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Karla Schlaepfer, born in Anaheim, California, moved to Cologne 18 years ago and is involved in business communication training, visual art related seminars and individual coaching.

Academic Titles

B.A. Humanities and Art History (UC Berkeley, California USA)

M.A. Applied Linguistics/Education (University of Giessen) and PHs Feiburg + Heidelberg

Trainer, consultant and executive coach for Business English,. Lecturer at the University of Cologne and Bergische University Wuppertal. Areas of expertise: managing intercultural diversity, innovative visual communication, creativity techniques, international negotiations and presentations, women in business.

My inspiration comes from connecting capabilities across boundaries.

In addition to offering a broad range of Business Communication seminars, translating and editing, I work as an Art Educator with a series of public ArtTalks in Cologne/Bonn/Wuppertaler museums. We use Visual Teaching Strategies and Creativity techniques to instigate shifts in seeing and thinking and to trigger new ideas. Important for me, as an art educator, is to help people connect personally with quality art and learn how to communicate and value this aesthetic experience.

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Empfehlungsschreiben Von der Heydt 2011

Kunst auf Englisch – Artikel aus der Remscheider Stadtpost

Customer Quotes

Hallo Karla,

Vielen Dank noch mal für die sehr schöne Veranstaltung im Ludwig!

Toll vorbereitet, interessante Auswahl, war wirklich klasse, auch die Reaktionen der anderen zu beobachten ; )

Gerne wieder und auch gerne mit Newsletter ; )

Viele Grüße
M. H.


Thanks for today’s art-talk – amazing how many facts you had collected and how many discussions you were able to arouse about these photos.

11/16 Fritz Brandes


Thanks for an interesting inside into abstract art. I always love your way of talking about art no matter what kind of art it is!

Barbara Kowal 1/16


Must say, yesterday’s event was at the top end of my expectations. I really enjoyed it, learned a great deal, and look forward to becoming a regular attendee. Shame it isn’t monthly!

Ian Slater 1/16


Thanks for an excellent performance this morning! I realize that you give a lot of thought to the way how to present art and an artist, including interactive methods.

1/16 Fritz Brandes


Hi Karla! I really enjoyed your ArtTalk again today. I know so little about art but love learning about Artists and Art Movements from you! You just make it all so super interesting! Even when I decide I am not mad about the artists art (like with Danh Voh sp??), I like learning about the artist and their lives and motivations etc. Everyone I have brought along so far is very enthusiastic too and want to keep coming! I will keep spreading the word – it is lovely to share something that is so well done with others who also enjoy art and learning – it’s also a great excuse to meet up with friends!

Looking forward to your next ArtTalk already!

Oonagh Sweeney


“Art Talks is an amazing way to experience art. Museum exhibits can be daunting at times with so much information to absorb, so it is such a pleasure to have the benefit of Karla’s knowledge and research. Her expertise allows you to focus on the jewels of the exhibits, so as not to become overwhelmed, and the interactive format of the program allows you to retain what you have learned and meaningfully reflect on the pieces you see. I highly recommend Art Talks to everyone because it allows you to explore art in such a personable, fun and rewarding way.”

Blog text from Mary Welsch-Lehmann


“Thank you for all the work you put into the talks which are always informative and fun to take part in.”

Irene Gower


I would like to thank you again for the Confident Presentation training. It is a very well-structured and customized training, which offers a theoretical background on the art of presentation. With this training program, I improved a lot in effective opening and interaction with audience.

Dr. Ing. Chen Jin, Bayer Material Science


Die Lernergebnisse von Business ArtTalks haben einen sehr nachhaltigen Effekt. Ein Grund dafür ist, dass man sie sich zusammen in der Gruppe erarbeitet, geleitet durch Fragen von Frau Schlaepfer-Karst, die gezielt so gewählt sind, dass man sie nicht eindimensional beantworten kann. Englisch als Fremdsprache bewirkt, dass die gegenseitige Verständigung achtsam ist, was die Einprägung des Gelernten erleichtert. Dazu kommt, dass es sich bei den Gegenständen, über die gesprochen wird, um originale Kunst handelt. Originale Kunst – sowohl alte als auch moderne – ermöglicht es in besonderem Maß, alltägliche Sichtweisen und konventionelle Denkmuster aufzubrechen und Dinge aus ganz verschiedenen Perspektiven gleichzeitig zu sehen.

Simone Mones Dipl.-Psych.


Karla Schlaepfer-Karst provides a highly professional and efficient English language coaching. She offers far more than just English lessons—she puts a lot of effort into providing background information and adjusting the curriculum in the most appropriate way to support the interests and needs of her clients. Through this individual approach Karla, has helped me very effectively to prepare for several scientific presentations and panel discussions held at international conferences.

Dagmar Wiebusch, executive managing director at IZMF (Informationszentrum Mobilfunk)


The Chinese Bridge is still on my mind—or in my eye?—since your inspiring talk was a revelation. Thank you so much! I enjoyed your talk so much. Thank you once again and best wishes.

Prof. Dr. Bärbel Diehr, Bergische Universität Wuppertal


Das individuelle und professionelle Englisch Coaching von Frau Karla Schlaepfer-Karst hat es mir in kürzester Zeit ermöglicht meine Academic Writing Skills, für mein MBA Studium, sehr erfolgreich weiter auszubauen und zu festigen. Frau Schlaepfer-Karst versteht es individuell auf Kundenwünsche einzugehen und vermittelt neben der Theorie auch viele interessante Ansätze zu den Themen Lernen, kreatives Denken und Konzentration.

Michael Imiolczyk, Abteilungsleiter, Anwendungsentwicklung

Dear Karla,

Thanks for a really interesting talk today – you gave us a lot to think about and some background information about some of the photographers that I didn’t know. I’m looking forward to doing the exhibition again with A. soon.

All the best and hope to see you again soon,


Dear Karla,

Thank you very much for the interesting and thrilling tour through the exhibition: I really enjoyed it and realized that I really missed this. And Barbara said that you only occasionally do Art Talks nowadays, so I consider myself lucky I took the chance and attending last night!

Anyway: it was a pleasure seeing you and I will certainly join the Art Talks more often from now on.

Have a great weekend and all the best,


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