KAREN FRIEDMAN is a business communications expert whose techniques to help leaders influence and communicate more effectively have been applied on four continents. Author of the best-selling book ‘Shut Up and Say Something’ (Praeger Publishing), and Ordinary People: Extraordinary Lessons, she heads Karen Friedman Enterprises, Inc. which has been teaching professionals how to become more compelling communicators for over two decades.
Following a prestigious career as an award-winning television news journalist in major markets including Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Huntsville, Alabama and a short stop at the BBC in London, in 1996 Karen launched Karen Friedman Enterprises. Her expertise was instantly recognized by former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton who tapped Karen to provide media and political training for women in South and Central America.
Since then, her firm has worked across industries with the worlds top global companies to prepare professionals for presentations, high-profile media interviews, mergers and acquisitions, investor meetings, product launches and recalls, FDA hearings, panel discussions and more. As a seasoned executive coach, Karen works closely with professionals to help them hone their leadership abilities, manage difficult situations and improve interpersonal skills.
Karen is adjunct faculty at Smith College’s executive education programs for women where she teaches leadership communications. In addition, she hosts the popular Internet TV and radio series Speaking Of on ReachMD which helps health care professionals improve their communication skills.
Frequently quoted by publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Fortune and CNN Money, Karen is a professional speaker and facilitator who has repeatedly received top rated speaker awards. Her articles on leadership and communication techniques are regularly published in business magazines and on-line sites and her popular monthly communication video tips are viewed by thousands of subscribers.
Other published works include Speaking of Success, which she co-authored with several best-selling writers including Stephen R. Covey (Seven Habits of Highly Effective People), Ken Blanchard (One Minute Manager) and Jack Canfield (co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul).
Karen earned her degree at the Pennsylvania State University and furthered her studies at the University of Manchester in England. She is a member of numerous organizations including the National Speakers Association, International Association of Business Communicators, Public Relations Society of America, American Society of Training and Development and the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association where she consistently receives the top rated speaker award at international leadership conferences.
Karen lives in the Philadelphia area with her family and her son’s 75-pound puppy.