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Karen L. Dee

Karen is a certified executive coach, thought leader and speaker. She is cofounder & managing partner of Accendo Leadership Advisory Group, LLC. Accendo is a leadership development company specializing in executive coaching, high performance team building, leadership seminars & workshops, roundtables for high potential women & minorities, and public speaking. Karen coaches exclusively at the executive level. She is an accomplished speaker and thought leader on topics to include: Building Trust and Team Commitment; Negotiating; Leading through Change; Emotional Intelligence; Executive Presence; Engaging People; Coaching for Enhanced Performance; Practicing Balance & Renewal; and Leading with Personal Vision.


Karen is a highly accomplished, former senior bank and chief executive with a 30+ year track record of driving profitable business growth. She has a strong financial and operational background in the highly regulated financial services industry working for companies such as Wells Fargo (1983-1986, 1989-2006), SunTrust (1986-1989), and Fifth Third Bank (2006-2014). In her most recent role as Fifth Third Bank Regional President for Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky, she had responsibility for $17.4 billion in assets, and over 3200 employees. Karen is an expert in creating a vision, developing a strategy and then leading teams toward successful execution of that strategy.