Gyals Creating Change

We are excited to bring you a series we call Gyals Creating Change where we will occasionally showcase female pioneers making an impact in their communities. Our goal is to support their work and empower you Gyals to support them too. Our first Gyal Creating Change is the Karen Fleshman (, a sought after public speaker who's mission is to dismantle systemic racism. Prior to starting her consulting practice in the Bay Area, Karen was a founding team member of Year Up New York, where between 2007 and 2012 she led a fundraising team that fueled its growth from serving 27 students a year to 270 students a year. Previously, she served in the Giuliani and Bloomberg administrations in the City of New York Department of Youth and Community Development in a variety of capacities, including Assistant General Counsel and Director of Internal Review. She is a cofounder of Citizenship NYC, a city service that assisted 50,000 New Yorkers to apply for naturalization, and of Ladders for Leaders, a city service that connects low-income high school students to corporate internships and college. Karen began her professional career as an immigrant community organizer in Austin, Texas.

Karen has now partnered with Dr. Dionne Wright Poulton, and Dr. Verenice Gutierrez to create trispectives, a training consulting group focused on making workplaces more diverse, inclusive, and engaged. Come out to their first joint engagement on October 26 at General Assembly in San Francisco. More details in the link below:…/exploring-in…/san-francisco/18072

Are you a Gyal Creating Change? If so please visit the GCC section above and tell us about yourself!