Karen Dillon 

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Karen Dillon
Former Editor and Author
Harvard Business Review

In a time of uncertainty and disruption, there is a palpable demand for new, innovative ideas and solutions to problems. Whether the issue is global poverty or low job satisfaction for high achievers, Karen Dillon can help you find the answers. The former editor of Harvard Business Review (HBR), Karen has long chronicled the successes and failures of businesses and their leaders. Since leaving her senior editorial position, Karen has worked with some of the greatest minds in academia – including Clayton Christensen, Michael Porter, Vijay Govindarajan and Daniel Isenberg – to help them crystallize and communicate the newest groundbreaking ideas. An acclaimed writer and speaker, Karen helps organizations come to terms with the problems they face and offers proven methods of how to reinvent themselves in a changing world.

An exceptional writer and the sole author of The Harvard Business Review Guide to Office Politics (HBR Press, December 2014), Karen is an expert on navigating the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century corporation. She advises leading executives on such issues as winning influence without compromising integrity; contending with unscrupulous colleagues; managing tensions when resources are scarce; and getting one’s share of coveted assignments. 
The idea that one must be a ruthless “corporate climber,” says Karen, is wrong. By leveraging Karen’s lessons and perspectives, executives can think differently about the challenges they face and harness opportunities for greater advancement and strategic leadership.

Currently a contributing editor to HBR focused on the topics of leadership, human resources, innovation and entrepreneurship, Karen is especially skilled at personalizing the themes of her books to make them actionable and relevant to each audience. Also a skilled moderator, Karen connects people and ideas in in provocative and powerful ways. 

Karen is co-author of several bestselling titles. 
Previously the deputy editor of Inc. magazine, Karen also served as editor and publisher of the critically acclaimed American Lawyer magazine and the London-based Legal Business. She is currently a global ambassador for the Legal 500, providing in-depth analysis of the global legal market. A graduate of Cornell University and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Karen was named by Ashoka as one of the world’s most influential and inspiring women in 2011.