Karen Wheeler is a dynamic leader who designs fresh solutions to old operational problems. She brings a learning mindset and engaging personality that builds trust in an organization while establishing a vision for the future. An influential thought leader who brings authenticity and credibility to any leadership team, Karen is a J.D. with extensive, continually advancing leadership experience from an award-winning $6.5B aerospace and defense federal contractor, SAIC. During her tenure at SAIC, Karen earned a reputation as the “go-to” resource to resolve complex operational and people challenges, improving performances and work cultures across areas that included contracts, procurement and human resources. An advisor, coach, and mentor to C-Suite executives and senior leaders, Karen brought her business, legal, and financial savvy to develop goal-aligned solutions in the highly regulated industry that were ethical, compliant, risk-balanced and cost-effective. Karen, who lives in Fairfax, VA, attained a J.D. degree from Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, and a B.S. degree in Political Science from Radford University.