Karen O’Donnell, M.S.


Karen O’Donnell works with business and medical leaders and teams who aspire to uncommon levels of performance, growth and innovation.  She recently completed a notable career with General Electric Corporation at the Jack Welch Leadership Center – Crotonville – Ossining, New York.

Karen is known for her expertise in change management and was one of the lead change agents at General Electric initiating change across all GE businesses.  Karen has deep experience as a facilitator of strategic meetings, leadership and quality courses, and as a coach for individuals, teams and executives.  She is also a student of the neuroscience of change and linguistics.  She employs both areas of expertise as a medical and executive coach.

Karen’s career at General Electric included her role as the leader of Executive Education where she re-designed and delivered the two highest-level Executive Programs and helped develop and lead the CEO-sponsored Leadership, Innovation and Growth program for GE’s top 60 executive teams.

Karen’s GE experience includes holding a variety of positions -- manager of public relations, marketing communications, marketing and business operations, and medical continuous improvement initiatives with many US healthcare systems. She brings a unique perspective from her own career growth and her focus on professional and leadership development.

Karen is a certified green belt, a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation (PCC), experienced in DiSC and Myers Briggs, and qualified in EQ-I, MRG, Energy and Hogan assessments.

Karen graduated from Middlebury College, VT, holds a master’s degree in zoology from the University of Illinois, and a master’s in science journalism from Boston University.  Karen participates regularly in leadership and coaching education, and recently garnered a certificate in Strategic Human Resources Practices from Cornell University.  Karen is VP of Enhanced Membership for the International Coaching Federation, New England Chapter, and a committee member of 1Berkshire, and Programming Chair for Berkshire Business and Professional Women’s Foundation.

As a coach for CTI, Karen has worked with the following organizations and individuals:

Adventist Health System: Chief of Staff Florida Hospital, Chief of Anesthesiology Florida Hospital, Director ED Florida Hospital, Chief of Staff FHNP
Baystate Medical Center: Physicians, nurses, senior administrative roles
Dubuque Mercy Hospital and Medical Associates: CNO and physicians
Duke LifePoint Health: Chief Radiologist, Director Residency Program, Physicians
GE Healthcare: Acquisition team – acquired company CEO, CFO, COO, CIO, CHRO, etc. in a GE acquisition process, GE consulting with Pfizer and Merck, GEHC P&L team consulting and education
Kaleida: COO, CFO, additional physicians, nurses and other staff
Lee Health: 4 consecutive years of coaching/consulting -- Chief Transformation Officer, Chief Medical Transformation Officer, various physicians, Clinical Neuropsychologist - Lead Physician, Director of Recruiting; Chief, internal medicine
Newton-Wellesley Hospital: COO, CHRO and CTO and class participants in Six Sigma education and deployment, project coaching
NY Presbyterian: CEO, CFO, COO, CNO, 2 Board members, various physicians and support staff
St. Francis/Mercy: Hospital CEO
Via Christi, Wichita: CHRO and Assistant CNO