Co-Founder & Chief Empowerment officer
By day… Karen is a holistic financial planner and investment manager working alongside families and tax-exempt organizations helping them harmonize their financial behaviors with their investment and philanthropic goals. It is in this expression that the greatest potential can be achieved. In her work with Sullivan Bruyette Speros & Blayney LLC, Karen is the Senior Director of Financial Planning. Karen is an impact investment industry expert and also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and Certified Trust Financial Advisor working with varying degrees of wealth complexity. Over the past 20 years, Karen has led a variety of impact and sustainable investment initiatives important to her clients as they discover how their wealth can impact society. Among Karen’s non-profit clients, she has led strategic planning that involves a deep understanding of investment and grant making governance that has led to the organization’s optimization of investment and grant making capital.
Her heart for women… began as a young child growing up in extreme poverty in a single female headed household where her mother was not mentally equipped to care for her and her siblings. Karen served as the head of the household at a very young age and felt a strong sense of duty and loyalty in caring for her siblings. It is through her own journey in overcoming barriers to alleviating poverty, that she developed a sense of justice and community awareness. It is her life’s work to help women and children discover their own inner strength and to also utilize resources in finding a pathway to success. As a student of finance and economics, Karen strongly believes that it is in our society’s best interest in achieving fiscal sustainability, if we align our resources and influence to enable others to become economic participants.
Abigail Skeans, Esq.
Co-Founder & Chief Impact officer
By day… Abby is the Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Charles Koch Institute where she plays a key role in the organization’s grant making portfolio on a national level. She was formally the CEO and Founder of Glossator Advising. In that role, Abby set the strategic direction of the firm, pioneered new methodologies to uniquely serve clients and projects, and ensured that “maximum social impact” is associated with Glossator’s brand integrity.
Over the years, Abby has counseled philanthropy, government, and the private sector on: (1) new areas of impact, giving, and policy, (2) cross-sector strategies and partnerships, and (3) brand and charitable model development, focusing on issues ranging from: poverty and opportunity for low income children and families, international development, child welfare, criminal and juvenile justice reform, economic policy, free speech, toleration, and polarization to millennial engagement.
Her heart for women … began 25 years ago as Abby watched her incredible single mother make uncompromising sacrifices to ensure the best life possible in a time when emotional and financial complexities were difficult to endure. Her mother’s dedication led her to become a lawyer, focusing on family and juvenile law, working on behalf of children and families for the past several years from East Africa to Eastern Kentucky. Today, Abby is committed to using her capabilities in the service of improving the lives of women, children and families in her city, Washington, D.C.