Karen Elizaga, a top executive coach, works to inspire, motivate and empower individuals and executives for optimal performance and success in their business and personal life. Karen started her career as a corporate lawyer, working for a top New York “white shoe” firm. At 28, Karen realized how unhappy she was as a lawyer and knew she had to make a change. After years of long hours and little self-satisfaction, she decided to switch gears.

Listening to her instincts, Karen changed her life, and founded a business she was truly passionate about, Forward Options, and it took off like a rocket. Through Forward Options, Karen helps others discover, define and achieve their optimal visions of success into a vocation they love. Some of Karen’s high-profile clients are executives at Fortune 500 firms such as IAC, Liberty Media, American Express, Kaiser Permanente and the nation’s leading law firms, investment banks, as well as the highly mysterious Delta Force and other military branches.

On January 1st, 2014, Karen released her first book on the subject titled, Find Your Sweet Spot, an insightful and supremely helpful guide for achieving success in one’s work and personal life. Karen continues to speak on a wide variety of self-assessment topics including navigating the corporate suite, re-entering the job force after raising kids, college grad advice, how to switch careers, and how to juggle family, work and still have time to live life to the fullest.

Raised in Hawaii, Karen has lived all over the map including Paris, Washington D.C and London. She enjoys travel, fitness, fashion, and philanthropy (she is the Chair of the Board for the New York Asian Women's Center, an organization dedicated to helping survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, as well as works with inner city New York high school students, and guides them to career and emotional success). Currently, she resides in Manhattan and Westport, CT with her husband and two children.