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.

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

About the Owner

Education Summary

  • B.S. Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • M.Ed., Adult Learning/Human Resources Development, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC), International Coach Federation
  • Certified in Conflict Dynamics Profile, Entrepreneurial Mindset, 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 Ministries, Job Club Leader, LoveWorks Mentor at Virginia Randolph
  • Guest panel member and Educator, Virginia State University, Randolph-Macon College, Central Virginia African American Chamber of Commerce

Great Workplaces Certifications