Karen brings over 20 years of corporate experience in senior Human Resource positions at Allianz, The Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, PepsiCo, and Dow Chemical where she addressed a variety of large-scale talent issues including senior executive development, succession management, employee engagement and retention, employer branding, diversity, organization redesign, and culture integration.
Throughout her career, Karen has coached senior executives taking on larger roles, transitioning to a foreign country, leading a new team, or aligning an existing team. In addition, she has helped numerous executives improve their leadership style, management skills, and communication skills.
Kendrick is the founder and Managing Director of Sapphire Advisors, LLC. She works with senior leaders and organizations to create leadership, culture, and change strategies that support business growth and transformation. She combines a strong emphasis on strategic and analytical thinking with sound business judgment and deep global expertise to deliver practical, high value outcomes.
Karen holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Houston, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She serves as a guest lecturer in the business schools of the University of California at Los Angeles, University of Southern California, and University of California at Irvine. She is active in local philanthropy work and is a founding member of a global mentoring program for high school girls in Nairobi, Kenya.