Karen Šulek is a Senior Director and Faculty member with the Advisory Board Company’s Talent Development division. This North Carolina native teaches workshops and presents research at leading hospitals and health care organizations in the United States, the UK, and Europe and provides guidance to executive teams on best practice implementation, curriculum planning, accountability for learning application, and leadership culture. Karen works with a diverse range of audiences, including physicians, nurses, and administrators.
Karen has an extensive background of teaching, facilitation and best practice research at the Advisory Board Company, having spent almost fifteen years working with hospitals and health systems in the US, the UK, Europe and Australia. Her areas of expertise include advising senior leaders on how to improve and elevate the patient experience, and best-practices for streamlining clinical operations and driving increased levels of clinician engagement in performance improvement efforts.
Prior to joining the Advisory Board Company in 2004, Karen spent 14 years in the computer and telecommunications industries and was responsible for training Sprint International’s global Sales, Marketing and Product teams, and for setting up Apple Computer’s business operations in the former Soviet Republics.
Karen received her Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, in International Affairs from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, DC with specializations in European and African studies. She was the sole recipient of the prestigious Circumnavigator’s Club Research Grant to circumnavigate the globe and study the environment and sustainable development. She received her Masters of Business Administration with a specialization in leadership and organizational change from Walden University.
Along with her husband and two teenage children, Karen currently makes her home near Vienna, Austria where she enjoys cooking, hiking, running, skiing, and languages.