How We Got Started

We met at Yale University as students in an improvisational comedy troupe. We went on to professional improvisation, such as training and performance with the Second City of Chicago, and then further on to hold executive positions in banking, the non-profit sector, and even network engineering.

What we all realized is that improvisation served us well in business. The ability to think on your feet, arrive at solutions through the side door, and communicate in ways that bring people together are the skills of improvisation. These are the keys to innovation and business success. Yet, these skills are often overlooked. And so, ImprovEdge was born.

Since 1998, we have developed material with the assistance of Wharton Business School and applied it to clients in industries as diverse as finance, manufacturing, law, retail, and technology. Our clients include NBCUniversal, Cardinal Health, JPMorgan, ESPN and AstraZeneca to name a few. Originally headquarted in New York, NY, ImprovEdge is now based in Columbus, Ohio under the leadership of Karen Hough.

We currently have people in New York, Columbus, Cleveland, Los Angeles.

Meet Our Ensemble

Our ensemble brings a diverse array of talent and experience to the creation and delivery of cutting edge development experiences. Meet us…

“These improvisational capabilities allow our leaders to be innovative and flexible and to collaborate on a radical level.”
John Brock, Chairman and CEO, Coca-Cola Enterprises
“This is not your ordinary business book! It’s brilliant, cutting-edge, and highly entertaining. If you’re looking for a fresh approach to succeeding at work, Karen Hough reveals secrets from the world of improvisation that are worth a million!”
Barbara Stanny, bestselling author of Secrets of Six-Figure Women
“Improvisation isn’t just key to the comedy business—it can be a key to any business. Karen brings classic improv principles to the world of business with great intelligence and humor. Should you read her book? Yes, and…”
Steve Bodow, Co-Executive Producer and former head writer, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and seven-time Emmy Award winner
“We LOVED Karen’s workshop at the HBA. I have participated in Improv workshops before and this was exceptional!”
Marie E. Sanchirico, PhD, Medical Managed Care Director, Medical Affairs - MS Franchise, Genzyme Corporation

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