Karen Brown

Contributing associate

Karen Brown founded Bridge Arrow, a Chicago-based management consultancy, to make businesses more profitable by focusing on return on equity for employees, investors and shareholders. 

Before starting her firm, Karen was a senior executive at Sodexo, Baxter, Monsanto and Rockwell Collins, and recently served as Chief Diversity and Inclusion officer at Baker McKenzie, a $2.8 billion global law firm.  

With an understanding born of 30 years in the corporate world, Karen advises global companies on how to drive growth and profitability by promoting diversity and inclusion in their organizations. She has served as a global keynote speaker and panel moderator at conferences hosted by the U.S. Military Academy West Point, A.T. Kearney, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, among others. 

A compelling storyteller whose presentations spark conversation and spur action, Karen’s recent Harvard Business Review article on how to use data and focus groups to create more inclusive work environments has become required reading for a business class at Columbia University. Her forthcoming book, Running Rings Around the Old Boys’ Clubs, based on in-depth interviews with both female and male executives, explores the business advantages of gender equity.

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