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Karen Vernal

Karen Vernal is executive vice president and chief dreamer for Vernal, LLC (, a Milwaukee based leadership and human resource firm, dedicated to “igniting the spirit and skills of leaders.” As an executive coach/consultant, she was recognized by the Green Bay Packers for her guidance in their organizational planning process. She was also the recipient of the 2011 Marquette University Leadership Excellence Award.

🔒 Beware of the invisible agreement

In 2009, I wrote an article for BizTimes Milwaukee about “invisible agreements.” Thirteen years later, I have decided to expand on this conversation and...

🔒 Navigating the waters of pandemic transition 

In early May 2020, I wrote an article with a similar title, “Navigating the Waters of Pandemic Grief.” We were a few months into...

🔒 Viewpoints: Navigating the waters of pandemic grief

The global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has resulted in collective grief. The loss of food, housing, jobs, school, business, sports, concerts, transportation, and for some the death of a family member or friend.

🔒 A ‘Beautiful Day’

The movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” recently played in theaters across the country. The movie calls up childhood memories for many of...

The ingredients of leadership

“Food nourishes the body. Leadership, if served well, nourishes the spirit, inspires innovation, and influences outcomes.” With these words, I opened a conference for...

Find your fearless

Leaders need courage to have difficult conversations.

Reflection, connection, action

We need to open our eyes to address racism in our society.

Rise to the occasion

We cannot be lulled into believing that what we are experiencing is an acceptable new normal.

Change is good…you go first

“It is a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you are trying to lead – and find no one there.” - Franklin...

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