“It’s a remarkable thing to put someone in teaching mode. In a way, you get to see the best of them.”
With more than 25 years of professional experience as an organizational psychologist and leadership
coach, Karen joined Google in 2010 to head up the company’s learning, talent, and career development
programs. Karen oversees a global team that supports more than 90,000 Googlers around the world. The
team delivers a broad range of development offerings, including executive coaching and consulting, new
hire onboarding, leadership development, manager training, diversity and well-being programs and
peer-to-peer instruction for Googlers of all levels and tenure.
Prior to joining Google, Karen led management consulting firms she helped to found and build. As the
president and owner of RedFish Consulting and principal and co-founder of Terranova Consulting Group,
Karen consulted for Fortune 100 companies, including Google for several years. Her consulting services
spanned strategic planning, executive coaching, leadership development, conflict resolution, and change
management across public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology at U.C. Berkeley and received
her B.A. in psychology from Mills College. Karen is currently a member of the Mills College Board of
Trustees, has served as the president of the Mills College Alumnae Association, and as president of the
Oakland (CA) Police Foundation Board of Directors. She is an avid reader and can also be found hiking
the hills of Marin County with her husband and two dogs.