Karen Clark Cole: CEO Co-Founder of Blink, Founder of Girls Can Do, and Possibility Thinker

Blink UX Research & Design - 770 11th Ave San Diego, 92101 San Diego
Tue, Aug 6, 2019, 5:30 PM (PDT)

About this event

Join us for an in-depth Fireside Chat with Karen Clark Cole, CEO & Co-Founder of Blink UX. Karen is primarily focused on Blink’s culture, employees, communicating the company vision, and setting the company’s growth strategy. She is also the Chief Operations Officer (COO). Karen began her career studying Fine Arts in Vancouver, BC at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design. She holds a degree in Art History & Visual Arts from the University of Victoria and is a graduate of the Information Technology & Multimedia program from Capilano University, Vancouver. Karen also started a Ph.D. program in Values-Driven Leadership at the Benedictine University in 2015. 

Through her work at Blink, Karen was a winner of the 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year award and she was a finalist for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award in 2015. In 2016, Blink was listed on Forbes Magazine's Best 25 Small Companies in America list and has won the Puget Sound Business Journal's Washington's Fastest-Growing Private Companies award in 2015 and 2012, Seattle Business Magazine's Tech Impact Silver Award in 2015, The Women President's Organization's 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Led Companies Worldwide award in 2014, and was listed on Inc. Magazine's Top 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies in America list in 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

Karen is an active member and speaker for the International Leadership Association (ILA)(ILA), an active member in the Small Giants Community, and a board member for the World Trade Center. Karen is currently the Executive Director and President of the Board for the non-profit organization she founded in early 2014, Girls Can Do. Girls Can Do is an event series for girls with the mission to inspire a generation of Possibility Thinkers and ignite a vision for Equal Opportunity.

Karen currently writes a column for Forbes.com on the Entrepreneurs Channel and has been written about in Inc. Magazine, Puget Sound Business Journal, Geekwire Magazine, Seattle Business Magazine, Center for Values-Driven Leadership, St. Margaret's School, Chapter Be, LTD Daily, and The Pacific Institute.

Karen was born and raised in Victoria, Canada, and she loves to ski, run, garden, kiteboard, and hang out with her amazing daughter.



Tuesday, Aug 6
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)


Blink UX Research & Design
770 11th Ave San Diego92101

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