"The means is dialogue, the end is learning, the purpose is peace." ~ Founder Dr. Jane Vella

Karen Ridout

Owner, Senior Partner

In brief

Karen has been teaching using Dialogue Education since 1997 and in 2007 Karen became a Senior Partner of Global Learning Partners. She has led Global Learning Partners programs throughout the United States, in England, Austria and Thailand.

Karen combines her extensive knowledge of psychological type with Dialogue Education™ to make the learning process flow so that the learners’ energy and work can be focused on engaging with the content.

As a consultant, coach and facilitator in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina, Karen develops seminars, workshops, client training sessions and strategic planning sessions using the Dialogue Education approach.

Karen has worked with both individuals and organizations in diverse sectors—hospitals, restaurants, professional groups of attorneys, physicians and architects, public relations firms, media, government agencies, faith-based organizations and not-for-profit organizations.

Recent projects

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Raleigh, NC
Initiated and instituted Dialogue Education learning and culture in the teaching programs of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. The Food Shuttle pioneers innovative, transformative solutions designed to end hunger in our community. The trainers in the three teaching programs, Culinary Job Training Program, Young Farmer Training Program, and Culinary-based nutrition education programs and workshops, now design and teach using the principles and practices of Dialogue Education.

City of Raleigh, Raleigh, NC
Inaugurated the training of staff members of the Office of Sustainability. These professionals were experts in their fields who were tasked with teaching sustainability concepts and applications to city employees and eventually city citizens. They had no training or experience in teaching, so they received a solid background in how adults learn, and techniques and tools for designing and implementing valuable, useful and dynamic training.

Karen’s training and previous experience
B.S. Political Science and Economics
University of Nebraska

Certified Coach, Coach U

Certified trainer and administrator in:
The Myers Briggs Type Indicator, BarOn EQi, Human Systems Dynamics, the Communication Wheel, Element FIRO B & ABLE 360 assessment, as well as Dialogue Education (CDET).

When Karen is not working

She is an avid community volunteer, life-long learner, arts supporter, and devoted to her children and grandchildren.

What people are saying about Karen

Together we created an organization where dialogue as a teaching/learning methodology is fundamental. I make sure that all of our staff in a "teaching" role is also a “learner", listening to and learning from the people they serve.  We do things with people, not to or for people. That is the wonderful gift that Karen and Dialogue Education have given us.

~ CEO, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

Karen Ridout