Karen Walker is an executive coach, consultant, speaker and author - focused on helping senior leaders create internal strategies that support their organizations’ external growth. Karen helped lead the (then) fastest growing - and fastest to $1B annual revenue - company in American history: Compaq Computer. from startup to $15 billion in annual revenue. After 14 years there, she left to launch her consultancy.

She now serves as an executive advisor, coach and consultant to CEOs and senior organization leaders to grow their companies — with outcomes including IPOs, acquisitions, market share increases, and dramatic leadership development. Karen’s work has enabled sustained growth in a multitude of companies, including startups, Inc. 500 and Fortune 500 firms

Karen has a B.S. degree in engineering from Texas A&M University and graduated from the ODHRM program at Columbia University. She has served on advisory committees to Rice University and Texas A&M University, and on the executive board of The Alley Theatre. 

No Dumbing Down: A Guide for CEOs on Organization Growth is a book for a company’s senior-most leaders. It teaches them how to do a job only they can do: aligning the organization’s internal and external strategies for profitable, sustainable growth. This book will help CEOs and other senior leaders create and align the internal strategies and structures that support external growth.

"No Dumbing Down is a “must read” for any new or seasoned CEO, looking to effectively grow their organization. With inspirational and relevant quotes from leaders in industries and with analytic tools, Karen navigates the pitfalls we all encounter that impact a company’s culture. It is not enough to look at the bottom line and focus on team-building; good CEO’s must constantly assess how they actively harness a culture of performance. This book doesn’t just ask leaders to reflect on the possibility of culture shifts; it demands it! " -Miki Kapoor, CEO Verana Health