Karen is an accomplished Human Resources executive and executive coach, located in Los Angeles, CA, working with The Leets Consortium, a global coaching firm.
A creative problem solver and coach who leverages professional integrity, Karen quickly builds trust and influences new ways of leading. She focuses first on the business holistically and then develops aligned people strategies that produce positive results. She is a strategic business partner with a track record of successfully collaborating with senior leadership to develop and evolve cultures that improve employee engagement. Her cultural shift work has resulted in improved organizational communication, recasting of the Human Resources function as part of the executive team, and increased productivity. Her expertise in design and delivery of unique solutions to transform cultures, from the boardroom to frontline teams, has consistently produced quantifiable results. She has a keen understanding of the power of technology to engage employees and improve productivity.
She was most recently the Leader of Diversity and Inclusion at Transamerica Life Insurance Company, where she facilitated building a diverse workforce, partnered with community organizations, promoted an inclusive culture, and led the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy Board. She was previously Transamerica’s Senior Vice President, Human Resources, and has held senior posts at Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, BP, and American Express. She also leads a consulting firm geared to meeting HR, education, and business development needs for clients including Fox Networks Group, USC, Magic Johnson Entertainment, Web Wise Kids and the National Human Resources Association.
Karen has a true passion around guiding leaders to deliver their best performance professionally as this is a key component to employee engagement and marketplace sustainability. Her approach is one that is tailored to the culture and business outcomes of the company.
Karen holds an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from California State University, Long Beach. She also holds a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) designation and has completed the Center for Creative Leadership executive program. In addition, she has a certification in Strategic Human Resources Leadership from Cornell University.