Karen has a history of getting things done. At frog she built an international recruiting team that helped the consultancy grow from 300 to 600 people in just four years. It’s one of the many positions where she has fostered lasting relationships to place candidates at home and abroad.
She often amazes people by managing to be both engaging and methodical at the same time, a talent she developed in college. She was raised in the Midwest and studied International Relations at the University of Wisconsin, which means she learned how the consumption of cheese affects politics worldwide. She also studied both Mandarin Chinese and French, continuing both while living in the south of France during her Junior Year. That’s multi-cultural multi-tasking for those of you keeping track.
After graduating she secured her unofficial title International Woman of Mystery by moving to Bangkok, Thailand to focus on the safe resettlement of Vietnamese refugees. After seven years, a desire to prove she could survive an even more intensely humid climate took her to Hong Kong, where she broke into the fashion publishing industry using a single contact. This earned her the secondary unofficial title of Networking Ninja.
During this time she managed to avoid any personal encounters with karaoke and durian, which she considers the world’s stinkiest pastime and fruit, respectively. Unfortunately she also missed all Seinfeld episodes, so save your soup Nazi jokes for someone who will understand them.
Her decade abroad also taught her everything she needed to know about what matters most: maintaining meaningful relationships with talented people. Equipped with an extensive book of contacts and a growing love of design, Karen moved back to the Bay Area and began a rather short-lived career in business development for boutique graphic design firms.
Out of the goodness of her heart, and unconscious hopes of karmic payback, she connected several people with compelling employment opportunities, and in the process realized her true gift was putting people together. Destiny landed her at a small creative staffing agency where she made her most important contact: her future business partner Marta, who cried when Karen left the firm to join frog. In order to ease her separation anxiety, Marta followed Karen to frog later that year.
When she’s not using her basset hounds to sniff out the best talent (and clever puns) she can be found in an exotic location enjoying great food and wine. And craft beer. But not anchovies or sea urchins. Those she gives to Marta, who can fully appreciate both strongly-flavored seafood and Seinfeld references.