Part-Time Professor, Parsons School of Design
Director of Strategy & Design, Globant
Mom, Young Boy
Managing projects from concept to reality, she uses her diverse bag of business tricks including design thinking, facilitation, and data-driven communications to design services and programs that help humanity create a healthier world. In her fifteen years of international experience, she has worked with diverse clients including Silicon Valley’s startups and tech giants, nonprofits in emerging economies, government agencies, philanthropic foundations, and more. This has taken the shape of scaling marketing operations internationally for a cleantech accelerator, restructuring Laos’ largest sustainable tourism initiative, and redesigning the service delivery for the world’s largest accessible transportation system.
Karen’s first career was as a dance teaching artist and her passion for creativity, self-expression, and teaching shines through in her work.
Karen has spent 15 years in new and shifting markets where she works to understand the underlying systems at play and design ways to disrupt the status quo through positive change. Karen’s education includes: a Masters in Strategic Design and Management from Parsons School of Design; an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from Harvard; the study of systems analysis and design at UC Berkeley; dabbling in architecture at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin; and extensive culinary training with her parents.
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