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Karla Schlaepfer M.A.

Advance your company’s leadership capabilities with Karla’s engagement, experience and expertise.

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  • 25 years of Facilitation Practice
  • 12 years of Coaching Experience
  • 10 years as Female Founder + Business Manager

Ex-pat Karla Schlaepfer has a unique skill set that empowers personal and leadership development, team building, and organizational agile change processes.

What I appreciate most about Karla is her ability to challenge me in a way that feels both supportive and constructive. She has encouraged me to try new approaches, while also providing me with practical tools and strategies to help me achieve my goals.

I highly recommend Karla to anyone seeking an executive coach who is knowledgeable, compassionate, and committed. She has been an invaluable partner in my professional journey.

— Senior HR Professional

Fun fact: In the first half of 2023, five of Karla’s 20+ coaching clients extended their coaching programs. Read more referrals here.

  • Coaching, Training in English or German
  • Global, DAX, and Individual Clients

My coaching philosophy in 70 seconds

My coaching philosophy in 70 seconds. Here in German

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Why Work With Karla

  • Solution-focused approach
  • Natural ability to create rapport quickly
  • Exceptional bilingual communication skills
  • High comfort level with digital technology and VR


Curated choice of companies, universities, and organizations I’ve happily worked with.

  • Aareal
  • AWB
  • AOK Systems
  • Bayer
  • Deutschlandfunk
  • DM
  • Ford
  • Hochschule Niederrhein
  • Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf
  • IMI Z&J
  • iW
  • Jobcenter Köln
  • Landmarken AG
  • PUMA
  • pwc
  • Roche
  • SNP
  • Statkraft
  • SwissLife
  • Telekom
  • testo
  • Universität Koblenz Landau
  • Unitymedia
  • epilot
  • stepstone
  • Universität Bonn
  • VR-NetWorld
  • Uniper
  • Creative.NRW

How Can Coaching Help You?

  • Leadership development is a personal journey best unlocked with a personal professional coach.
  • Coaching inspires thoughtful conversations with long-lasting impact on leadership topics that matter
  • Wellbeing and mental fitness are critical and best served by the inner reflective work done together with a certified coach.

What Others Say

👉 Nach meiner Elternzeit hatte ich zunächst Schwierigkeiten, mich im Unternehmen neu zu verorten und die richtige Balance aus Arbeit und Privatleben zu finden. Das Coaching mit Karla hat mir geholfen, meine eigenen Prioritäten zu bestimmen und herauszufinden, wohin ich mich innerhalb des Unternehmens entwickeln möchte. Dank Karlas Coaching habe ich hier für mich viel Klarheit gewonnen, habe mich mit dem nötigen Selbstbewusstsein auf eine neue Position beworben und inzwischen eine Zusage für eine Beförderung und eine spannende Weiterbildung erhalten. Ich danke Karla von Herzen und empfehle sie bedenkenlos weiter!

C. Deelmann, BITMARCK

👉 The way Karla supports and challenges me with thought-provoking questions during our sessions has made a significant impact. Thanks to her, I have been able to open myself up to discover and embrace my strengths, allowing me to be more authentic and self-confident. Grateful for her guidance!

MJ, Adevinta

👉 Das Coaching mit Karla war eine wirkliche Bereicherung für meine persönliche Entwicklung. Dank ihrer hervorragenden Eigenschaften, Erfahrungen und Fähigkeiten als Coach ist es ihr gelungen, in unseren Sessions die Themen und Fragestellungen immer wieder in den Fokus zu rücken, starke Fragen zu platzieren, die nachwirken und die gemeinsame Reise als auch meine übergeordneten Ziele im Blick zu behalten.

Anne Klinnert-Matuszewski, Senior Abteilungsleiterin

👉 Karla has been an invaluable resource in helping me navigate a new job. From our very first session, I knew that I had found someone who truly understood the complexities of my role and could provide me with the guidance and support I needed to succeed.

Teresa Chandler, Senior HR Professional

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👉 Karla ist ein wirklich toller Coach. Sie geht sehr individuell auf die Situation ein und liefert keine vorgefertigten Standardantworten. Vielmehr versetzt sie dich durch sehr geschickte Fragestellungen in die Lage, DEINE eigene Lösung zu finden. Für mich war die Zusammenarbeit mit ihr sehr wertvoll!

Thomas Seil, Bereichsleiter Komposit, Öffentliche Versicherung

👉 Karla is not only experienced in her field, she made space for me to see new perspectives and more self-awareness, which help me as a manager in my daily work

P.K. Lawyer, Senior Associate, Ebner Stolz

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How Can Team Coaching Help Your Team?

  • Enable groups to become effective agile teams
  • Team Coaching activates resources, is motivating, and builds confidence
  • Inspires and guides teams to take on ownership of their agile workflows

My Books

I have written these two books which have helped numerous companies, teams and individuals to understand and take steps to deliver better, innovative results.

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New Book

Lawyer Well-being – Personal Health of Legal Professionals in Times of Disruption

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Trainer, Facilitator, Change Coach and Business Manger

  • Female Founder and Business Owner: 2014 Das dynamische Unternehmen GbR, 2016 Design Thinking Academy, 2021 Value4p GmbH
  • Professional Accredited Coach (PCC)™ by the International Coaching Federation (ICF)
  • ACTP, SF Master Coaching Class, Solutions Academy
  • Systemic Coach and Change Management, Ineko at the University of Cologne
  • Published Non-Fiction Book(s) Author and Researcher
  • Design Thinking Certificate (Hasso-Plattner Institute, Potsdam)
  • Recognition Award from LEAD, Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Accreditations in Agile Processes (PSM1 + PSPO)
  • University Teaching Work Certificates
  • BA Degree in Humanities, University of California, Berkeley USA
  • Master of Arts in Education, University Freiburg
  • Trained by Milton Erickson Institute
  • NLP Practitioner
  • Official Partner and Coach Legal Revolution
  • Trained in Facilitation + Simplicity (Denkmotor)

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