Sewanee and Yale Collaborations

Karen Proctor

Founder and Principal, Harbour Workshop, LLC
B.A., University of Notre Dame

Karen Proctor is founder and principal of Harbour Workshop LLC, a boutique social innovation firm that provides strategic advice and consultation to leaders and organizations working in and with the social sector. Karen’s accomplished career has been devoted to working across the public and private sectors to address issues ranging from hunger to school reform.

Karen has been the chief social responsibility administrator and strategist for media, publishing, and sports organizations including major market radio stations, Scholastic, and the National Basketball Association. A nationally recognized leader in the social impact space, Karen has advised corporate CEOs, non-profit and philanthropic chief executives, as well as federal and state senior level officials. She honed her experience and expertise by working with more than 200 organizations on issue analysis, strategic thinking and planning, program design, implementation, evaluation, and cross-sector collaboration. Known for her thought-leadership and passion for producing transformational outcomes, Karen is a Social Innovation Fellow with Babson College’s Lewis Institute for Social Innovation. She also served on the ConvergeUS Council of Innovation Advisers.

Just prior to launching Harbour Workshop, Karen was Scholastic’s Vice President of Community Affairs and Government Relations where she established and led the company’s public affairs practices. During her tenure she spearheaded enterprising education and public policy initiatives that improved educational opportunities and conditions for children and families. As Director of Community Relations for the National Basketball Association, Karen served as the chief community relations consultant to NBA and WNBA clubs. Her consultation included designing capacity-building training programs for team community relations and marketing executives. She was also responsible for developing and implementing national public service programs and producing NBA All-Star Weekend events and community impact initiatives.