Karen Loon is a Non-Executive Director and a former Big 4 senior partner. A recognized thought leader and speaker on workplace diversity and inclusion, she is the author of the book Fostering Culturally Diverse Leadership in Organisations: Lessons from Those Who Smashed the Bamboo Ceiling. Karen has qualifications in system psychodynamics and governance from INSEAD, and research interests in identity work and organisational change.
We talk with Karen about her own career journey, the lessons she learned as she transitioned out of PwC, how to prepare for corporate board director roles, what motivated her to write Fostering Culturally Diverse Leadership in Organisations, the notion of bamboo ceiling and the lessons she learned from those who smashed it, what progress companies are making in bringing diversity and inclusion, the characteristics of leaders who create culturally diverse workplaces, and Karen’s biggest wishes to make the world of work better.
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