About Me

Karen Walker is the president and principal consultant at Oneteam, Inc., a consulting firm that helps senior leaders create internal strategies that support their organizations’ external growth. 

Decades ago, Karen helped create the (then) fastest growing company in American history: Compaq Computer. After working at Compaq for fourteen years, she left to begin Oneteam. 

She now serves as an executive advisor and consultant to CEOs and senior organization leaders to grow their companies — with outcomes including IPOs, acquisitions, market share increases, and dramatic leadership development. Karen’s work has enabled sustained growth in a multitude of companies, from startups to Fortune 500 firms, including Aetna and BMC Software.

Karen has a B.S. degree in engineering from Texas A&M University and graduated from the ODHRM program at Columbia University. She has served on advisory committees to Rice University and Texas A&M University, and on the executive board of The Alley Theatre. 

She resides in Jupiter, FL, although she can most often be found aloft in seat 2C.

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I had the pleasure of working with Karen at Compaq Computer Corporation and Texas Instruments. Karen is one of the most talented colleagues with an amazing depth and breadth of business acumen that spans functions and industry sectors. Karen is able to drive numerous complex priorities while demonstrating the utmost professionalism, gaining the respect of all those she interacts with. She is flawless in her execution. I highly recommend Karen, and would be pleased to discuss her outstanding abilities at any time.
— Cathleen Nickel, VP Compaq Computer
Karen has an uncanny sense of how to draw out the best in people - to get them to realize that the effective team is greater than than the sum of its parts . . . It is impressive to watch and even more moving to experience the transformation that she engenders. Champlain’s engagement of Karen has been one of the best moves we have made. Our leadership team has benefitted tremendously and the lessons we learned from Karen serve us well every day.
— Dr. David F. Finney, President Champlain College
 Compaq Computer

Compaq Computer

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Her clients say that her move from corporate leader to strategic consultant has given them the opportunity to realize powerful capabilities and results. She works with individuals and organizations in a wide variety of settings and industries.


Set your major goals in the context of why you want to achieve them, not just what you want to achieve,” says Karen D. Walker, president of Oneteam, Inc. “Having clarity about intention will increase the quality of your decisions and will keep you going when there are bumps in the road.
— Karen Walker