Karen Altekruse


  • Bachelor of marketing management, Bellevue University, Bellevue, NE
  • MBA with Certification in Executive Coaching, Bellevue University, Bellevue, NE
  • PhD Leadership Studies, Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI




Karen works with executive leaders and their teams to achieve long term, sustainable growth. With more than 25 years of business and leadership experience, she approaches client issues with a practical, solutions-based focus. Her experience includes roles as the founder and president of an award-winning marketing communications firm, director of marketing and public relations, business development director for a healthcare start-up and the founder & executive director of a 501(c)(3).

Prior to joining CLA Karen led a learning and development department and was the director of a college-based business resource center where she worked with business owners and entrepreneurs on their business, marketing and strategic plans, team and leadership development, and creating effective and efficient business operations.

Karen provides executive and leadership coaching;  customer experience assessments; customized talent and leadership development programs, and organization development consulting. 


Technical experience

  • Executive Coaching
  • Leadership Development & Training
  • Organizational Development
  • Succession Planning
  • Team Building
  • Operational Effectiveness
  • CEO Roundtable Facilitation
  • Business & Strategic Planning
  • Change Management 
  • Organizational Change 

Upcoming speaking engagements

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Resources and event materials

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In the community

  • International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Association for Talent Development (ATD)
  • National Speakers Association (NSA)


  • Executive Coach
  • ATD Master Coach Designation
  • ATD Leadership Development Program
  • Mentor Coach
  • Franklin Covey Facilitator
  • RightPath Behavioral Assessment
  • Gallup Business Builder Profile
  • OnePage Business Plan
  • Roundtable Facilitator