Karen Kosiba Edwards

Karen Kosiba Edwards

Boyden

Karen Edwards has 25 years’ experience consulting with boards, CEOs and government on a range of strategic matters.

Also, Karen Kosiba Edwards draws on her own experience serving as a public company director, and as a C-level executive, to help clients build diverse, high-performing leadership teams and boards of directors. Her deep expertise in all areas of finance and banking is also a major asset to our clients.

Professional Focus

  • Experience as a C-level executive, corporate consultant and investment banker
  • 20 years’ experience serving on the boards of public and private companies; strong command of corporate governance leadership and best practices; special interest in sourcing diversity & inclusion; expertise in assembling boards and structuring executive compensation
  • Background in investment banking and capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, regulatory compliance, business valuation, financial institutions, fintech, venture capital, wealth management, cross-border investment, retail brokerage, insurance and real estate
  • Expert advisor on growth, turnaround and risk management strategies
  • Federal government regulator and consultant to domestic and foreign governments
  • Industry thought leader with speaking engagements at Deloitte, CFA Society, Institutional Investor, and UPWARD
  • Proficient in English, French and German

Business Expertise

  • Public company board member; advisory board member and investor in early-stage tech companies
  • Financial and strategic consulting; business brokerage
  • Senior Vice President of business development for ultra-high net worth multi-family office
  • COO of firm managing early-stage funds for angel investors; helped create successful VC fund WomenAngels.net
  • Managing Director of Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co., Inc.: co-founded and built investment banking group; became partner prior to firm’s own IPO
  • Director of Resolutions – Oversight Board for the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC), a temporary federal agency tasked with overseeing disposal of assets from failed savings and loans (S&Ls)
  • Consultant to financial institutions globally on capital markets; advised the Chinese government on failed bank resolution strategies; trained investment bankers at China’s largest commercial bank; introduced US wealth management concepts to Chinese investors
  • Prior experience in B2B sales, alternative energy, retail investing, underwriting commercial insurance risks

Practice Memberships

Industry Practices

  • Financial Services
  • Technology

Cross-Sector Practices

  • CEO & Board Services
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital
  • Professional Services

Additional Sector Expertise

  • Banking & Capital Markets
  • Institutional Asset Management & Alternatives
  • Insurance
  • Public Sector
  • Real Estate
  • Wealth Management & Private Banking

Education & Certifications

  • MBA from University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business
  • BA from Carleton College, Minnesota
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
  • Series 7, 63, 24

Affiliations & Awards

  • Member, Board of Trustees, Darden School of Business; former Alumni Board Chairman
  • Member of:
    • Women Corporate Directors, and Chairman, DC Chapter Program Committee,
    • Women in Technology Leadership Foundry Steering Committee
    • National Association of Corporate Directors
    • Former President, CFA Society of Washington

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