Karen Radtke brings over 20 years of experience in designing and implementing programs for leaders to achieve organization goals. Her work has included extensive experience with a wide variety of national and global organizations in the areas of top-team strategy planning, merger & acquisition integrations, organizational design and large-scale change, corporate culture initiatives, and executive coaching and development.
Karen has a unique mix of working inside as an HR functional leader, working for a global consultancy and being an entrepreneur. Most recently in her role at Equity Residential she was a VP and department head of Organization & Talent Development responsible for the staff and function’s deliverables including designing and delivering succession & leadership strategies.
In 2005 Karen launched Beacon Street Coaching—with the purpose of offering leadership & team coaching and organizational culture & change consulting to senior leaders committed to transforming themselves, their teams and organizations to achieve their goals and keep focused on realizing their purpose.
Prior to starting Beacon Street Coaching Karen was responsible for launching and leading the executive coaching practice of Right Management for organizations based in Illinois and Wisconsin. She was a vice president of this global human capital firm for six and a half years and Right continues to be client of Beacon Street Coaching today.
In her career Karen has coached and consulted with numerous organizations nationally and internationally including: AbbVie, Abbott, AC Nielsen, Advocate, Affinity Healthcare, Art Institute of Chicago, BP, Bodhi Spiritual Center, Discover Financial Services, Equity Residential, Experimental Aircraft Association, Federal Reserve Bank, Fimat, Genentech, Hazelden, HSBC, JohnsonDiversey, Kraft, LeadPages, LivCor, Loyola University, Manpower, Mastery Charter School Network, Medela, McGladrey, Nemera, North Shore School District 112, Northwestern Energy, Océ, Rexam, Sauer-Danfoss, Spectra Marketing, Square D/Schneider Electric, SSM Healthcare, Taproot Foundation, Takeda Pharmaceutical, Toyota, University of Chicago Medicine and Wingate.
Experience Coaching Senior Leaders
Karen has coached many individual executives and senior teams through times of personal and organizational transition. In her role as coach to leaders and managers, Karen has assisted key leaders in clarifying their vision and values for themselves and their organization, and translating the vision to actionable behaviors and performance improvement for the leader and their teams. Karen’s experience with individual coaching assignments has included the following leaders:
CEO of a professional services firm through a year-long cultural integration
CEO of a hospital while in the process of closing a hospital and building a new team
President of a medical device company requiring a more accountable organization
President, Managing Director of IT, global financial services firm (ex-patriot from France)
CSO & Founder of a fast-growing tech startup
SVP & Chief Technology Officer, residential real estate company
Experience Coaching Leadership Teams
Executive Team of a fast-growing new category asset management startup
Senior Leadership Teams of two healthcare systems
The Regional Senior Leadership Team of a professional services firm during the formation and integration of the firm’s largest acquisition
Three new cross functional asset pipeline teams for a newly formed biopharmaceutical company