Karen Downes

Karen Downes

Australian author, founder of The flourishing initiative

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About this Speaker

Over her 35-year career, Karen has built successful companies, supported civil society organizations to transform entrenched cultural norms, worked with global business leaders to achieve breakthrough results, and led culture change and development programs around the world.

Starting her career as a trained healer and practitioner, she has translated spiritual practices, principles of healing, and systemic change into everyday life and business. 

Her methodology bridges the divide between spirituality and commercial reality, a holistic approach to developing more conscious and compassionate leaders through her programs and retreats.

Her hands-on experience of building a business in alternative health care, from kitchen table-top to a multi-million dollar enterprise afforded her the credentials of an MBA. She is the founder of The Flourish Initiative a consulting and advisory service to businesses on how to build a flourishing enterprise from the inside out. 

She is co-founder of FemmeQ, co-lead for Gender Equality in Catalyst2030, and a core member of Bounce Beyond. Her commitment is to catalyze the necessary shift from the current system of domination to partnership, to bridge the divide in gender inequalities, and to reinstate feminine principles into all aspects of leadership, to create a flourishing future for all.