OrgPsych Dr Karina Butera
Dr Karina Butera PhD, BA(Hons), ACC, LCA, FHI is a Sociologist, Professional Coach, Learning and Development Faciliator
Karina has a professional background in recruitment, sales, industrial psychology and administration, and an academic background in sociology, philosophy, psychology, gender studies and creative writing.
She is innovative, entrepreneurial (having founded several NFP organisations, and three businesses), entertaining and astute. Karina has 15 years experience working in the corporate world and seven years teaching and lecturing at Deakin University.
Karina has an innate social conscience, having volunteered for many caring causes (Villa Maria Society for the Blind, Turning Point Domestic Violence Shelter, Lighthouse Foundation, Australian Life Coaching Society) and now, through her founding work with High Ideals, The Leapfrog Revolution and the Goodness Revolution, she raises awareness of the need to act with conscious compassion, ‘give back’ and ‘pay it forward’ in whatever way we can to create a sustainable future for all life on this planet.
Dr Karina Butera (who much prefers to be simply known as “Just Karina”) is one of those rare people who can turn her hand to just about anything. She loves learning, she loves people, she loves writing, she loves creating and she loves putting forward her best into every endeavour.
Although she has led many teams and ventures, Karina shies from the term “leader” in preference of “contributor and achiever”. As such, Karina has tried not to allow a single day of her life go by without some form of achievement and positive contribution. Through reading, observation and trial and error, she has learnt the art of self-motivation – including overcoming self-doubt, procrastination and project overwhelm – which has been crucial to fulfilling her personal needs for achievement and positive contribution.
Karina is optimistic, personable, thoughtful and kind. She has always looked for ways to do things smarter, clearer, faster and in a more creative and fun manner. Often the first to question convention, Karina has naturally found herself in innovative and entrepreneurial leadership roles. Her enthusiasm, ability to inspire an immense sense of community spirit and draw out the best in others gives her magnetic leadership appeal.
Altruism and other-orientation in her bones, Karina is innately driven by a desire to help others.
Karina would love nothing more than to help you experience a more pleasurable personal life; a more rewarding working life and a more successful business life. She knows of the constant hurdles we are thrown in all these areas, and she also knows of the importance of having strong relationships in order to overcome the obstacles.
That is why her core focus is now on educating, inspiring and supporting others in honing their relationship building and management skills, to help them enjoy a growing sense of fulfilment every day.
Professional, an absolute delight to work for and alongside, warm, empathetic, full of integrity, honesty and an incredibly diligent, hard working person who always finds time for everyone. I cannot speak highly enough of Karina. – Julie Hadlum
- PhD – Sociology, Deakin University
- BA (Hons) – Sociology, Deakin University
- Coach of the Year Award (2012): Australian & New Zealand Institute of Coaching
- Credentialed Master Coach: Australian & New Zealand Institute of Coaching
- Credentialed Coach: International Coach Federation
- Certificate IV: Life Coaching, Life Coaching Academy
- Certificate IV: Workplace Assessment & Training
- Certificate: Personnel Consulting
- Diploma: Writing for Children and Teenagers
- Nominee: Alfred Deakin Medal for Academic Excellence
- Awarded APA PhD Scholarship, Deakin University
- Awarded TASA Postgraduate Scholarship
- Certified Extended DISC™ Practitioner
- Founder/Past Vice-Chairperson: High Ideals Ltd
- Member: The Australian Sociological Association
- Life Member: Golden Key International Honour Society
- Life Fellow/Past Secretary: Australian Life Coaching Society
- Member: Australian Women’s & Gender Studies Association
- Founder: PACT Melbourne
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