Speaker | Author | Consultant
Lori Karpman is a seasoned, multi-award-winning management consultant (and former attorney) specializing in multi-unit business development as well as professional coaching and training.
She is currently CEO of Lori Karpman & Company, a full-service firm providing all the services a growing brand needs as well as Head Coach at Coach Lori, her executive coaching firm. After a 7-year stint in private practice as a tax attorney, Lori became the Director of Legal/HR to a multi-million-dollar international corporation with 2 foodservice franchises, 1 as a franchisor, the other as master franchisee for QC, giving her a 360-degree perspective on the franchise relationship.
She also acquired skills in business development, operations, branding/marketing, recruiting, international business and real estate. Nine years later she founded the wildly successful “Zyng Noodlery” franchise for which she garnered several prestigious marketing & branding awards including the pinnacle award from the Ontario Advertising Association & the Canadian Franchise Association for “Outstanding Overall Corporate Image”. This established her credibility as a creative force and took her skill set out of the purely “legal/business” realm.
Within 5 years Zyng was sold to a US development firm and Lori went on to found her consulting/law firm. For the past 15 years, Lori has worked with some of the nation’s best-loved Fortune 500 brands as well as start-ups. The firm serves brands locally, nationally and internationally, with branch offices around the world.
Lori is a prolific writer and engaging/inspiring public speaker on topics relating to business and her personal struggles and challenges, through disease, divorce, death, and financial strife. A natural survivor, Lori inspires others to reach their peak potential through her coaching programs and public appearances. She has an active executive coaching practice which operates under the name Coach Lori. Additionally, she taught the Bachelor level university course Entrepreneurship at John Molson School of Business, renown worldwide for their business program.
Lori has done extensive executive-level, not for profit work in both the public and private business as well as the health sector. She believes that giving back to the community is an essential part of a life of abundance. Lori has been an active member of the Board of Directors of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, the Canadian Franchise Association, the Quebec Franchise Association, and the public retail operator Hartco. She also served as CEO and Chairman of the Board of St. Andrew’s School a private school for young children 18 months to 6 years old. In that capacity, she conducted a Capital Fund Campaign and raised the $400,000 required to build a swimming pool and park on the school premises. She has chaired many committees including but not limited to Strategic Planning, Corporate Governance, Education, Fundraising, Marketing and Chair of the Annual Convention Committee for the Canadian Franchise Association twice.