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Karena Strella

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Karena Strella led the design of Egon Zehnder’s model for assessing leadership potential and has deep expertise in talent management and CEO succession. Based in San Francisco, she advises clients on product innovation, customer service, and operations. She is active in Egon Zehnder’s Executive Assessment and Development Practice.

Everyone has potential; it’s all about potential for what. I help spark curiosity and create community and this allows my clients to leverage their strengths in pursuit of personal and professional fulfillment.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Karena developed and managed corporate venturing activities for the Permanente Company. Previously, she was a consultant with BDC Advisors and led marketing and product development endeavors at Johnson & Johnson.

Karena has a BA in psychology from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She is passionate about women’s education and serves on the board of trustees for Mount Holyoke College, the oldest women’s college in the world. She also enjoys swimming, surfing, and fishing.

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Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership by Karena Strella

It’s lonely at the top

It’s lonely at the top

Organizational challenges for female executives. Read more

Interview with Gerard Kleisterlee, Philips

Interview with Gerard Kleisterlee, Philips

“A crisis can rally people. It can awaken their fighting spirit and draw them closer together.” Read more

Potential: The Raw Material of the Future

Potential: The Raw Material of the Future

When assessing talent, the essential thing is to look at an executive’s potential to grow, both professionally and personally. Read more

Business Volatility Requires Greater Investment in High-Potential Executives

Business Volatility Requires Greater Investment in High-Potential Executives

Despite companies investing more aggressively in executive recruiting, assessment and development, those investments are having less of an impact for executives in fast-changing market… Read more

Potential: a New, Future-Focused Approach to Selecting Leaders

Potential: a New, Future-Focused Approach to Selecting Leaders

In today’s volatile world shaped by uncertainty, finding leaders who can rise to tomorrow’s challenges is essential to a company’s survival. Read more

Interview with management thought leader Jim Collins

Interview with management thought leader Jim Collins

“If there is anything that will destroy resilience, then it is hope dashed and dashed again.” Read more

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