Karen Eriksen is the founder and CEO of the Eriksen Institute for Ethics. The Institute promotes Conscious and Reflective Leadership ï¿½ an approach to reflecting and becoming intentional about developing character and grounding one's organization in ethics; building the personal and interpersonal capacities of one's employees or members; and pursuing optimal development. Dr. Eriksen earned doctorate in education from George Mason University and a masterï¿½s in psychology from California State University, Fullerton. She spent 15 years as a nationally known presenter, trainer, and counseling profession leader; 25 years training counselors privately and as a university professor, researcher, and author; and 18 years as a marriage and family therapist. Dr. Eriksen regularly inspires groups, organizations, universities, and businesses in their character and ethics aspirations, interpersonal relations and communication, conflict resolution, and development. She has authored eight books on related topics.