering industry in New York and Chicago. She originated and expanded the sales and management efforts of three separate technology start-ups, launched partner programs and assisted in East Coast and National expansions. Karen has been a professional improviser and actor for 20 years. Her improvisational training and performance credits include the Second City of Chicago, Metraform/Annoyance Theatre, the Organic Theatre and the Purple Crayon of Yale. Karen is the former International Spokesperson for Stratacom, a spokesperson for Tivoli and Infiniti. Her TV and radio credits include CBS, Miller, Earthshare, Eli Lilly and S.C. Johnson.

An accomplished businesswoman, Karen has received the 2009 Athena Powerlink Award sponsored by NAWBO and National City Bank, and was honored as a Deloitte & Touche Wise Woman, for its inaugural breakfast event. She is a member of AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Actors), NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners), NSA (National Speakers Association), ASTD (American Society of Training and Development), eWomenNetwork, MPI (Meeting Planners International) and WELD (Women for Economic and Leadership Development). She is a graduate of Yale University and La Sorbonne, Paris IV.

Karen Hough Videos

  • Being Confident With Karen From ImprovEdge - YouTube

Karen Hough Speaking Topics

  • From Promising Managers to Tomorrow's Leaders

  • Building Better Relationships: It's All about Communication & Interaction

  • Oops to Eureka! Turning Mistakes into Great Discoveries

  • Leverage Your People Power: Building Team Equity

  • Managing Tough Conversations

FAQs on booking Karen Hough

  • How to book Karen Hough?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Karen Hough for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Karen Hough, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Karen Hough or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Karen Hough?

    Booking fees for Karen Hough, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Karen Hough, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Karen Hough?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Karen Hough for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Karen Hough for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Karen Hough or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Karen Hough or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Karen Hough is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Karen Hough for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Karen Hough generally travels from Columbus, OH, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Carol Muratore, J. Michael Marks, Rolfe Carawan, Bill Sinunu and Frank Candy. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Karen Hough for an upcoming event.

Karen Hough Speaker Videos

  • Being Confident With Karen From ImprovEdge - YouTube

Karen Hough Speaking Topics

  • From Promising Managers to Tomorrow's Leaders

  • Building Better Relationships: It's All about Communication & Interaction

  • Oops to Eureka! Turning Mistakes into Great Discoveries

  • Leverage Your People Power: Building Team Equity

  • Managing Tough Conversations

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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