Karen Fleshman, Esq. is a diversity and inclusion strategist, public speaker, and writer. She helps people and companies understand how conscious and unconscious biases work and develop an inclusive culture where all viewpoints are welcomed and valued. She consults both on her own and in collaboration with her trispectives partners, Dr. Dionne Wright Poulton and Dr. Verenice Gutierrez.
Despite growing up in one of the least diverse parts of the country, Karen's commitment to social justice for marginalized communities began in elementary school. She has worked for diverse, inclusive organizations throughout her career, where her mentors, mentees, colleagues, leaders, friends and most of all, the people she served helped her develop cultural competency. Prior to starting her consulting practice in the Bay Area, Karen was a founding team member of Year Up New York, where between 2007 and 2012 she led a fundraising and events team that fueled its growth from serving 27 students a year to 270 students a year. Previously, she served in the Giuliani and Bloomberg administrations in the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development in a variety of capacities, including Assistant General Counsel. She is a cofounder of Citizenship NYC, a Mayoral initiative that assisted 50,000 New Yorkers to apply for naturalization, and of Ladders for Leaders, a Mayoral initiative that connected low-income high school students to corporate internships and college. Karen began her professional career as an immigrant community organizer in Austin, Texas.
#DiversityInTech: Exploring Intersections of Race and Gender at Work
Join us at this panel discussion where women professionals from racially diverse backgrounds explore, discuss and unpack how gender and race intersect in the workplace.
Talking About Race at Work: Workshop
This workshop is a follow up discussion from the 'Exploring Intersections of Race and Gender at Work' panel.
This Meetup is aimed at empowering those who want to do something about racism but struggle with what specifically to do.