Karen Hough is the author of the Amazon #1 category Bestseller, “The Improvisation Edge: Secrets to Building Trust and Radical Collaboration at Work” published by Berrett-Koehler, and the Yes! Deck, a handy deck of cards packed with exercises, tips and ideas.
Ms. Hough trained with Chicago’s legendary Second City and had a career in stage, film and TV and was in over 100 live and filmed productions. She worked with the Metraform/Annoyance Theatre, the Organic Theatre and the Purple Crayon of Yale. She was formerly the International Spokesperson for Stratacom, a spokesperson for Tivoli and Infiniti, and her TV and radio credits include CBS, Miller, Earthshare, Eli Lilly and S.C. Johnson.
Karen then created a second career for herself, transitioning into sales in the network engineering industry in New York and Chicago.
Ms. Hough is a graduate of Yale University and La Sorbonne, Paris IV. She is deeply committed to volunteer activities and philanthropy. A portion of ImprovEdge profits go each year to support the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, Kiva, Computers for Youth and DonorsChoose. Her volunteer activities include teaching improv classes for high school students in rural Kansas and confidence-building workshops for Chicago inner-city schoolchildren. She resides in Columbus with her husband and 3 children.
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Karen Hough is the Founder & CEO of ImprovEdge, and has been using improvisation as an engaging learning tool for over 12 years. She uses these tools to build trust and is an active advocate of building a culture of radical collaboration. She is the model for changing the game by changing the tools that are used to build products and companies.
Chicke read Karen’s book in 2011 on an airplane and was fascinated with the potential for the use of improv techniques in business. Less than 24 hours after reading the book, before she even interviewed Karen, she tried one of the techniques mentioned in Chapter 2 of The Game Changer with wildly successful results.
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