Kara is a dynamic and results-oriented business professional with over 20 years of experience in human resources and project/program management. After beginning her career as a management consultant with a Big 5 consulting firm, then moving onto account management and HR leadership for two different technology companies. Kara joined Global Human Resources at Bank of America in 2007. Since that time, she has exhibited her adept leadership skills delivering HR projects on time and under budget while continually expanding the scope of her accountabilities. In 2014, Kara became the Global Program Manager for Integrated Portal Strategy, a program designed to improve and advance the Bank's online employee experience by simplifying and streamlining access to HR tools and information. HR Connect was launched in 2016 and has won multiple industry awards, including 2016 HRO Today’s Innovation in Technology and NNg’s 2017 Top 10 Intranets. Kara parlayed her success in building this program from the ground up into her newest role supporting the build-out of a new Identity & Access Management (IAM) Enterprise Process Oversight (EPO) function at Bank of America. Kara is a NC native, happily married for two years to her husband, Derek, with two fur babies. As the daughter of a retired Army general, Kara is a fervent supporter military and veterans affairs. Kara is an avid volunteer with a diverse array of interests ranging from working with orphans in Ghana, Africa to her 4-year tenure on the planning committee for Dress for Success Charlotte’s Ultimate Power Lunch, a signature fundraising event. In her spare time, Kara enjoys spending time with her family & friends, cooking and trying new recipes, traveling, working out and performing in local community theater. As many others today, Kara has a "side hustle" selling SeneGence cosmetics and skincare. Her company, Belle Curve Beauty, strives to empower women to feel beautiful and confident, so they can put their best selves out into the world. As a leader and through all aspects of her life, Kara hopes to inspire others to seek out new experiences, treat others with unexpected kindness, look for beauty in all things and embrace a zest for life.