Karen Nelson

Managing Director, People Operations & Employee Owner

Karen Nelson

Alma Mater
University of Kentucky

What She’s Passionate About

Helping others to experience a high quality of life personally and professionally. Karen loves supporting and encouraging everyone to embrace their innate talents, unearth their passions, and optimize the use of their skills and knowledge.

Her Professional Experience

Karen spent over 20 years as a technology professional in a variety of roles within entrepreneurial firms, mid-sized companies, and large corporations, including Fidelity Investments and LensCrafters (now Luxottica). As a software engineer, a mid-level manager, and an executive, Karen has relied on her ability to build relationships, create collaborative environments, engage resources, and deliver results. In 2008, she stepped away from the corporate environment to spend quality time with her family and to pursue an interest in Positive Psychology, eventually becoming a Certified Professional Coach through the International Coach Federation. Her interest in people, performance, and potential led her to join TiER1 in 2011.

What People Say About Karen

Karen loves to stir up things with a joke. She believes the world needs more authentic connections, warm influences, and simple, daily joy.

She’s Not All Business

As avid boaters, Karen, husband Chris, and son Jonathan can be found enjoying beautiful Lake Cumberland whenever possible. Karen is always busy plotting their next travel adventure.

Fun Fact

Certified yoga instructor.
Barefoot water skier.
Can’t live without coffee or reading.