Spotlight: Karen Nash, Ingram Content Group

1 - Where are you from, and how did you choose to live in Middle Tennessee?

I’m an Army brat and have lived in several cities across the United States, from Washington, DC to Baton Rouge, LA to Hackensack, NJ. I moved from New Jersey to Nashville about 25 years ago to be close to my family.

2 - What is your professional background, and why did you become a coach?

My professional background crosses many different areas that all support me in my work as a coach. Early in my career, I worked in pharmaceutical sales, sales administration and sales training.This allowed me to see a field from multiple perspectives.The next phase of my career, I completed my Masters of Organization Development (MSOD) and worked in consulting for a local firm and then in my own company. I added graphic recording to my skill set, enabling clients to gain insight about themselves by seeing words, images and patterns that I’d write and draw on large charts during meetings.I also completed coach training with Coach Academy International and became active in ICF and ICFTN. What I find most satisfying about coaching is being able to see individuals and groups increase their awareness, grow personally and professionally, and achieve goals that were deeply meaningful. In this phase of my career, I get to do what I enjoy most, coaching and consulting, at Ingram Content Group and my company, Graphic Transformations.

3 - How did you choose your specialty area?

At Ingram, I coach individuals and groups who are high potential associates. Often it is during times of transition. I also work with private clients from the MSOD program at American University and through referrals to Graphic Transformations.

4 - What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career?

I love seeing a client have a new awareness, either gradually or with a sudden bolt of insight. When someone releases a belief that has been keeping them from progressing. When someone’s perception shifts from seeing a situation as a failure to recognizing their own growth. From feeling powerless to seeing their strength. A challenge I face is being patient with my own growth. Another is balancing things I value that sometimes conflict, work and family, for instance.The great thing about recognizing this is that doing my own development work (even when it’s hard or I’m resistant) gives me greater empathy and understanding for my clients.

5 - What is something that most ICFTN members would be surprised to learn about you?

I’ve done graphic recording in some very interesting places including under magnificent sequoias in northern California, in a soundstage in Nashville with charts posted twelve feet high and thirty feet wide, and in a meeting room overlooking the ocean in Senegal in west Africa.

6 - How do you enjoy spending your free time?

Kayaking.Traveling. Riding my razor (not electric) scooter to keep up with my super-speedy four-year-old son on his Spiderman bike!

Karen Nash