Karen Gately is a passionate optimist with unwavering belief in the power of the human spirit. A highly regarded thought leader in the fields of human performance and leadership, Karen brings a fresh perspective to what it takes to lead people and teams to reach the peaks of their potential.
Karen’s energetic and engaging style inspires people to shift their thinking and sign up for the challenge of becoming a better version of themselves. Known for her pragmatic, down to earth and uncomplicated approach Karen stands apart from many other commentators in her field. Doing away with ambiguous and complicated concepts Karen equips her audience with realistic strategies and practical solutions.
Karen’s approach is deeply rooted in the 25 years she spent training and teaching karate. At age 14 she was the youngest person awarded a 1st dan black belt in Shukokai Karate. After many more years of dedicated training and teaching Karen went on to be graded to 3rd dan. A multiple times winner of state, national and international titles, Karen is a highly accomplished tournament karate competitor.
Over the span of her corporate career Karen worked in client service, strategy, planning and quality management leadership roles. In 2006, after eight years as head of human resources for The Vanguard Group in the Asia Pacific, Karen established Ryan Gately an HR consultancy focused on enabling organisations to thrive through people.
Drawing on her martial arts and business experience Karen delivers compelling keynotes and workshops aimed at influencing the success of both leaders and teams. Her Successful Leaders programs are designed to educate and inspire managers at all of stages of their careers. Advocating a balanced approach focused equally on results and people, Karen shows how to influence performance through inspiring, results-based leadership. Karen’s Successful People programs motivate members of teams to take ownership for their own success and influence the quality of their lives.
Karen is the author of two books. The Corporate Dojo: driving extraordinary results through spirited people and The People Manager’s Toolkit: a practical guide to getting the best from people. At the heart of both is this message: great results happen when talented people invest energy and behave successfully.
Karen believes nurturing the human spirit to optimise business performance is not only commercially smart but also the right thing to do. Karen calls on every leader to realise the opportunity they have to achieve the best possible outcomes for their organisation and while doing so positively impact the health and happiness of people.