Karen Dean leads a movement of women who are redefining resilience. She leads by example, having found success repeatedly as a serial entrepreneur and now as founder of the Define the Next Chapter coaching program.
Recognized by the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Nominee in 2014, Karen has been a mentor to women in business throughout her career and was mentored herself by Arlene Dickinson of Venture Communications, youinc.com and CBC TV’s Dragon’s Den. Karen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a certificate in Small Business Development Training.
Karen also shows her dedication to her community through extensive volunteering, including roles as a founding member of several community and business development organizations. She was one of only two women to ever be elected to the Board of Directors of Farmers Co-operative Dairy Limited, and she has also served as a board member of the Early Intervention Association of Nova Scotia and the National Holstein Convention in 2011.
Karen is the proud mother to three amazing humans who she points to as not only a source of joy but as her greatest accomplishments. Karen is a survivor of domestic abuse by more than one abuser, and has faced challenges from toxic family relationships, helping her children through illness to protecting them from abuse. Her advice for other women springs from a mountain of life experience, and she’s passionate about her new mission to help other women find their resilience and live their best life, a purpose she lives in her own life every day.