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

Sparking tough conversations to build coalitions and resolve issues


I have spent my entire career at the cutting edge of policy, advocacy, communication, and change management. Professionally, I have contributed my expertise across government, the nonprofit world, and a Fortune 50 global biopharmaceutical company, all while passionately championing civil rights and social justice organizations. As a strong and influential voice, I never shy away from initiating tough conversations to build coalitions and address pressing issues.

In these challenging times, I am thrilled to apply my skills to forge new paths and generate meaningful change. That is why I founded Encore Strategies, a boutique consultancy focused on integrating business and public affairs initiatives.

Results Driven Leader

As a results-driven leader, I empower others and fearlessly tackle difficult situations head-on, working tirelessly to find effective solutions. I firmly believe that success is best achieved through a collaborative 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 has enriched me with a unique ability to connect with people across a broad spectrum. With a diverse background in leading businesses and organizations, and working towards civic, government, and corporate goals, I thrive in bridging communication gaps, bringing people together on common ground.

My impact has been far-reaching, encompassing areas such as global healthcare policy, advocacy, public affairs, corporate affairs, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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

Throughout my journey, I have been fortunate to receive recognition for my achievements and contributions. Featured in prominent publications like Savoy Magazine and acknowledged as a “Top Influential Woman in Corporate America,” I am committed to being a driving force in business, public affairs, and social change. As we face the challenges of today and beyond, I continue to be fueled by my passion for positive transformation and my dedication to making a lasting impact.

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