Have your ever wondered what's happening at work when barriers seem to be getting in the way? Global Leadership Expert, Dr. Karen Otazo will help you to overcome obstacles and roadblocks. With her frank, no-holds-barred – and some times controversial – approach Dr. Otazo can help eliminate organizational dilemmas – in most cultures or countries – with profound wisdom and simple ways to take action.

Karen knows what senior-level managers need to do to prepare themselves for the executive suite (and what business styles and skills may hold them back), and how to artfully and diplomatically bring their careers to the level where they each want to be. Global Leadership Expert, Dr. Otazo, gives executives the tools they require to help them navigate business politics and global business cultures.

Dr. Karen Otazo, Managing Director of Global Leadership Network, Inc. is a global executive coach and thinking partner for multinational companies worldwide. With more than twenty-five years of experience working with clients in the United States, China, Indonesia,  Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Singapore, Otazo is uniquely equipped to work with executives in global corporations, national subsidiaries, joint ventures, and strategic alliances.  Her blue-chip client list includes BoozAllen Hamilton, Chase Bank, Colgate-Palmolive, Credit Suisse First Boston, The Economist Group, GeneralElectric, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Marks & Spencer, Motorola, Pepsico, Time International, and Vodafone. She earned a doctorate in Human Resources Development from the University of Northern Colorado, and holds masters and bachelors degrees in linguistics from City University of New York. Otazo is fluent in English, Spanish, French, Indonesian, and some Mandarin Chinese.

Dr. Otazo is also the known author of the "Truth About Managing your Career...and Nothing But The Truth" and "The Truth About Being A Leader...And Nothing But The Truth" along with numerous articles. She has also done countless interviews and keynote speaking engagements worldwide with a committed involvement in Vital Voices Global Partnership.

Dr. Otazo Hofmeister is currently committed to taking an active role in non-profit, NGO, organizations. Her local focus is on empowering immigrant women in Texas to start their own businesses. For Houston-based, 100 year-old, Neighborhood Centers, Karen is working on an online publication in Spanish as well as their capital campaign. She is on the boards of Vital Voices Global Partnership and Best Partners and the advisory board of the Tahirih Justice Center. As a member of WCD, Women Corporate Directors, she attended their “Boot Camp.” She is a fellow of SOL, Society for Organizational Learning, at MIT.

Karen has been honored to work with Vital Voices Global Partnership: In 2007 she worked with dynamic Russian women leaders, presented at the Americas Summit in Miami and went to Panama with a delegation to discuss leadership for women and the establishment of a Vital Voices Chapter.

Karen and her husband, Shell Oil President John Hofmeister, have established a not-for-profit, nation-wide membership association, Citizens for Affordable Energy. This new public policy advocacy firm exists to promote sound U.S. energy security solutions for the nation, including a wide range of affordable energy supply sources, essential infrastructure, sustainable environmental policy, and public education on energy issues. Karen serves on the organization’s Board of Directors.

There are many smart professionals and managers who aim for the top.  My role is to maximize each individual’s
career  whether they are in the early stages or toward  the end looking for ways to continue to have a focused purpose.”

– Dr. Karen Otazo

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"I’ve worked with Dr. Otazo for many years and she has always been a wise counsel with an uncanny ability to get to the heart of any issue, and her proposed solutions invariably work”

- Milton Steele, Vice President and Group Manager,
  FMC Corporation

A cutting-edge pioneer in the field of business coaching, Dr. Otazo knows-and speaks-the truth about how to get and keep the job you want. “

-Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., author Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office and Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich

I feel lucky that Dr. Otazo has coached me through many a career challenge”

- Julia Rowntree, author of Balancing Act;
  Art and the Business of Survival

Her style is clear, concise, and immediately accessible. She speaks to the mind and emotions simultaneously and galvanizes action”

- James Flaherty, Executive Coach, author of
  Coaching: Evoking Excellence in Others


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