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[gallery columns="4" ids="3752,3740,3735,3751"] Most six year olds spend their time going to school and playing. When I was six, I was organizing a club of first graders who loved The Jackson 5, even though I didn't particularly like The Jackson 5. The kids in my class had...

Two new clients have started leadership journeys with me this week. These two strong and powerful humans from different parts of the globe have spoken the same words to me: I am afraid.   By definition, fear is a feeling or emotion in response to a perceived danger or...

Welcome to the new and improved karenpery.com! I'm Karen and I'm the guide here. Since much of this site has been remodeled and rebuilt, let's take a tour and I'll show you around. Home!  Leadership is ...

Let me tell you a story about Emma and a 9 foot inflatable unicorn. Emma was the first participant to say yes and sign up for the 2016 Into the Fire Surf Retreat. Gary and I got to know Emma in the months leading up to Into...

Last week, I helped produce the most lovely, loving and powerful TEDx event supporting it's most brilliant and beautiful builders Dana Childers and Kristan Sargeant, co-founders of The Guilde. Many people came to me during the event to offer thanks for what we had created. It...

I woke up pissed off. Mad at the world. Frustrated with all the things I wanted that haven’t gone my way. Anger is not my go to. I have a very long fuse, but enough is enough, and even worse, I had a call at 9am with...

This week, my Into the Fire partner Gary Mahler and I spoke with incredibly accomplished women who want to join our upcoming surf retreat weekend. As we spoke with each, we learned about her courage and bravery, her fears and failures, and what it takes to break through...

 We sat across the table from each other at a Cuban restaurant. Over fried plantains and black beans, I told Rafe every moment of my leadership experience learning with horses.  People need this, I told him. When I collaborated to create a day of equine experiential...

"Some people build fences to keep people out and other people build fences to keep people in." (August Wilson, Fences.) The fences at our ranch are intended to keep a herd of horses together -- and apart where it's necessary. The fences also keep the cow,...

Me, Rafe, Fleur and Nickels at a tree near our country home. Photo by Seth Murray of Elementz Photography. Hire him, he's amazing! Two years ago, I had my first performance review with a horse. Leaders don't always receive useful feedback. Critical feedback, well executed, can make...