My name is Karen Openshaw. I am a wife to Bill and a mum to two amazing daughters, Meganne & Katie and now I am also a business woman.
I am a qualified counsellor and have post-graduate qualifications in mentoring and in chaplaincy. I have also undertaken many courses for continuing professional and personal development; particularly in leadership. I am an alumni member of a Leadership Development programme which continue to meet bi-monthly for workshops and action learning sets.
I am a trustee for the Sophia Network an organisation which champions the full equality of women and men in (Christian) leadership.
I have spent the past twenty years working across the third sector (faith, voluntary, charity). Developing projects, courses, training, fundraising, organising and hosting events and networks as well as creating listening services and chaplaincies/ethical communities. My particular passions are charities and organisations which improve the lives of young people, women & girls and marginalised groups. If you know of a charity which is struggling and needs support or development get in touch I can help.
Although I describe myself as a third sector specialist my skills are transferable to a commercial market.
If your business needs an ethos audit or your staff need training in listening skills or perhaps you need a vision and values day I can help! Perhaps you are a CEO who needs mentoring? Perhaps you are a business that is aware of needing to fulfil your corporate social responsibility? I can help!
Inspirational Wonder woman
My nickname, first applied to me by a colleague I worked with in 2008, is Wonder Woman. It seems to have stuck! Lots of people have said it since. I do actually spend time in prayer and reflection, which generally people don’t see. What people do see is that I get things done quickly and effectively! I was delighted to be interviewed by ‘Yours’Magazine for their feature which they call ‘inspirational wonder women. https://issuu.com/yoursmagazine/docs/yours_issue_234_thumbnails/2
I find the idea that I might inspire other women to believe in themselves and to make a difference to others very rewarding.