Karen A. Geiger
Karen Geiger is a Leadership Professor at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. She holds a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University, an M.S. in Education from Indiana University, and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Rochester. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Rochester and an M.S. in Education from Indiana University. She is the former Associate Dean of the McColl School, a position she assumed in August 2002. In that position, she was responsible for developing and implementing leadership development in all McColl School programs and supporting the Dean in all strategic activities. She joined the Executive MBA faculty in 1994, where she created the school's first MBA-level Leadership Development course and still teaches organizational behavior, human resource management and leadership. She is also President of Karen Geiger & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in leadership and organizational development.
Before starting her own business, Karen was a Senior Vice President at NationsBank (now Bank of America) Corporation, where she held positions as Director of Corporate Training and Development, Director of Career Planning and Director of Work/Family Programs. In her role as Director of Corporate Training and Development, she was responsible for the direction of all corporate-wide management development and training activities including designing and conducting leadership development programs for executives, providing follow-up coaching for those executives, developing NationsBank's first succession planning process, and designing a leadership development process that met the needs of then-NCNB's acquisition activity. She also designed and conducted other development activities such as team building, conflict management, executive inventories, supervisory skills, and career development for all levels of employees.
As a private consultant, Karen has continued to design and conduct leadership experiences, develop core competencies and related development planning, design and conduct team building activities, lead strategic planning efforts and offer one-on-one coaching and 360-degree feedback for managers and executives. Her client companies include those in financial services, medicine, manufacturing, not-for-profit organizations, city-county government, law and marketing.