Karen Rylander-Davis

Karen Rylander-Davis is an accomplished senior human resource executive with over 35 years of international experience. She specializes in transforming organizations, developing talent, and supporting culture change to achieve business strategies.

Karen’s approach to clients is customized to each situation, culture and team dynamic. She motivates, facilitates, and challenges people to rethink what is possible for themselves and the organization. Recognizing the organization is a system, she considers potential impacts and contingencies in her work to ensure that recommendations and deliverables are practical, actionable and value-adding.

Prior to becoming a consultant with EDA, Karen held human resource positions of increasing responsibility with Knight Ridder, General Electric Medical Systems, Ryder System, Inc. and Goodyear Aerospace Corporation. Most recently, as Corporate Vice President, Training and Career Management for Nexans, a worldwide leader in cables and cabling systems  headquartered in Paris, she engaged senior leadership worldwide in creating and implementing Nexans’ Management Competency Model, followed by development and delivery of an expanding leadership development curriculum.

Leadership and governance responsibilities have included:

  • Establishment of Nexans University, including requirements for development of functional curricula, faculty preparation and certification, quality standards for content, and methods for monitoring
  • Strategic realignment of training department offerings with professional departments and business needs at Goodyear Aerospace Corporation
  • Management of faculty selection, curriculum design and program delivery for Kent State University’s College of Special Programs professional development workshops, including those with specific professional designations

Karen’s experience in management development includes project leadership for design, development and delivery of programs for key populations:

  • A comprehensive curriculum for middle managers required integration of design by multiple internal subject matter experts and preparation for delivery by internally trained facilitators
  • A global program for high potential senior managers involved building the design around corporate values and competencies, incorporating appropriate action learning, and ensuring strong partnership between internal and external resources
  • A course for Plant Managers required integration of design by multiple internal subject matter experts and preparation for delivery by internally trained facilitators
  • A short-course targeted transversal leaders whose virtual teams did not report directly to them and were located around the world

Other instructional design and delivery projects include:

  • Comprehensive instructional design curriculum, including creation of a variety of training modules, materials, and videos to support speed-to-market process transformation in a multinational family-owned food products company
  • Redesign of a senior leadership development program for a chemical manufacturing company
  • Diversity awareness training for all employees of a regional newspaper
  • Local customer team development curriculum for sales and service staffs of a global medical imaging equipment manufacturer

Executive coaching and development assignments have included:

  • Strategic partnership and coaching for leaders who were  engaged in transformation, such as significant business restructuring; development of their executive team; building an effective relationship with corporate executives
  • Executive coaching for leaders who, as a result of changes in their organization, were adapting to new positions, responsibilities, locations and cultures
  • Individual and team coaching, interpretation of psychometric assessments and use of results to build development plans , customized design and facilitation of development workshops
  • Career coaching in preparation for transitions to new roles
  • Coaching to strengthen competencies to prepare for broader assignments, including assertiveness, dealing with team conflict, and enhanced cultural understanding
  • Performance improvement coaching

Karen has worked effectively in multiple regions and cultures, including North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She has lived and worked in the US, Canada, and France and is fluent in English and French. She holds dual US and Canadian citizenship.

Karen holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Counselor Education, a M.Ed. in Counseling in Higher Education from Kent State University, and a B.A. in French, with Honors, from the College of Wooster.

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