Heller Key has researched and developed a wide range of publications, tools and products on a variety of topic areas, from research reports and white papers to toolkits and curricula.

Producing publications and other products that are both grounded in research and best practices and at the same time accessible and usable for audiences is a hallmark of Heller Keys’ approach.

Below are select examples of the types of publications and topic areas spanning Karen Heller Key’s career:


executive leadership and development

Leadership Development - for managers, senior executives and board leaders

  • Leadership Development: from Manager to Leader
  • Organizational Culture and Values
  • Developing High Performing Teams
  • Putting Conflict Management Skills to Work
  • Consensus Decision Making
  • Consultation Skills
  • Leading and Managing Change
  • Time Management 
  • Building Cross-Departmental Collaboration
  • How to be More Effective in Your Daily Routine
  • Valuing Differences
  • Listening Skills
  • Motivating Your Team
  • Strategic Use of Technology to Enhance Performance and Success
  • Stepping into Leadership Roles- for emerging women leaders

nonprofit management


  • Campaign Planning
  • Initiative-Based Fund Raising and Proposal Writing
  • Training campaign volunteers
  • Building a world class campaign volunteer program

Volunteer Management

  • Volunteer Recruitment: It's More than Just Numbers
  • Working with Today's Volunteer Workforce
  • Motivating Your Volunteers
  • Working Well with Working Folks: Involving Evening, Weekend and Episodic Volunteers
  • Effective Management Throughout the Volunteer Lifecycle
  • Training Volunteers: Designing Training that Improves Performance
  • Strategic Management for Your Volunteer Program
  • Effectively Involving your Employees as Community Volunteers
  • Positioning Volunteers to Lead
  • Professional Development and Ethics for Volunteer Managers


  • Become a Great Mentor
  • Run a Great Mentoring Program


  • Getting Your Message Out: Basics of Nonprofit Marketing