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Karol M. Wasylyshyn’s business career has evolved through the disciplines of journalism, psychology and management consulting. These merged disciplines provide the theoretical and experiential foundation of LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT FORUM. This practice specializes in customized leadership development services for senior executives and high potential leaders. A recognized pioneer of executive coaching, Dr. Wasylyshyn has distinguished her work on three fronts: (1) executive coaching of CEOs, and other corporate executives, (2) the design and implementation of CEO succession processes and high potential development programs, and (3) advancing the application of emotional intelligence in business.


Dr. Wasylyshyn, a licensed psychologist, began her career as a journalist in the publishing industry. She combines this business experience with her clinical training to create practical applications of psychology in business. Typically, her work involves long-term collaborations with senior executives and human resources professionals on issues of leadership effectiveness.


A frequent speaker on the subject of executive behavior, Dr. Wasylyshyn has coached hundreds of executives representing every global sector. She was honored by Hahnemann University as "Alumna of the Year" for her application of psychology in business, and received similar recognition from the Institute of Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University.


Dr. Wasylyshyn's clients include or have included Bristol Myers Squibb, Colgate Palmolive, Dupont, FMC, GE Aerospace, GlaxoSmithKline, Henkels & McCoy, Johnson and Higgins (now MARSH), Johnson & Johnson, Norfolk Southern Corporation, PECO, Pfizer Int’l, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Revlon, Rohm and Haas Company (now DOW), Sunbeam, U.S. Steel, and The Vanguard Group.


Her board activities have included The Painted Bride Arts Center, The Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Womens Way, The Opera Company of Philadelphia, Leadership, Philadelphia, The Farmers Market Trust and the SE Pennsylvania Chapter Board of the American Red Cross. She served as Vice Chair of the Widener University Board of Trustees, and she is a former Board President of The Forum of Executive Women.


Dr. Wasylyshyn’s current academic appointment is Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology, Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University. She is also a past member of the coaching faculty in The Wharton School’s Advanced Management Program. Her publications focus on best practices and methodological considerations in developing high potential talent, as well as on executive behavior as a critical dimension of leadership effectiveness. Two books focused on three leadership behavior patterns identified through her research: Standing on Marbles and Behind the Executive Door: Unexpected Lessons for Managing Your Boss and Career. Her most recent book, DESTINED TO LEAD, is a collection of executive coaching case studies – a first in the coaching literature.



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