Karen’s day job for over 30 years has been as a consultant, working for American Management Systems and the MITRE Corporation. Much of her work has focused on organizational and business transformation.
Sixteen years ago, Karen embarked on a journey to figure out why, despite her many personal and professional “successes,” she wasn’t satisfied. Feeling too much pressure and struggling to find balance, she took time off to figure out once and for all what she wanted to do with her career and how to reduce the stress in her life. She soon realized that the root of her problem was that she had spent her life trying to do what she thought she was supposed to do or should be doing. In fact, these “Shoulds” were so strong, she didn’t even know who she was and what she wanted.
Drawing upon extensive research, her professional experience in facilitating organizational change and her personal experience as she worked to overcome her own Shoulds, Karen developed a set of simple yet powerful methods and tools for breaking free from the Should Syndrome and learning to live a more fulfilling and satisfying life.
Karen now works part-time at MITRE and focuses her remaining time on taking care of herself and carrying out her mission of helping others learn who they are and what they want and how to make choices that enable them achieve their goals and find balance.
Karen has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University and has a Master’s Degree from Virginia Tech. She has two stepchildren and lives in Reston, Virginia, with her husband. Learn more about Karen and The Should Syndrome and follow her blog at The Should Syndrome.