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Karen L. Washington

Global Director, Supplier Diversity, Sustainability & Supply Chain Innovation
Dell Technologies

Karen Washington is a Dell President’s Club winner who has stepped into her corporate leadership positions in the area of wireless, telecommunications and technology with remarkable passion and plausible plans for achieving success. With a 20 year track record for igniting her teams to perform through effective team building and modeling best practices, she is the current appointed Global Supplier Diversity, Sustainability and Supply Chain Innovation Director for DELL Technologies making her responsible for leading supplier diversity globally and for providing strategic direction to the organization for complex analytic efforts and findings. For 4 years from 2014-2018, Karen’s leadership as Regional Sales Director for Dell Technologies Client Solutions Group-West Region saw a consistent 35% revenue increase. With an ability to both identify and provide effective micro management, when needed, while maintaining a macro perspective, Karen successfully provided leadership for her 11 state region which included, California, Utah, Nevada and Colorado and closed lucrative, multi-year deals. Before joining Dell, Karen achieved noted management successes starting with General Motors as a product and engineering manager for Quality and Reliability, Electric Vehicle, Artificial Intelligence, Body in White and Mid-Size Truck organizations. When Motorola needed a strategic team to contribute to the development and launch of OnStar telematics systems, Karen capitalized on the opportunity moving to Motorola and later joining its Mobile Devices team where her team was named one of the best markets in the company. A native Detroiter, Karen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Michigan State University and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is an active member in a number of organizations including the Society of Women Engineers, National Black MBA Association and Inaugural Chapter President and board member for the National Sales Network in San Francisco. She’s a married mom of 3 who is committed to a healthy lifestyle which includes cooking organic meals, kickboxing, practicing yoga and running. She believes in balance for high performance.

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