About Us

Great Leaders,
Great Workplaces

We don’t just offer training as a solution to all organizational problems, we’ve never worked that way. HR strategy and planning are important elements to us, and we know they matter to our client’s success. The team consists of several highly experienced and trained partners in leadership development, executive and career coaching, process improvement and compensation strategy and analysis.

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Karen Gulliford, M.Ed, PCC
Owner and Lead Consultant and Coach
Great Workplaces

Our Thinking

Our unique approach and ability to think outside of the box differentiate us from our competitors. We continually distinguish ourselves from the rest of the pack in these ways:

We can help with HR implementation.

We are a facilitator
of filling gaps.

We give recommendations and the resources to implement them.

Coaching that is easy
and private for you.

Our Approach


We will work collaboratively to come up with a plan of action.


We will never give up on you.


We will always be honest and tell you what we think.


Our approach will focus on what’s wanted, the present and the future, growing self-awareness and personal responsibility.

Lasting Change

Our work will be meaningful and make a difference in your workplace three years from now.

Education Summary

  • B.S. Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • M.Ed., Adult Learning/Human Resources Development, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC), International Coach Federation
  • Certified in Conflict Dynamics Profile, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, and Emotional Intelligence (EQ 2.0)

Related Experience

  • Virginia State University, Interim Human Resources Director
  • The Community Foundation, Coach and Instructor for Emerging Leaders Program
  • Titan Gallagher, HR Consultant
  • University of Richmond, Career Coach
  • Lee Hecht Harrison, Career Coach at Capital One
  • Right Management, Career Transition Coach
  • Wolters Kluwer Health, HR Leader


  • YMCA of Ashland, Healthy Living Committee
  • International Coach Federation of Virginia, Board 2014-2016
  • Faith Landmarks Ministry, Job Club Leader, LoveWorks Mentor at Virginia Randolph

Recent Clients