Karen graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in natural sciences, specialising in psychology and then a PhD in psychometrics. Working on assessment of competence, she gained experience in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, measuring workforce and management excellence. She left after three years to found her own business. After 17 years, Moloney & Gealy had grown to a turnover of £1m and employed 10 full time staff and 40 associates. Clients included household names from the public and private sectors, such as Nestle, two UN Agencies, Prudential, Glaxo SmithKline, P&G and Unilever and her experience covers the manufacturing, IT, financial and service sectors.
For over seventeen years, Karen grew an HR consulting practice from scratch to 5 partners, 10 staff and 40 associates, turning over £1m. Her clients included many household names, amongst them global legal, consultancy and accounting practices.
In 2004, she set up Moloney Minds in order to concentrate on thinking, writing, speaking and working with a smaller group of select clients worldwide. Her current portfolio includes professional services firms, global manufacturing and financial services. Her current interests cover male and female leadership styles, the impact of technology on business models and strategic alignment in complex matrix organisations. As an ex-actress and entertainer, she is in demand on the conference circuit and delivers with humour, energy and wisdom.
Karen's work over the past couple of years has included advising companies on attracting and retaining its top talent, the building of emotional capital within organisations, the development of competency frameworks as a culture change tool, and the creation of career and personal development opportunities to retain individuals.
As a business psychologist with an interest in human difference, Karenís approach tends to be pragmatic based on sound experience of what works in the companies and what doesnít. She takes a long hard and critical look at such issues as diversity and performance pay and smashes a few management myths along the way.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Chartered British Psychological Society and the World Future Society and is a regular contributor to the press and radio.
Resillience and Discipline: Hanging in and hanging on (100 Chief Executives of companies under the Bonnier Group, Stockholm Sweden, January 2013)
Leading in a Crisis (Investment bankers from BNP Paribas in Bahrain, October 2012)
Strong Leadership (Bankers from Danske Bank in Copenhagen, January 2013)
Aligning Strategy (Senior executives from Jaguar Land Rover, UK, January 2013)
Leading Change: Whitewater and flash floods (Senior managers from Boehringer Ingelheim, Moscow, October 2012)
The Future of Sex (to festival-goers at the Secret Garden Party, UK, August 2012)
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*Generation X, Y and Z