Director & Head of YSC Chicago
Karen is a Director and based in YSC Chicago. Since joining YSC, Karen has worked extensively with a range of multinational clients in the oil and gas, FMCG, and pharmaceutical sectors. She is part of YSC’s senior leadership team and has over 12 years of line management experience beyond her current remit. Karen is renowned for her highspeed development of executive talent, especially within organizations facing crises caused by challenging business results.
Prior to YSC Karen worked for an international leadership development consultancy across a range of clients in sectors such as government, manufacturing, retail, pharmaceutical, mining, utilities, hospitality and non-profit. Her early career was with the US Armed Forces where she served as a Lieutenant Commander Aerospace Psychologist in the United States Navy. In this role she specialized in effective teamwork and resource management of aircrew and ground support. She earned her wings as a Naval Aviator through the Navy flight surgeon designation program that included land, water and open ocean survival training, aeromedical training and pilot flight training.
Karen was awarded her PhD and MSc from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and a BSc in Psychology from the Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. A US citizen who grew up in Western North Carolina, Karen has worked internationally throughout her career which has helped her develop significant insights into the culture and diversity of individuals, organisations and management styles. In 2007, she founded and led YSC’s Houston office for three years and then headed our business in Mumbai, India for 2 years. In her spare time, Karen is an avid reader, sometimes musician and novice kayaker. She enjoys exploring the history and traditions of the Eastern Band Cherokee Indians, traveling, and acting as a Patron of the Arts.