Karen Brown

Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Baker McKenzie.

Karen Brown is an experienced Operations Executive with a background rich in multicultural, global experience and travel to over 50 countries. Over 27 years leading Operations including 15+ years focused on Diversity & Inclusion. Industry experience includes: legal, agriculture technology, avionics communication, global healthcare, hotel, management, consulting, food service & facilities management, as well as, non-profit, and academic sectors. Adept at leading global organizations, and using data analytics as insights for decision-making, influenced key business outcomes and corporate-wide practices. Managed staff of over 70 associates and budgets of over $1M. Key areas of expertise include advising Board of Directors and top executives on appropriate strategies for the organization, and making policy recommendations, which enhance business results, and increase people performance.

She founded the management consulting company, Bridge Arrow, whose mission is to connect the dots, linking Diversity & Inclusion to a business problem, making leaders more effective, and businesses more profitable. Bridge Arrow serves the overall global hub, bringing people together in the D&I and Human Capital community, bridging the gap between people seeking D&I and Human Capital services and experts who have a wealth of knowledge.

WHAT OTHERS SAY

“Change agent with exceptional leadership abilities and the capacity to influence leaders to take action.”
“Thought-leader who understands the importance of aligning corporate diversity strategy and implementation with key business drivers.”
“Has ability to connect diversity & inclusion to boardroom agenda.”
“Savvy connector and leader who utilizes exceptional communication skills to empower people.”
“Creative, with executive presence, exceptional organizational skills and astute communication abilities to make things happen.”

ASSOCIATION

National Association of Corporate Directors Governance Fellow

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Strategic business driver, coach, synergist and visionary for the second largest law firm in the world, Baker McKenzie. Appointed the firm’s first Global CDIO. Developed new global supply chain plan which resulted in annual multi-million-dollar cost savings and reduced costs.
  • For Monsanto, revitalized executive diversity and inclusion council, comprised of 21 of the most senior business leaders, chaired for the first time by CEO and Co-chaired by President and SVP of Strategy.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Baker McKenzie, Chicago, IL, 2015 – 2017
Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Monsanto, St. Louis, MO, 2013 – 2015
Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Baxter, Deerfield, IL, 2009 – 2012
Corporate Director Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, IA, 2006-2009
Interim Executive Director, Diversity Focus, Cedar Rapids, IA, 2006 – 2009
Director, Workforce Diversity, Senior Marketing, Finance and General Manager, Sodexo and Marriott, USA,
1989 – 2006

EDUCATION

Certificate, Developing Leadership Competencies: • IESE Business School • New York, New York
M.A., Urban Affairs: Human Resources, Planning & Administration • Norfolk State University • Norfolk, Virginia
B.S., Hotel / Restaurant / Institutional Management and Dietetics • Kansas State University • Manhattan, Kansas