Karen Boykin-Towns

Results-Driven Leader
"You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas."
Shirley Chisholm


I have spent my entire career at the cutting edge of policy, advocacy, communication, and change management. I have contributed my expertise professionally across government, the nonprofit world, and a Fortune 50 global biopharmaceutical company, while also championing civil rights and social justice organizations. As a strong voice, I’m not afraid to initiate tough conversations to build coalitions and resolve pressing issues.

We live in challenging  times, and I’m thrilled to be applying my skills to forge new paths and generate meaningful change in today’s world. That is why I founded Encore Strategies, a boutique consultancy focusing on integrating business and public affairs initiatives.

Results Driven Leader

Empowering others is part of my leadership style. When things get challenging or reach crisis level, I’m not afraid to “call a thing a thing”, raising issues that need to be addressed. Being solution oriented,I’m focused on creating strategies to  tackle the problem at hand.

I believe the path to success is best accomplished by a team approach, surrounding oneself with the right people and empowering them to do their best work..

Agent of Change

My experience in public affairs , strategic planning, and community outreach have enriched me with a knack for connecting with people across a broad spectrum.

With a unique perspective of leading businesses and organizations, and working civic, government, and corporate goals, I dynamically bridge communication gaps, bringing people together on common ground.

Areas that I’ve impacted include global healthcare policy, advocacy, public affairs,corporate affairs, diversity, equity and inclusion.

Moving forward, it’s my goal to apply and share my experience to make positive change. To achieve that goal, I serve as an Independent Board Director for Icon Fitness, Vice Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and Senior Counselor at Sard Verbinnen & Company. I am also a member of the recently formed American Airlines Community Council, and the L’Oréal USA Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board.

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