Karen Hough Will Be Keynote Speaker At Community Education Breakfast

Karen Hough To Speak At Lawrence Schools Foundation Community Education Breakfast September 16
Sponsorship Opportunities Are Available


Karen Hough, a Lawrence High School graduate, bestselling author, and founder and CEO of ImprovEdge, is the keynote speaker for the Lawrence Schools Foundation Community Education Friday, September 16 from 7:30-9 a.m.

The 15th annual breakfast will take place at the Lawrence DoubleTree by Hilton (formerly Holidome). The celebration provides an opportunity for local businesses and community leaders to demonstrate their support for public education. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available online at www.LawrenceSchoolsFoundation.org or by calling the Foundation at 785-330-1941 by September 8.

After graduating from LHS in 1985, Hough earned degrees at Yale and La Sorbonne in Paris, trained and performed with Chicago’s legendary Second City, became a successful IT executive and finally an entrepreneur. Her company, ImprovEdge, provides corporate training using improvisation as the learning catalyst.

The company features more than 40 Fortune 500 clients, including ESPN, JPMorgan, Coach, NBCUniversal, AstraZeneca and Coach. Hough is the recipient of the silver International Stevie Award for Most Innovative Business of the Year 2012 and the Athena PowerLink Award for outstanding woman-owned business.

“The Lawrence Schools Foundation has been an amazing sponsor for the local school system and it is my privilege to help support that ongoing work,” Hough said. “I am a proud graduate from K-12 of the Lawrence Public School system and appreciate the solid footing that experience gave me. It is an honor to be recognized and I can’t wait to see my Lawrence friends and family at the event.”

Hough has written two books – The Improvisation Edge: Secrets to Building Trust and Radical Collaboration at Work in 2011 and Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever: Break the Rules, Make Mistakes, and Win Them Over.

In addition to Hough’s keynote speech, the breakfast includes an address from new schools superintendent Kyle Hayden, recognition of student champions and a performance by a group of pre-K students.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Karen as our guest speaker this year,” said Dena Johnston, Executive Director of the Lawrence Schools Foundation. “Her work and commitment to leadership and using improvisation as an engaging learning tool will certainly serve as an impactful resource for the community, students and educators.”

Previous speakers, all graduates of the Lawrence Public Schools, have included Srinija Srinivasan, editor of Yahoo, Brian McClendon, inventor of Google Earth, Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford Motors and Clint Bowen, assistant football coach at the University of Kansas among others.

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