Karen Noble, Principal
I love my job!
I get to do what I love every day – whether it’s helping an individual work through a challenging transition or an organization to find its purpose. As an Organizational Development Consultant based in New Jersey, I help both non-profit and corporate organizations develop positive leaders and manage change at all levels. I do this through executive coaching, consulting engagements, and facilitation of workshops and team engagements.
My approach is based on the principles of Positive Psychology, the research-based branch of psychology that focuses on what makes people thrive in their lives and how individuals, schools, and organizations can apply it in practical ways.
My BackgroundLike so many who grow up in the Detroit area I had the great opportunity to work in the automotive industry. My favorite projects were the organization development initiatives that helped businesses re-assess and improve the way they did things. I thrived on the positive energy around these strategic change initiatives! I have since had the opportunity to work with organizations in a variety of industries from financial to fashion!
Noble Concepts Inc.I am no stranger to change and the challenges it can bring. Within a short period of time I experienced significant changes in my life including moving home and job, deciding to go back to school, where I earned my master’s degree and then a Certificate in Positive Psychology. I then started Noble Concepts Inc. I have since been published, developed my own tools and models, and am affiliated with other reputable organizations. My experience includes consulting, executive, career and life coaching, and facilitation and spans both corporate and non-profit businesses across continents.
I have a lot of energy!I value continued professional growth through study, research, and writing as well as personal achievement through participation in open water endurance events and triathlons. I have been an active member of several Boards and currently support leadership teams in a variety of consulting capacities. I was instrumental in the transformation of two NGO boards that hit “re-set”, and I am active in the community. Some of my favorite non-profit organizations in NYC are Back on My Feet and Broadway Community Inc.
What People Are Saying
Karen is a “rock” and someone I would always value to have on my team or, better yet, lead my team!"
Shawn G. McBride
Foah International, LLC
Past Chairman of the Specialty Food
Association Board of Directors
Past Chairman of the Specialty Food
Foundation Board of Directors
“Karen distilled leadership theory into practical and personal application, working with me to assess a complicated environment and find a successful path forward. I'm still using lessons learned and very thankful for Karen's insights.”
Global Marketing Manager, Major International Law Firm
"I have noticed a marked difference in the way I work now. Karen helped me understand that I was ready to focus on leadership development, and really focused on talking about my strengths. My experience with Karen gave me the tools to become more purposeful in the work I am doing, and the confidence to view myself as a leader within my team.”
Avani Patel— Asia Liaison on Global Venture and Fellowship — Ashoka
"Karen is totally committed to her client's growth and brings both her diverse corporate experience and her positive psychology orientation to every engagement. She finds ways to connect with even skeptical or reluctant clients. I have had the good fortune to collaborate with Karen on several occasions, and I look forward to doing so in the future.”
Michael Frisch— Executive Coach and Coach Trainer; Consulting Psychologist — iCoach NY Faculty
"I have worked with Karen on different levels and have found her to be a valued colleague in brainstorming, planning, and coaching. She has been a vital member of our team!”
Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Smith — Transitional Director of Presbytery Ministries -Presbytery of Newark
"The time I spent working with Karen this year was one of the smartest and most fruitful commitments I´ve made. I would highly recommend Karen to anyone looking for guidance, focus, and lasting results.”
Maria Jose Cespedes— Executive Director — Ashoka in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
"You have been invaluable in helping me think through my personal relationships and make the changes I have needed to make for some time. You met we where I was and helped me find the courage to take each step along the way. I don’t think I would be where I am today without your coaching and help. Thank you!”
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