About Dr. Karen
Dr. Karen Hills Pruden
Recently nominated for the 2022 Change Maker Award by the Real Money Talk Summit, C-Suite Coach, Dr. Karen Hills Pruden, is an award-winning author, global keynote speaker and female senior leadership career elevation strategist. With a background in operations and human resource leadership, her career spans two decades and several industries including education, museums, home improvement, non-profit, and tax preparation.Dr. Karen worked her way up from an entry-level position to a seat at the table in the C-Suite. Dr. Karen is a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE), a designation for forward thinking, diversity and inclusion leaders. Her life work is a full commitment to help women influence and impact their way into senior leadership.
Dr. Pruden transformed her life from a teenage bride to a Global Powerhouse C-Suite Executive. She now motivates thousands of female professionals annually to influence and impact their way up the corporate ladder to pursue career goals that they once thought were impossible. Her blueprint is, ‘No Excuses, Make It Happen!’
Dr. Pruden influences female leaders through keynote speaking, coaching, workshops, and writing leadership /inspirational books; resulting in 17 #1 Amazon Bestsellers. Dr. Pruden works as a Chief Human Resource Officer for a Virginia university. She is the CEO of Pruden Global Business Solutions Consulting and the Founder of the Sister Leaders Conference. Dr. Pruden recently launched the television channel Boss, Brand & Business TV that is the home to diverse programming for professionals desiring excellence and exceptional quality in business. Dr. Pruden is an international TV Host for her show, Leadership Is Served, a candid, uncensored conversation between two leaders that covers the good, the bad, and the opportunities of leadership. Her show is aired in 200+ countries.
Dr. Pruden has been interviewed on the Kim Jacobs Show, Believe in Your Dreams Television, Roland Martin Unfiltered, ABC, NBC, and CBS affiliates. She has been a featured speaker at VASHRM, Society for Diversity, Black Wall Street, Level-Up Summit, Power-Up Summit, Success Women’s Conference, SpeakerCon, VCU, NSU, Thomas Nelson Community College, Black CEO, CNU, Global Fluency, EmpoweringHER, NAACP, You Are Enough Conference, Sister Leaders Conference, Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Black BRAND. Dr. Pruden has graced the same conference stages as Les Brown, Dr. Cheryl Wood, Shawn Fair, Lisa Nichols, Gloria Mayfield Banks, Dr. George Fraser, Nikki Woods, Dr. Jodi Watley, and Keri Murphy.
Not one to be put in a box, Dr. Pruden graduated from Yale University’s Women’s Leadership program and Cornell University Women’s Entrepreneurship program. This Ivy League professional development exposed Dr. Pruden to the fact that there is a commonality of challenging business and people issues, even internationally. Dr. Pruden uses her education and expansive experience to assist female professionals in corporate and entrepreneurship. One of Dr. Pruden’s hottest publications is Pruden Principles: 10 Strategies to Propel Women to the C-Suite. Dr. Pruden was recognized by Virginia’s former Governor Ralph Northam for her commitment to work in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
Dr. Pruden is an award-winning multi-faceted entrepreneur who helps her Sister Leader Community achieve prosperity through developing leadership competencies to excel in their chosen career. Awards: 2022 Change Maker Award (Nominated), 2021 Level Up Summit Servant Leader of the Year; 2021 Leader In Equity Award from Virginia Beach Coalition; 2019 Recognized by Governor Northam (VA) for work in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; 2019 ACHI Magazine Author of the Year Award, 2019 Motivational Speaker of the Year #SPEAKCON2019 (Nominated), 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Leader Award (Urban League Hampton Roads), 2018 ACHI Magazine Woman of Influence Award (Humanitarian) and 2018 ACHI Magazine Woman of Achievement Award (Nominated).