Founder and CEO, ImprovEdge
Karen Hough is the founder and CEO of ImprovEdge, a corporate training and consulting company that brings the skills of improvisation—ability to think on your feet, arrive at solutions through the side door, and communicate in ways that bring people together—to the challenges of business. Her firm is a recent winner of a Silver Stevie Award for Most Innovative Company and the Athena PowerLink Award for outstanding woman-owned business. Hough started out her career as a professional improviser and actor who trained with Chicago’s legendary Second City and was featured in more than 100 radio, TV, and film productions. She then had a stint as a successful executive in network engineering before becoming an entrepreneur. She is the author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever: Break the Rules, Make Mistakes and Win Them Over, as well as The Improvisation Edge: Secrets to Building Trust and Radical Collaboration at Work.