Karen Wilson

Global Director for Learning & Talent Development


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Speaker Bio

Karen Wilson has over 17 years experience in the Learning and Development (L&D) industry and is the Global Director for Learning & Talent Development Booking.com. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing both the Learning and Leadership development strategies.

Having first centralised the L&D department at Booking.com, her current focus is discovering new ways to drive and embed an inspired and infectious learning culture. She provides strategic leadership to a growing global team of 60+ learning and development professionals. Her specialism over the last 7 years has been to lead the transformation of L&D departments combining capability build and organisation design with effective change management.

Previous to her time at Booking.com and Rental Cars, she was Head of Learning for Ricoh UK Ltd and spent her early career in the commercial world of Sales and Strategic Account Management. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies and is experienced in the world of coaching and mentoring.

Karen lives in Manchester in the UK with her husband and three highly energetic and extraordinary daughters. She also loves to explore the world through travel, curiosity, sport and an obsession for reading.

Speaker Sessions


Revolutionising How You Plan Your Own Career Journey

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce
  • Karen Wilson

    Global Director for Learning & Talent Development


Research tells us that we typically spend 90,000 hours of your life at work. That’s over 10 years when you work it out concurrently, making it vital that we make the right career decisions.

Life, roles and skills requirements change so rapidly that career plans can be outdated even before they are written. To meet these many changes we need to start to adapt our approach and focus from career planning to opportunity readiness.

Within this workshop will explore where you want to take your careers to and most importantly how you can you be in the best shape to optimise on opportunities when they come your way.

Within this workshop, you’ll analyse:

  • Who you are
  • Where you want to be
  • What is your first step to get there
  • What’s your career story starting today?

At the end of the session you will walk away with clear insights, tools and the next steps to build your opportunity readiness plan.

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