Karen Walker is the president and principle consultant at Oneteam, Inc., a consulting firm that helps senior leaders create internal strategies that support their organizations’ external growth. 

Decades ago, Karen helped create the (then) fastest growing company in American history: Compaq Computer. After working at Compaq for fourteen years, she left to begin Oneteam. 

She now serves as an executive advisor 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, from startups to Fortune 500 firms, including Aetna and BMC Software.

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. 

She resides in Shelburne, VT and Jupiter, FL, although she can most often be found aloft in seat 2C.

7 Habits of Highly Effective Entrepreneurs: Are They Doing Things You’re Not?

Set your major goals in the context of why you want to achieve them, not just what you want to achieve,” says Karen D. Walker, president of Oneteam, Inc., a consultancy in Shelburne, VT. “Having clarity about intention will increase the quality of your decisions and will keep you going when there are bumps in the road.

Silicon Cowboys - Official Trailer

A documentary has been created about Compaq Computer and the beginning of the era of open computing. Directed by Academy Award®-nominated director Jason Cohen and produced by Ross M. Dinerstein (JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI) and Glen Zipper (Academy Award®-winning UNDEFEATED), it is based on the book OPEN by Compaq's founder Rod Canion.

“A fascinating account of maverick innovators during the Wild West era of personal computing…vivid and evocative.” – Variety

“A lively look at an underexposed tech-biz success story.” – The Hollywood Reporter

In theaters and On-Demand 9/16/16. http://filmrise.com/silicon-cowboys/ Launched in 1981 by three friends in a Houston diner, Compaq Computer set out to build a portable PC to take on IBM, the world's most powerful tech company. Many companies had tried cloning the industry leader's code, only to be trounced by IBM and its high-priced lawyers.

Corporate Leader, Strategic Consultant, Executive Advisor, Speaker

Her clients say that her move from corporate leader to strategic consultant has given them the opportunity to realize powerful capabilities and results. She works with individuals and organizations in a wide variety of settings and industries.
It is no longer enough to be individually technically good at your position – you also need the ability to operate well within a team. Today’s organizations need teams where individuals are working at their peaks - no dumbing down!
— Karen Walker

Karen has been an incredibly valuable asset to the strategy and growth of our business. Her work began in the area of strategic planning and now includes staff development, growth assessments, talent acquisition, organizational structure...and global growth strategies that include M&A. She is a trusted advisor to our senior leadership, counted on in numerous ways. Her character is impeccable, which goes along well with acute business acumen.

— Steve Schlesinger, CEO Schlesinger Associates
Karen has an uncanny sense of how to draw out the best in people - to get them to realize that the effective team is greater than than the sum of its parts . . . It is impressive to watch and even more moving to experience the transformation that she engenders. Champlain’s engagement of Karen has been one of the best moves we have made. Our leadership team has benefitted tremendously and the lessons we learned from Karen serve us well every day.
— Dr. David F. Finney, President Champlain College
My work with Karen made me a more effective CEO. Some of the moves we made led to our most profitable quarter ever.
— Tara Carillo, CEO, The Clearing