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Karen Elizaga
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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.

Entries by Karen Elizaga

Rice Is Cooked: What Now?

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 1:19 PM

If you're anything like me, you have been watching (through tears) the coverage of Ray Rice and Janay Palmer. If you're anything like me, you are racking your brain and your resources for what you can possibly to do to help affect change for women as they face violence in...

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One Simple and Critical Key to Better, More Successful Days

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 11:40 AM

Often, when I start an engagement with a new client, they are surprised at my focus on "happy."

Yes, happy. That state of pleasure, contentment or even joy, often driven by that attitude of gratitude.

I hear the cynics. And I see it in my clients: "Happy? Really? I'm just...

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The Dirty Dozen: 12 Ways Women Sabotage Themselves at Work

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 7:17 PM

Recently, I helped L'Oreal Paris USA kick off their 2014 Headliners Series. Addressing both women and men at L'Oreal's New Jersey offices, I spoke about how attitudes directly influence our ability to succeed and achieve excellence. And later at their New York flagship, I shared a panel with Marie Corcoran,...

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Are You Your Own Toughest Critic? You're Not Alone

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 3:23 PM

I have been overwhelmed by the responses that I received on my last blog post. So many people identified with the same struggles around negativity and general unkindness I had subjected myself to for many years. I'm not surprised at how many people felt compelled to share that...

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You Think Happiness and Confidence Come Only to a Select Few? Think Again!

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 11:06 AM

People are curious about what I do. "What's an executive coach?" they want to know, often giving me quizzical looks. A coach, whether executive, life, career, or any other stream, helps his/her clients to effect change, to see life and/or work through a different, more productive, lens and, really, to...

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