Kara Laverde is a past chair of the ATD Forum, and is the Principal and Owner of Seattle-based Laverde Consulting. Kara has more than two decades of experience in leadership development, adult learning, and organization development, and is a seasoned consultant, facilitator, curriculum designer, and change leader.
Past experience includes serving as the Deputy Director of Learning and Leadership at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where Kara led enterprise-wide leadership and management development, as well as the learning and professional coaching functions.
Kara’s consulting experience is cross-sector, including public, private, non-profit, and philanthropic organizations. Here early career was in social work and she lives the social worker’s mantra of "starting where the client is" in her consulting practice.
Kara has a BA from Smith College and an MSW from the University of Washington.