Credera, a global, boutique consulting firm focused on strategy, transformation, data, and technology is thrilled to announce the addition of Kara Williams to Credera’s partner team. At Credera, Kara will focus on leading and growing the Denver office, building Credera’s brand and presence in the Denver area, and adding to Credera’s robust structured innovation services.
“As we’ve gotten to know Kara over the past several years, we have been consistently impressed with her and are very excited to welcome her to Credera and to the partner team” said CEO Justin Bell. “Kara will bring additional leadership to our growing Denver office and additional focus to our innovation service offerings. She is a management consultant by trade, and her innovation experience will be extremely valuable to our clients. I’m thrilled to have her on the team!”
Kara is passionate about bringing rapid progress to clients’ business challenges. Her 25-year career includes global strategy development, implementing innovation as a business practice, digital transformation, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, systems integration, and large-scale program and portfolio management. Kara is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion and creating safe spaces for colleagues to learn and unlearn together. Prior to joining Credera in 2021, Kara was a leader at two large global consulting firms and two smaller firms, where she worked and lived on four continents.
Kara holds undergraduate degrees in finance and accounting from Texas A&M University and will complete Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business LEAD global executive program in late 2021. She enjoys cycling, hiking, skiing, and exploring the food scene in Denver with her spouse, Chris, and rescue dog, Chevy. Kara and Chris have hosted three AFS exchange students over the last 12 years and remain close to their extended global family including sons, Fabio (Italy) and Rikuto (Japan), and daughter, Johanna (Germany). Kara is a level two certified sommelier and loves to cook, create custom food and wine pairings, and provide out-of-the-box recommendations to anyone looking for a new favorite.
We sat down with Kara to learn more about her journey to Credera.
Q&A With Kara Williams
What were you doing prior to joining Credera?
Prior to Credera, I lived and worked on four continents for some of the largest global consulting firms and, most recently, a small firm headquartered in Denver, where I was empowered to grow as a leader and serve our Denver community.
What led to your decision to join?
First, Credera’s culture. I’ve affectionately called my path to Credera a meaningful courtship. It was worth every minute of the nearly three years to get here.
Second, I’m excited to join at a time when I can really help grow our people and the Credera brand.
How would you describe your approach to leadership?
In cycling, riding as a group is called a peloton. The front riders take the brunt of the wind and force and create less resistance for the rest of the pack. The peloton works as a unit, with riders from the back cycling up to the front to take their turn. Sometimes this means the back of the pack needs a little more help to keep the pace. When we climb, riders have been known to put their hand on the back of those who are struggling. My approach to leadership is to be the hand on your back and empower you to push to a place you never thought possible.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career so far?
Find people who will give you honest feedback and actively seek that feedback regularly. It is easy to keep our heads down and focus on working hard, but the best improvements come when we stop, look around, ask, and take in new information and perspectives.
What are you most excited about now that you’re a part of the Credera team?
Do I really have to pick one thing? If so, I’m most excited that I joined with two other female partners at a time when Credera is taking action toward making our leadership team and firm reflect who we see in our communities. The learning, growth, and relationships we foster in the coming years will be a valuable asset to our people, clients, and communities.
Credera is a consulting firm focused on strategy, transformation, data, and technology. As a part of Omnicom Precision Marketing Group, our approximately 700 consultants across the globe partner together with clients ranging from long-time market leaders to emerging companies delivering strategy and execution leadership to create tangible business results. Credera's deep business acumen and technical expertise, combined with a deep dedication to building trusted relationships, unlocks extraordinary business performance for our clients. Our mission is to make an extraordinary impact for our clients, people, and communities.