An organizational coach and talent development consultant, Karen's expertise in leadership success, team dynamics, corporate culture transformation, conflict resolution, transitional change, transparency, goal alignment and organizational performance optimizes increased agility for diverse and challenging workplaces.
A seasoned professional, Karen has worked with Alaska Native Corporations, oil and gas entities, federal, state and local government agencies for more than 30 years. She has facilitated courses for clinics/behavioral health providers, law firms, engineering, oil support services, resource management, tourism, trade associations, nonprofits and others. Experience as a faculty member, business executive, government lobbyist, and television producer in a myriad of cultural settings with her multi-faceted career, Karen creates employee engagement building long-term partnerships and referrals from clients. As a credentialed coach, her non cookie-cutter approach leverages somatic and systems intelligence for body/mind awareness, impact and resilience, resulting in sustainable transformation.
Casanovas spearheaded Alaska Airlines’ training programs for market expansion to rural communities and routinely guides innovators, futurists, creators, entrepreneurs, disrupters and makers in enterprise architecture. Her work in team-building, communication, accountability, leadership, motivation, resiliency, capacity development, sustainability, and customer relations provides hands-on effective coaching and mentoring while aligning core competencies, values and goals. Her ability to get to the heart of the matter, offer strategies and tools with realistic solutions, results in turnarounds and immediate effective outcomes.
Karen graduated from Alaska Pacific University; attended Pacific Lutheran University's School of Business; and is a Fellow at the Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital, Harvard University affiliate. Additionally, she holds professional graduate certificates in Nonprofit Management from University of Alaska, Wellness Program Design from WELCOA, training in Organizational and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC), and the Co-Active Training Institute (CPCC). She has served on numerous nonprofit boards including the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board for Alaska Pacific University, and the Aviation Advisory Board for the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Karen was also selected to serve on the Senior Citizens Advisory Commission enhancing and supporting the quality of life for older adults.
A former member of the Circumpolar Infrastructure Task Force as part of the Northern Forum and the Arctic Council, Karen was also part of the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center team during the 9/11 crisis. She is trained in safety and emergency preparedness, and was a presenter at the Governor's Safety and Health Conference. Casanovas was an Anchorage Federal Executive Association Civilian Leadership award nominee, and was a Robert J. Collier award recipient presented by the National Aeronautic Association. She was also honored with the Visionary Award from the Federal Aviation Administration, and guides organizations in initiative and policymaking.
Ms. Casanovas has worked on films with Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Drew Barrymore, Jon Voight, Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, John Krasinski, Vanessa Hudgens, Dean Norris, Vanessa Hudgens, Teri Polo and Brett Baker, and on television commercials and shows. A life-long student of Alaska Native culture, she's lived in Nome, Fairbanks, Kodiak, and has traveled to nearly every corner of Alaska collecting artifacts from the beach and photographing historic landmarks.
Karen's articles and opinions on coaching, human resources, aviation, and the television industry have been published in numerous outlets and sources including LinkedIn, Alaska Dispatch News, The Peninsula Clarion, The Fairbanks Daily News Miner, The Juneau Empire, Alaska Magazine, The Alaska Journal of Commerce, The Anchorage Daily News, The Washington Monthly, The Arctic Council, The Northern Forum, United States Army Alaska's Stationing & Training of Increased Aviation Assets, Center for Disease Control (NIOSH) Survey and Analysis of Aviation Safety, Aero News, Reel Alaska and other national, federal and state media outlets.
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