Megan Karsh

Megan Karsh

Megan Karsh

Fulbright Specialist – US Department of State
Founder of The (em) Collective
Consultant to United Nations


TRAVELS FROM: Santa Barbara

Megan developed her approach while directing and scaling organizations in conflict environments like Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq on behalf of Stanford Law School and the United Nations. She blends expertise in systems design, psychology, and organizational development, and is a certified mediator. Megan has been interviewed by Forbes, Refinery29, and Women of Silicon Valley about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), power dynamics, and identity-based conflict.

Megan believes in promoting more empowered and inclusive forms of leadership and collaboration. She trains companies and employee resource groups, advises founders and directors, and coaches leaders across all industries and career stages. Clients include Google, for whom she designed and implemented a program on anti-racism & allyship and develops programming for Women@Google, other Fortune 500 companies, Series A-through-D startups, nonprofits, and universities.

In addition, Megan consults for the United Nations, where she has advised the Women’s Advisory Board to the Syrian peace process and leaders in the Libyan peace process. She is on the US Fulbright Specialist Roster as an expert in educational systems design, and taught negotiations at Stanford Law from 2014-21.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Managing Difficult Conversations
  • Empathic Leadership
  • Organizational Transformation

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Recent Engagements:

“This has been the most worthwhile leadership development experience I’ve had because the skills you work on are so broadly applicable to both personal and professional interactions. I could immediately apply what I learned after each class session and actually see the positive impact on my relationships and goals. A couple people, including my significant other and a close colleague, even commented on how much better I was handling difficult conversations.”

“A remarkable strength of Megan's that's worth noting is her ability to engage with issues across identities and perspectives. I think everyone in the 20-person class felt like she was speaking directly to them. I don’t know whether it’s her empathy or the years she spent teaching in other cultures that enables her to do it, but she made me feel more comfortable in the classroom as a gay black man than any teacher ever has.”