Raised in Boston, USA, Karen travelled Europe, living in Barcelona before settling in Berlin in 1994. She worked at Deutsche Welle TV and a political PR agency, before starting her own communications agency.With an early BA in English and Art History, in 2013, she received her Executive Master’s degree with a thesis on integrating international talent into local labor markets. After co-founding an executive search firm, Karen consulted for startups, international companies and the city of Berlin before helping them develop the Because Berlin campaign in 2018. Recognized as a thought leader in the fields of international communication and global mobility, as well as diversity & inclusion, Karen is a sought-after panelist and event moderator. As well as understanding first-hand the challenges faced by globally mobile professionals, her unique combination of experience and expertise led to the creation of Rising in 2019.