A lifelong student of creative strategy and marketing with over 10 years of  experience working with global brands, entertainment and music clients in both client-side and agency-side positions.

Karen Staughton is a Portland based writer, thinker, reader and strategist. She began her career in the UK music industry running her own award-winning agency then as Head of Digital at Columbia Records before shifting focus to brands like Converse, Coca-Cola and Spotify. In 2015, she became a mom, a repatriated American and an agency brand strategist in quick succession and has since worked to launch campaigns and experiences for YouTube Music, Blue Apron, Adidas, Nike and Google. Her work has been featured in The Drum, AdWeek, Contagious, Campaign and has been recognized by Cannes Lions and Lovie Awards.

Karen approaches her life and work with healthy cynicism, unstoppable curiosity and a real ‘why’ obsession in hopes of finding the interesting. You can find her sharing thoughts and questions on strategy, creativity and the world on Twitter.