Karen Donaldson, MBA – 2012 Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive Leader Awardee


Karen Donaldson, MBA

Vice President, North America
Talking Talent
Columbia University

Donaldson has over 15 years of executive development experience and is a coach with expertise in managing professional and personal balance, leadership development, facilitation, and succession planning. She has helped leaders achieve their full potential in companies such as IBM, GE, Johnson & Johnson, LeBoeuf, Linklaters, KPMG, Financial Times, Marsh McLennan and Spiegel Brands. She also provides consulting to New York University’s Stern School of Business and Office of Career Development. She focuses on women’s leadership and has designed and delivered workshops at New York University’s Stern Women in Business Conferences, Columbia’s Women in Business Conference and Harvard University’s Women in Business Intercollegiate Business Convention. She works with clients to clarify their goals and develop specific plans, then holds them accountable to taking steps to achieve them. She held global responsibility for succession planning for several of IBM’s largest groups, and also held positions at Andersen Business Consulting and New York Life Insurance Co.