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About Karen

Karen Hyder, Certified Technical Trainer CTT+, is a trainer of trainers, online-event producer, and speaker coach.

Karen has been using technology to teach about technology since 1991 when she delivered instructor-led software applications courses at Logical Operations in Rochester, NY. Later, as director of trainer development, she taught classes that helped trainers improve skills and earn certifications.


In 1999, after living abroad for more than a year helping trainers achieve certification, Karen was hired to create a train-the-trainer course for people using virtual-classroom software to reach learners in China. She’s been coaching and teaching online ever since!


In 2004, Karen helped launch The eLearning Guild Online Forums, a series of online conferences for eLearning development professionals. For the Guild, 

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she continues to produce and host online events including the impressive Best of DemoFest, a multi-presenter, live-demonstration event.


In 2017, The Guild (now rebranded The Learning Guild) honored Karen with the Guild Master Award, recognizing her contributions to the Guild community and the eLearning industry. Karen provides presenter coaching and live event support for online learning experiences at Hearing First LLC, a not-for-profit that serving professionals earning CEUs and families supporting children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

In addition to her professional work, Karen enjoys rescuing cats and old houses.

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