Karlene A. Millwood, MBA

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About Karlene

Karlene is an advocate for living life authentically. Her mission is to create a legacy from inspiring others to shake off mediocrity and embrace their God-given potential and dominate in their area of gifting, to leave a lasting impact of progressive change, growth and success in the lives of others.

Karlene faced a defining moment when she was let go from her 20 year IT career. She resolved that it would be the last time someone else made a decision for her life without her permission. She took the bull by the horns and decided to pursue her passion intentionally.. Within a year and a half, she redefined herself from a corporate employee to building a thriving business where she provides personal development, business and leadership education for her clients.

As Founder and CEO of Karlene Millwood International, she helps her clients overcome the obstacles to take their business from idea to production by boosting their confidence and helping them to strategize a clear vision and action plan.

Karlene is a well-rounded leader, having previously managed corporate teams and projects, co-chaired the Women’s Internal Support Network (WISN) at the Toronto Police Service for two years, led the women’s ministry at her church and led various community initiatives.

This inspirational leader was featured on Power 106 FM radio in Jamaica and received an Award of Recognition in 2013 from the Kendal All-Age School on that island, for establishing a scholarship for children transitioning to high school.  In addition, Karlene was also a 2014 nominee for the Ontario Women in Law Enforcement (OWLE) Community Service Award for her work in arts and entertainment. She was also selected in 2016 and 2017 to be among the Top 150 nominees to receive a Black Canadian (Business) Award. Karlene is the recipient of the 2020 IWB Leadership award and Universal Women's Network 2020 Women of Inspiration inductee.

Karlene independently authored four books, collaborated on another two and created several courses and ebooks focused on Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Creative Writing. As a playwright and filmmaker, she wrote, directed and produced her first play, Forgiven, in 2014 and completed writing her second play, Diamond Life, in 2018. Karlene co-produced a short film, Princess Lamp, in Vancouver in 2016, and her second, When Destiny Calls, which she also wrote and directed, in Toronto in 2017.

Karlene holds an undergrad in Computer Science from Dawson College,  a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom (UK), a Project Management certificate from Ryerson University and a Diploma for Writing For Film and Television from the Vancouver Film School.

She passionately continues to empower others to live their best life.

Media Coverage

Press Release - Self-Perception in Gender Inequities and Career Advancement For Minority Women

Karlene is very concerned about gender inequities globally and has done extensive research on the subject, documented in her latest book published in November 2020. On January 19, 2021, the book launch was held to an online audience of over 300 people on the two-time Byblacks People's Choice award-winning Charles Matthews Show.

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Humber College Deans News

The Faculty of Business at Humber College invited Karlene to be a guest speaker to the class of graduating business students in November 2020 and later featured Karlene in the Deans Newsletter to show their appreciation for her presentation.

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Taste The Diversity

Ethnic Channel TV

In this fun cooking series, Karlene represented her Jamaican culture by preparing an authentic Jamaican dish with the help of her sister-friend Nadine while sharing interesting facts about Jamaica's rich culture and colourful history.

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Unlock Your Potential 

The Charles Matthews Show

What is potential, and how does one unlock it? 

Karlene has made several appearances on the Charles Matthews Show as a guest expert. In this episode, she discusses tapping into and maximizing one's potential plus other leadership topics in this lively interview with Charles Matthews.

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Guest Host at Gospel Faith TV

Dream Big interview with  Pastor Martins Fatola

Acknowledging her powerful public speaking and interviewing skills, Gospel Faith TV made a special request for Karlene to host this segment on their behalf.

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Leadership and Transformational Change

GBKM Community TV

Karlene sits in as a guest expert on leadership and personal transformation in this interview on GBKM TV.

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Featured Articles

As a content creator, Karlene has written business articles for several media outlets. A few of them are featured here for you:

Real Leaders Develop Other Leaders (Page 34)

Odeen Eccleston Feature

Harlem Underground Feature

Tray Arts Feature

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