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Karen Elise Shelton Williams

Karen Williams

Karen Elise Shelton Williams

Executive Development Consultant Sandy Hook, Virginia (US)

Professional Expertise

KRW Executive Development Consultant Karen E.S. Williams works with all levels of leaders within the profit and non-profit sectors. She has dedicated her career to developing talent across all cultures and generations. With core competencies in coaching, consulting, training, facilitation, management, leadership, and diversity development, Karen facilitates transformation and forward action for her clients. She coaches leaders to create clarity in the midst chaos, overcome setbacks, build growth mindsets, and develop emotional intelligence. By coaching the whole leader, her clients emerge with game changing strategies that impact their effectiveness wherever they lead.


With more than twenty years of corporate experience, Karen has worked in myriad HR roles including Head of Global Learning and Development, Senior Leadership Consultant, and DEI Strategist for Fortune 500 and 200 companies. She has overseen the professional development for leadership and management teams, as well as driven the strategy for diversity development for her organizations. Karen’s work has been recognized as one of the top three leadership development programs in the world and earned top awards from DiversityInc. In addition to serving as an internal coach for managers and leaders, Karen has also sat on internal corporate steering committees dedicated to differential development. She spent several years in business and teaching English throughout Mexico, gaining interpersonal skills and cultural insights that heavily influence her work today and inform her global perspective.

An award-winning global learning leader, Karen’s accolades include recognition by Training Magazine Top 125, Brandon Hall Excellence Awards, and AON Best in Class global leadership development awards. She serves as an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University as a Leadership Coach in their graduate programs. As a member of several dance companies, her proximity to ballet greats such as Rudolph Nureyev instilled in her the discipline of excellence and gracefully connecting with others through “authentic presence.”


  • B.B.A. – James Madison University
  • Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance Certification – George Mason University
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC) – International Coach Federation
  • Langevin Learning – Master Trainer
  • Personalysis Profile Practitioner
  • Leadership Circle Profile Certification
  • Argo Leadership Summit Certificate – Harvard Business School
  • Study Abroad Anthropological Studies Summer Program – Universidad Autónoma De Yucatán