Karen has spent her entire career as an entrepreneur and intraprenuer innovating and leading digital transformations. She was part of the executive team at American Express that pioneered web-based corporate travel ticketing, she lead the initial digital transformation of 140 newspapers’ real estate classified advertising. Karen has also lead innovation teams within airport security, transit, magazines, banking, and other vertical industries.
Karen has been part of the executive team of two acquired digtital start-ups. She has advised over 275 startups with a focus on business models and rapid execution. Currently Karen is the Founder of Lean Creative Labs which focuses on developing a team’s creative and innovative mindset and skillsets to drive measurable economic value. Karen also the founder of WE Design Think and 50 ACTION 50.
Karen teaches business model design and entrepreneurship at 1871 in Chicago as well as at UChicago Booth, and to a variety of internal groups/associations.
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