About Karla Campbell

Karla Campbell’s personal story is about discovering self-acceptance, finding the gifts, and unleashing her creativity from a limiting and humble start.

Karla knows a lot about what it means to feel unaccepted, and she left the prescribed way and followed an unexpected path forward. Adopted and raised in a small town in Colorado, she is gay and experienced learning challenges that were later attributed to undiagnosed dyslexia.

In high school, academics were such a struggle that she turned to sports, where she excelled in basketball, softball, track and field, and cross country. Karla eventually earned an athletic scholarship to college and discovered freedom from the perceived confines she’d thought inevitable. But when her knee blew out during her senior year, her popularity and self-esteem plummeted. It was an identity crisis that would eventually lead her out of the proverbial closet, across the country, back to school, up the corporate ladder, and into a long-term relationship, while embracing Native American spirituality and earning certification as a leadership coach.

Karla Campbell uses all aspects of her vast experience to help people and businesses going through difficult transitions.

Qualifications and Proven Results

Many organizations have invested in technology and processes — but now, investing in employees’ professional growth, skill, talent, and attitude is in more demand than ever before. Karla Campbell is a subject matter expert with 20+ years of experience. She customizes her services to achieve the best for her client, working with the organization and its current resources to help invest back into the company’s culture. Karla’s experience and proven results include these achievements:

  • 8 years as Principal and Founder of 4 Directions Consulting and Coaching, LLC, which provides 1) Project and Strategy, 2) Change  Management Advising and Emotional Intelligence Practitioner and Trainer, Facilitation and Executive and Emerging Leadership, and Career and Individual Coaching.
  • 14 years in the private sector managing large and complex cross-enterprise projects, including leading a workflow and imaging system that automated all business processes, realizing 20 percent productivity improvements despite undergoing four firm-wide re-structures during the project life cycle.
  • 10 years with the University of California Office of the President (UCOP), creating a Project Management Office (PMO) while managing a Change Management Office (CMO) that managed a major restructuring of the Office of the President. Resulted in approximately $1.9 million in reduction activities. Plus, two years as the Chief of Staff/Executive Advisor to the Chief Operating Officer.

Certifications and Memberships

The journey between who you once were and who you are now becoming, is where the dance of life really takes place. Native American Proverb