Karen Higgins

Karen Higgins, PhD

Performance Catalyst

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My passion is people.  I believe that effective and satisfied team members create successful and vibrant organizations.  I also have great zeal for finding solutions that are practical, integrative and consider the bigger picture.


I encourage clients to listen with heart and ‘soft eyes’, so as to enrich comprehension, constructively integrate diverse perspectives, and demonstrate respect for others.  From a former CGU student:  “I wanted to thank you for the great class you taught on project management.  The whole experience made a huge impact on my work in my start-up business. Thank you again for your diligent teachings and for your individualized attention to your students; they have taken me to great places.”


In my 32 years as engineer, project manager and executive in the defense industry, I led teams and organizations as we successfully delivered high tech products.  In the process, I mentored individuals and groups to reach their potential.


For the past eight years, I have been a university professor who teaches international students at executive and post-graduate levels.  In addition to teaching, writing consumes my energy, and I recently published a book on the 2008 financial crisis called Financial Whirlpools.  I have a B.S. in Mathematics, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering, an MBA and a PhD in Executive Management.


I practice yoga and enjoy going on ‘grand adventures’ with my husband and our seven grandchildren – a few at a time.