The mission of Cottage Insights is clear: create opportunities for personal and professional development and growth.

Dr. Karen Mitchell, Founder


Creating opportunities for individual and organizational learning is what I love to do. I feel truly grateful for all of my experiences meeting and working with people who share a love of learning . My career started out in professional learning, where I created content and delivered training for both non-profit and for-profit organizations. In addition to my organizational experience, for the last fifteen years, I have worked in higher education, as a professor, course developer, and department chair.

With all the uncertainty in the world today, our ability to grow and stay positive about our future is so important. I want to extend the bounds of the traditional classroom and foster an environment where we can realize our strengths and share our talents with the people in our life. We have so many responsibilities today, and I know that our time, energy, and focus are limited resources,. With that in mind, I am using my background in academic research, motivation theory, and teaching, to create learning experiences which create insight and growth on topics that matter today. Here’s to growing!

Why the name
Cottage Insights?

The name Cottage Insights pays homage to the dairy farm that was in my family for many generations. By the time I was growing up, the cows at Cottage Farm were long gone, but the cornfields and open spaces provided endless opportunities to explore for myself, my brother, and my cousins. The farm always held a special place in my heart as I spent many afternoons sitting in my grandmother’s kitchen amazed by the sheer joy and passion for life my grandmother had… and, above all, her constant love of learning. My grandmother never stopped seeking ways to grow and give back, and that served as a true inspiration for me. My hope is that Cottage Insights honors the spirit of my family’s farm and cultivates a new type of growth within you.

Let’s grow together!
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