Karen has a long history of further developing early stage technologies from university research labs and launching them into the commercial marketplace. These commercialization efforts led to spin-off companies in optoelectronics, medical devices, and agriculture via Southeast TechInventures, Inc. (STI) and Ag TechInventures, LLC (AgTI) – innovation labs she co-founded. Karen’s business experience encompasses both corporate and entrepreneurial worlds with over twenty-five years of successful leadership experience in executive management, start-ups, and technology commercialization. Karen started her career at a Fortune-500 insurance company holding positions of increasing responsibility from computer programmer, to controller, to general manager of a 500-person Property & Casualty service center. Before founding the innovation labs, her first entrepreneurial venture was launching a franchise bioremediation company that she later sold. Her next entrepreneurial venture was co-founding a Silicon Valley based software company. Along with her professional duties Karen serves as a board member for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, the North Carolina School of Science and Math, the NC IDEA Foundation, and LCBA Life Insurance Company.
University of Dayton (MBA)
Eastern Michigan University (BBA Information Technology)