Kara Helander - Advisor, Diversity & Inclusion Strategies and Corporate Social Responsibility
Kara Helander partners with senior leaders to design and build transformational diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategies. Her consulting clients include BlackRock, Microsoft, Cisco, Nike and Chevron, and her work has been featured in The New York Times, Fortune and the Wall Street Journal.
As Managing Director at BlackRock, she led the firm’s global diversity and inclusion, and philanthropy initiatives. In 2015, Harvard Business School profiled those efforts she directed in the case study “BlackRock: Diversity as a Driver of Success”. Kara also led Barclay’s Global Investors’ CSR program.
Prior to BlackRock, Kara launched the Western Region Office for Catalyst, the leading research and advisory services organization dedicated to the advancement of women in business. She conceived of and created Catalyst’s CEO Summit and she also built Catalyst’s research series on women in technology.
Kara received her BS magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University and her MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with Director’s Honor List.