Karla Robertson


Executive Coach, Speaker and Retreat Facilitator

Karla is “The Executive’s NeuroCoach” and thought- provoking speaker for diverse audiences. Her reason for being a Coach?: “I believe in the audacious power of the human mind to create better outcomes. In order to create better outcomes, we need to make better decisions. In order to make better decisions, we need to become better thinkers. I help people become better thinkers by challenging the way they think and provoking new insights to creative action.”

During her 20+ year corporate career, Karla was the #1 producer nationally for 6 consecutive years at a leading national mortgage banking company. She also became a sales executive for a healthcare company where she was #1 in sales and served as an internal consultant to the executive team. She led the sales redesign effort that placed this company back in the top 3 of their industry. Since founding her own coaching business, Shifting Gears® Business Coaching & Consulting in 1999, Karla has focused on helping executives become more masterful in their thinking, behavior and decision-making.

Karla is a speaker at national conferences (rated a 4.93/5.00) as well as smaller associations where her audiences consistently report of the powerful impact she has in the moment and on the way they think going forward. She creates and facilitates in-depth retreats which are designed to revitalize, introspect, brainstorm and tackle current issues and opportunities.

Karla is a Professional Certified Coach through the ICF (International Coach Federation), holds a B.S. degree in psychology and marketing, is a Master MBTI®  Practitioner (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) and qualified to facilitate Lego® Serious Play™ workshops. Karla is an active volunteer for The Make-A-Wish® Foundation of NJ and a past board member of the New Jersey Professional Coaches Association.

“Thank you for the excellent program that you provided to us at the County Association Leadership program. The presentation was both informative and timely and the attendees were engaged by your thoughts.  All of the comments that I heard following the program were very positive.”   – Ray Wiss, President, New Jersey School Board Association

“Your presentation on leadership was breathtakingly relevant and useful.”Lois Larkey, Leadership New Jersey Fellow/Director of Development, NJISJ

“You were splendid! You were what I felt you might be from the 6-minute video [at your website] I had seen before the retreat.”  – Jeff Grundy, Leadership New Jersey Fellow

“ I have to say that it was such an amazing experience-it taught me so much about myself and my work styles, and since then I have been so much more effective at work and at home with my family.  Thank you so much!” – Christy Tighe, Leadership New Jersey Fellow/County Activities Coordinator, NJSBA

Keynote topics

  • “What’s Your Story?”: Powerful keynote or breakout: Focuses on the impact the stories we tell ourselves can make in determining the course of our lives, whether we endure tragedy, adversity, loss. Becoming aware of what stories are active in your life can help you assess whether they’re working for you or not and how you can disrupt thinking that is creating the stories that are sabotaging the achievement of your desired goals. Can include Q & A for breakout.
  •  “Where Eagles Dare: Using the Power of a Storm” – Keynote – This is an engaging, lift you up, blast open the door of empowerment and possibilities in any economy. Karla challenges the audience’s thinking to shift their stories that they tell themselves and make the best of what is by seeing what can be! Audience members will leave checking their recession mentality at the door!
  •  “Getting Your Message Heard”: Break out session – Do you suffer from the “Didn’t I just say that” syndrome? This presentation will teach the audience how to make their message hit and stick to the brain. Audiences will leave with the how to steps. Q&A included for breakout. Great for people who present to boards, executive superiors…or teenagers!

Based in Tri-State New Jersey


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