Karen Hough has been utilizing improvisation, also is the Creator & CEO of both ImprovEdge. She is the author of the Amazon #1 category Bestseller, “The Improvisation Edge: Keys to Building Trust and Radical Collaboration at Work” published by Berrett-Koehler, and the Yes! Deck, a deck of cards packed with ideas, tips and exercises. Ms. Hough is working on her next book which is released in spring 2014. ImprovEdge received the Stevie International Award “Most Innovative Business of the Year 2012”. She is the recipient of the Athena PowerLink Award for excellent women-owned organization, and now ImprovEdge is a certified WBE (Women’s Business Enterprise). Ms. Hough writes numerous articles for industry websites, and continues to be showcased ASTD’s T&D magazine, Mashable.com and BusinessInsider.com. She's a national conference keynote speaker on subjects such as presentation skills and executive attendance, negotiation, and leadership.
She coached with Chicago's Second City and enjoyed a career in stage and film, performing in over 100 filmed and live productions. Her life that was second entailed working as an effective executive in network technology, and finally she became the entrepreneur. ImprovEdge includes a presence in six towns and a client list including Turner Coach Broadcasting and Nationwide Insurance. She is a graduate of Yale University and La Sorbonne. Ms. Hough is a past board member of KeyBank's Key4Women National Advisory Board and also WELD (Women for Economic Leadership and Development) and is a former board member of Yale's Whim 'n Rhythm Alumnae Association. She volunteers extensively using confidence-building workshops for children and some of ImprovEdge funds go annually to Computers for Youth, The Women's Fund and Kiva. Ms. Hough lives with her husban
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