Karen Nanninga

Trainer, con­sul­tant, coach

Karen Nanninga is an expe­ri­en­ced trai­ner and con­sul­tant in the field of manage­ment sup­port, as well as a busi­ness and life coach for pro­fes­sio­nals. She is pas­sio­na­te about accom­pany­ing peo­p­le on their per­so­nal deve­lo­p­ment paths: when deli­ve­ring trai­ning to a group or when coa­ching indi­vi­du­als. Her objec­ti­ve is always to deve­lop and mobi­li­ze per­so­nal poten­ti­al and inner wis­dom, to encou­ra­ge peo­p­le to take steps, to empower them to set and reach goals, to inspi­re them to live the life they want. She stron­gly belie­ves that each indi­vi­du­al can make a dif­fe­rence in his/her own envi­ron­ment, no mat­ter what posi­ti­on (s)he holds. Each person’s role goes bey­ond his/her job descrip­ti­on, as we all bring uni­que per­so­nal com­pe­tence, talents and inte­rests to the work­place. Leadership is her moti­va­ti­on and mes­sa­ge in all her pro­fes­sio­nal are­as and activities.



  • Karen neben CelloCertified Coach (International Certification, CTI / ICF, USA)
  • Certified Medical Coach (MCI Global)
  • Coach (Co-Active Fundamentals and Intermediate, CTI, USA)
  • Graduate of the Co-Active Leadership Programme (CTI, USA)
  • Train-the-Trainer (Haufe Akademie/IHK Düsseldorf (Germany), ISBW (The Netherlands))
  • Modules of BA and Psychology (Utrecht, The Netherlands)
  • European Secretary (European Secretarial Academy, The Hague, The Netherlands), qua­dri­lin­gu­al, with expe­ri­ence as Executive Secretary and Management Assistant at seni­or manage­ment and exe­cu­ti­ve board level of inter­na­tio­nal com­pa­nies in The Netherlands and in France.

Active for the Management Assistant pro­fes­si­on sin­ce many years

Karen Nanninga has been a trai­ner and con­sul­tant for manage­ment assistants for over 20 years. She runs semi­nars, work­shops and cour­ses for (trai­ning) com­pa­nies in Germany and The Netherlands. She is also an accre­di­ted trai­ner for the European insti­tu­ti­ons in Brussels. She is an expe­ri­en­ced mode­ra­tor of (inter­na­tio­nal) con­fe­ren­ces, panel dis­cus­sions and com­pa­ny events. Her working lan­guages are German, English (both flu­ent) and Dutch (mother ton­gue). Born in the Netherlands, she has lived with her fami­ly in Germany sin­ce 1994.


Other (for­mer) activities:

  • Active mem­ber of International Management Assistants (IMA, form­er­ly EUMA), Chairman of EUMA Netherlands and EUMA Executive Chairman (European Chairman).
  • Author for the European secre­ta­ri­al press and a mem­ber of pro­ject groups for the profession
  • Member of the Jury for the elec­tion “Secretary of the Year”, The Netherlands
  • Chairman of the Jury “Professional Secretary Scholarship”, The Netherlands
  • European dele­ga­te during seve­ral “International Secretaries Summit Meetings”