Karen Leland is head of Sterling Marketing Group, a brand and marketing strategy and implementation firm.
Karen works with CEOs, executives, and entrepreneurs on building stronger personal, business, and team brands. Over the past 25 years, Karen has worked throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America with such clients as Apple, AT&T, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Sprint.
A highly sought-after keynote speaker, Karen has spoken for the YPO, American Management Association, Peak Potentials, American Marketing Association, and others. Karen is also the best-selling author of nine books, which have sold over 450,000 copies and been translated into 10 other languages. Her latest book, The Brand Mapping Strategy, is now available.
Karen has written advertorial, catalog, marketing, and public relations materials for a variety of public and private companies, including Inc. Magazine, Lufthansa Airlines, Marriott Hotels, Oracle, American Express, Johnson & Johnson, and others. Karen's freelance articles have appeared in Women's Day, Self, Entrepreneur, Hemispheres, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others.
An expert in CEO and business branding, Karen is a go-to on-air expert for radio and television, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, Bloomberg, and Oprah. She previously worked as a freelance reporter for Comcast.
In addition to her work in the business world, Karen has a lifelong commitment to the arts. She is a working artist whose paintings and prints have been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, and the Sausalito Art Festival. Her passion for the arts includes theater as well. Karen has performed onstage throughout the Bay Area and LA and in industrial films and voice-overs.