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Testimonials & Commendations

Karen facilitated a 6-month programme, 2 days per month with 12 HoD’s at Galgorm. Prior to starting the programme, she took the time to understand the hotel operation and spoke with some of the key executive team to understand what the learning outcomes needed to be in order for the programme to impactful to us. 

During the programme Karen really got to know the delegates & understand their own personal career aspirations, taking the time after many of the classroom sessions to meet with them one-to-one. The fact that these informal, unplanned meetings happened is a testament to Karen’s approachability.

Lauren McAteer, Group Head of People & Organisational Development, Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort

Karen's expertise of the hospitality industry was clearly visable throughout her workshop. Karen has the ability to engage and hold the attention of her audience through the use of relatable examples from her operational experience. Karen showed an excellent understanding of the challenges that the team faces everyday. Karen delivered and explained some easily implemented solutions and thought processes to help our team organise their workload better to become more productive both professionally and personally. Karen has ability to connect the literature with relevant examples from industry which made the content of the course relevant and relatable. We really feel Karen's workshop will add value to our business moving forward.

Brendan Comerford, General Manager, Castlemartyr Resort, Co. Cork

I feel strongly that Karen's collaborative and open approach to new ventures is to be commended. She is comfortable & engaging in all interactions. She has a genuine passion for individuals & connects with everyone in the room...what a skill!

Laura Davidson, HR Manager, Hayfield Manor, Cork

Karen has been working with Trigon Hotels (Cork International Hotel, Cork Airport Hotel and The Metropole) on an 18- month Management Development Programme. She worked with CETB and submitted the course for external accreditation which was achieved via City & Guilds.

Her background in Operations brings the theory to life and her passion for the industry ensures the participants are exposed to the commercial and networking elements of the business through guest speakers, blogs, executive summaries and classroom sessions.

Karen has also assisted in the HR elements of the business, and has spent time getting to know the senior management team, in order to match her skillset & knowledge to the business needs, therefore adding value and return on investment.

Aaron Mansworth, Group General Manager, Trigon Hotel Group encompassing Cork International Hotel, Cork Airport Hotel and The Metropole, Cork

Karen's sheer expertise and experience in the field of learning and talent development are keenly matched by her passion and collaborative spirit.  She has the ability to  relate, understand, and personalize solutions to the needs of her clients.  Having worked closely with Karen on several luxury brand learning projects, I always found her to be, not only a joy to work with, but a very insightful partner who offered strategic ideas and valuable enhancements, taking highly-rated programs to highly-rated programs positively affecting performance and key performance indicators.

Jennifer A. White, Senior Director, Global Learning & Talent Development at Hilton Worldwide

2011 - shortlisted for the overall Irish Institute of Training & Development (IITD) Award

2012 - personally shortlisted for the Irish Hospitality Institute (IHI) “Continuous Professional Development” Training Manager Award.

2015 - nominated for the Pearse Walsh Award for “Innovation in the Transfer of Learning” at the IITD awards for which I received a commendation

2015 - I won the IHI Hospitality Manager of the Year CPD award

Karen Healy is an innovative yet pragmatic Hospitality Training & Development Specialist. Her extensive operational experience position her perfectly to engage with Chefs, Housekeepers, F&B and Front Office employees in addition to Senior Managers. She has worked for both global luxury brands & small stand-alone hotels.

Karen has amazing emotional intelligence & can tailor training sessions to suit each unique audience. She is a problem solver & understands the demands of todays fast paced hotel business. She can develop bespoke training interventions unique to your property.

Her repertoire includes mandatory training such as manual handling, technical training, service delivery, management development programmes & she is outstanding at facilitating senior management team builds. Additionally Karen can develop a sustainable training framework for your business.

I personally recommend Karen as a Training Specialist who can really make a difference to your business & am happy to be contacted directly if you require further information.

Yvonne O’Malley Human Resources Director at Adare Manor & previously Area Human Resources Director at Hilton Worldwide

Karen is one of the most “get the job done” consultants I have collaborated with.  Karen developed and delivered change management, leadership & organisational effectiveness workshops for our management team whilst refining HR processes.  The output, results and overall engagement as a result has been excellent. 


Paul Broderick, General Manager, Pembroke Kilkenny

Having worked with Karen for 8 years, we completed many Conrad projects together.

Her luxury background afforded innovative ideas around the customer journey which subsequently lead her to work with our luxury brand team at Head Office in Washington DC creating our new customer approach for both Conrad and Waldorf Astoria brands.

Her operational background meant she had a solid understanding of the financial targets of the business and a respect from delegates who appreciated her empathy to the realities of the business.

Karen shone when there was a new challenge and was always encouraging us to evolve with the ever changing needs of a fast paced industry.

Martin Mangan, General Manager, Conrad Dublin

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