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The Howells Group

Karen Howells, Founder and President

Philosophy Statement

Coaching is a unique professional relationship, offering needed space for each client to explore issues with candor and emotional safety. As leaders advance in any organization, it becomes more difficult to discuss and address challenges they face on a daily basis. In addition, the habits, constructs and behaviors that served them well earlier in their careers are often no longer effective. A strong executive coaching relationship provides a “thought partner” to work through difficult issues. Through skilled listening, powerful questioning and application of 25 years of experience with common leadership issues, I actively engage clients to discover powerful new insights and create new mindsets. Building new frameworks for new actions creates a foundation that supports clients to change deeply rooted habits and behaviors to new leadership approaches that best serve their individual goals and the organizations success.

Karen Howells, Founder and President
(503) 246-2929

Areas of Expertise/Results

  • 30 years working with leaders in multiple sectors, contexts and levels of responsibility
  • 25 years coaching executive leaders and senior teams
  • Organization and team development


  • Organizational communication and change
  • Strong background in utilizing assessments and 360 survey’s as a lever for change and improvement

Experience/Selected Projects

  • Developed and facilitated global program for high performing leaders at Intel corporation to expand and progress leaders into senior management since 2004 to the present.
  • Twenty five years of experience coaching senior leaders, coaching team members and growing their teams with organizations such as: Cadence Design System, American Express, NIKE, C-Tran, Port of Vancouver, Pierce Transit, Pacific Natural Foods, U of O, including many non profit institutions.
  • Coach for internal coaches and facilitators; have trained and developed internal professionals for Peace Health, NIKE, Intel, Daimler/Freightliner and many others.

Credentials & Certifications

  • BA from Lewis & Clark College, Organizational Development and Communication
  • MA in Leadership and Coaching for Leadership Formation
  • Certified and experienced in MBTI, DISC, Strengthsfinders, Leadership Agilities 360, Emotional Intelligence 360, Harrison Innverview, Thomas Kilman Conflict Inventory
  • Experienced workshop and keynote speaker and MBA adjunct faculty in Portland Metro area (George Fox, Marlyhurst, Portland State)

Sample Clients

NIKE, American Express, Cadence Design Systems, Pierce Transit, Banfield Pet Hospitals, Wieden+Kennedy, R2C, Planar, Intel, Port of Vancouver, DES State of Washington, Daimler/Freightliner, Peace Health, OHSU, Tuality Healthcare, CMSI, Crimson Trace.

Washington State University