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Karol M. Wasylyshyn’s business career has evolved through the disciplines of journalism, psychology and executive development. 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 senior executives, (2) 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 development, 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. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her community service.

Dr. Wasylyshyn's clients include or have included Bristol Myers Squibb, Chemours, Colgate Palmolive, Conner Strong & Buckelew, Dupont, FMC, GlaxoSmithKline, Henkels & McCoy, Johnson and Higgins (now MARSH), Johnson & Johnson, JLL, The Mastercard Foundation, Norfolk Southern Corporation, Pfizer Int’l, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Revlon, Rohm and Haas Company (now DOW), 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 has been a member of the coaching faculty in The Wharton School’s Advanced Management Program and is an honorary member of the Wharton Coaches Forum. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and of APA Division 13 (Consulting Psychology). 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 leadership behavior patterns identified through her work: 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 each case accompanied by the executive’s reflection on the experience. Recent publications in peer-reviewed journals detail her concept of the trusted leadership advisor (TLA) in long-term engagements with senior business leaders.