Karen Brown is founder of Bridge Arrow, a Chicago-based management consulting company whose mission is to make leaders more effective and businesses more profitable by linking diversity and inclusion to key business initiatives. She launched the firm following a career as an experienced operations executive with multicultural, global experience promoting diversity and inclusion within the corporate, non-profit, and academic sectors.
Karen has been a featured speaker on the organizational advantages of diversity and inclusion at conferences held by, , and other organizations. Her ideas have also appeared in leading publications, include a popular article she published in 2018 in the (“To Retain Employees, Focus on Inclusion – Not Just Diversity”).
She has served as Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer with Baker McKenzie, a $2.8 billion global law firm (and the world’s second-largest). In addition, she has held senior diversity and inclusion roles at global firms Sodexo, Baxter Healthcare, Monsanto, and Rockwell Collins. She has advised numerous CEOs, divisional managers and other top executives on why they should accelerate initiatives for developing women for key leadership roles (and how to do it), how to improve company morale and productivity, how to overcome perceptions of gender and other minority biases and, thus, reduce job turnover of valuable employees, and other keys to nurturing and preserving an organization’s talent.