For over 25 years, Karen has been a trusted advisor to many business and HR leaders to help them acquire and develop top-tier leadership talent. She has been sought after nationally for her unique ability to identify and develop high-performing C-suite executives that give their companies a competitive edge in organizational excellence. The evidence-based assessment tools that Karen uses, combined with her psychological insight, have helped clients reduce their turnover rates, weed out underperformers, and grow their high potentials into industry leaders.
Karen founded Leadership Alliance, Inc. in 1998 and has built the business to become a premier organizational consulting firm that develops, coaches, and assesses thousands of leaders yearly.
Karen has consulted in various areas including talent acquisition assessment, executive development and coaching, team building, 360-degree feedback sessions, succession planning, culture development, and more. Her training and certifications across several instruments allow her to uniquely offer her clients solutions that are tailor-fit to their organizational needs. These include TeamTelligent®, DISC, Hogan Assessment Suite, viaEdge®, KF360®, Talentx7®, and Rhabit.
A little-known fact about Karen is that she is a big fan of fitness. She is a former tennis teaching pro and an avid hiker. Along with her family, she recently completed a hiking expedition in Nepal. Karen was recently part of the Peloton cycling class that was awarded the Largest Live Cycling Class by Guinness World Records.
Karen holds a B.S. in Business from Colorado State University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver.
How to Contact Karen:
- Phone – 1 (314) 993-8008
- Current Location – St Louis, MO
- Works Globally
- Extensively experienced in Private Equity, Aerospace, Healthcare, Financial Services, Technology, and Manufacturing.
Meet The Leadership Alliance Team
John Anderson, PhD
For over 10 years, John has used proven, science-based assessment tools to guide clients through not only their selection of high-performing talent but also developing their existing talent to achieve performance goals. He has consulted in various areas, including talent acquisition assessments, executive development coaching, creating mentoring and onboarding programs, and leadership development effectiveness assessments. John received his M.A. in Psychology from Roosevelt University and his Ph.D. in Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Carolyn Humphrey, PhD
Carolyn’s 15 years of organizational consulting experience, coupled with her background in Counseling Psychology, gives her a unique perspective into helping clients develop strong performers. She has consulted across the talent-management spectrum, from 360-degree feedback, executive coaching, and team effectiveness, to the design and delivery of innovative, researched-based leadership development solutions. Carolyn holds a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from Emory University and a M.A. degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Organizational Development from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Nicole Goessling, PhD
Nicole had dedicated the last 20 years to helping clients develop effective people strategies and implement practices that enable organizations to embrace a talent mindset and realize its benefits. Her passion lies in helping executives to prepare for greater leadership responsibilities and to adapt to changing business environments. Nicole has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from St. Louis University and a B.S. in Psychology from Southern Methodist University.
Peter Hegel, PhD
Peter’s real-world management experience, coupled with his psychology skills, has helped many clients achieve their organizational objectives and identify high potentials among their top talent. He has consulted across varies organizational areas including talent acquisition, executive coaching, creating mentoring and onboarding programs, and leadership development assessments. Peter holds a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from Washington University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from North Carolina State University.
Punita Gandhi, PhD
Punita has a passion for identifying key factors and underlying patterns that influence employee engagement, morale, and performance, and recommending effective strategies that align company goals with operational excellence. She has consulted with leaders in various areas including talent acquisition assessments, leadership development, selection and succession planning, executive coaching, team effectiveness, and designing innovative and customized programs for training and development. Punita has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University with a specialization in Business/Consulting from IU’s Kelley School of Business.
Melanie Kinser, PhD
Over the past 15 years, Melanie has designed and delivered leadership development and culture change initiatives to universities, family-owned businesses, Fortune 500 and non-profit organizations in a wide range of industries. She has consulted in areas including talent acquisition assessments, selection and succession planning, executive coaching, team effectiveness, and designing innovative and customized programs for training and development. Melanie holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Missouri and a B.S. from the University of Montana.
Jessica Rusnack, PhD
For over 10 years, Jessica has utilized her own leadership experience, coupled with her talents as a clinical psychologist, to uniquely evaluate cultural fit and develop talent for her clients. She has consulted in various areas with a focus on psychological assessment, talent acquisition, leadership development, executive coaching, and selection and succession planning. Jessica holds a B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Stanislaus and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Missouri – St. Louis.
Alexandra Tolentino, PhD
Alexandra is passionate about helping companies find the right talent to fuel their success, as well as assisting people in finding positions where they will feel challenged, fulfilled, and successful. She has consulted in various areas, including developing talent acquisition assessments, developing leadership effectiveness assessments, succession planning, and talent management. Alexandra holds a B.A. in Psychology from Washington University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University.
Amanda Wellford, PhD
For over 15 years, Amanda has assisted a wide variety of organizations with implementing best-in-class talent management processes using her psychological expertise coupled with her real-world, entrepreneurial skills. She has consulted in various areas, including talent acquisition assessments, executive development coaching, and guiding CEOs and their teams to improve management practices ranging from personnel selection to compensation. Amanda holds a B.A. from Smith College and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Rice University.