Dr Karen Whittingham, PhD, M.Management
Organisational Psychologist: Executive Coach, Trainer, Speaker, MC
Hi, I'm Dr Karen Whittingham. I spend my time helping Executives and Managers get the life they want, build the people around them and get the projects that will help them live fulfilled lives.
I confess to being a little bit of a geek. I have an interest in developing apps for neurodiverse individuals, especially synesthetes, having astronomy and photography as a hobby and outback travel as a passion. I am a Matildas and Southern Stars fan too.
Hello, I am Dr Karen Whittingham, Organisational Psychologist, Executive Coach and Speaker.
Hi, I'm Dr Karen Whittingham. I spend my time helping Executives and Managers get the life they want, build the people around them and the get the projects that will help them live fulfilled lives.
Location: Sydney, Australia
I'm Good At...
Coaching and Assessment
I have coached over 500 executives across all major Australian industries and job specialisations. I also teach managers and student psychologists how to coach executives and managers as well as supervise emerging Psychologists.
I have assessed over 500 managers for development and recruitment. I am accredited in many cognitive and personality assessments (such as Hogan's and MSCEIT and MBTI). I am an accredited GENOS EI practitioner.
Training and Development
I have been training managers for over 20 years across a range of development areas including, performance management, teamwork, conflict resolution, innovation and personal development.
Currently I train over 300 managers and executives Australia Wide annually in both the private and public sectors for Liquid Learning. I teach undergraduate and post graduate courses on Organisational Psychology at UNSW.
Speaking and Conference Lead
I have spoken at over 30 leadership conferences on unconscious bias, resilience, innovation and productivity.
I have also spoken at MONA and at the MCA during Vivid on the topic of Perception and Synesthesia.
I have been the M.C. for many leadership conferences for Liquid Learning across Australia, specialising in Womens leadership.
I have also been the MC for many STEM and Vocational Education conferences
Facilitation and Performance
I work with teams to build great business plans, new products and harness their creativity. HR practitioners call me in to work with underperforming teams to reset their values, align their behaviours and develop achievable business plans.
I help Executives develop team management strategies to drive high performance and exceed expectations.
I specialise in assisting managers develop and communicate stretch KPI's
MY skill Areas
Personality and Assessment
Positive Strengths Psychology
Research and Analysis
Decisions, Bias and Creativity
Figures and Finance
Technology and Disruption
Sales and Marketing
Strategy and Systems
Innovation and Start-ups
2006 - 2010
School pf Psychology, University of Sydney / Sydney
I obtained my PhD from the University of Sydney, where I studied Visual Neuroscience in Professor Colin Clifford's Color, Form and Motion lab. In 2011, I also undertook a postdoc with Dr Damian Birney at the Accelerated Learning Lab in AGSM, UNSW, coaching executives and researching leadership, management, innovation and creativity.
Masters in Management
Macquarie Graduate School of Management / Macquarie University/ Sydney
A shorter degree within the MBA program at Macquarie University. I placed 1st in 2 subjects, with a 97% in Law.
University of New England / Armidale
Macquarie University/ Sydney
My undergrad studies were in the School of Psychology at Macquarie University and my first Masters in the School of Psychology at the University of New England.
Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
Member APS College of Organisational Psychologists (COP)
let's get in touch
I can usually respond within 24 hours. Often I am in a full training day with a client so please feel free to text me for an immediate response.
0412 342 098