Meet Our People: Karen Klein

Introducing Karen Klein

Karen joined the Cohere team three years ago after spending 12+ years at Strada Advertising, a national branding and placemaking agency in Denver. A pro juggler, Karen splits her time between The Lakes, Centerra, Kinston, and Baseline. The bulk of her time is spent working with the team to solve for items or issues that affect the board and the associations, providing support at events as needed and more recently, launching Kinston and its Hub, the sales and welcome center.

What’s the best thing—what do you appreciate most—about working for Cohere?

No doubt, it’s the people. It starts at the top with a senior management team that puts people first and truly cares for the wellbeing of the team. The understand the work and that a good team needs to hit a reset button after a big event, board meeting, or presentation.

What does community mean to you?

Community means a place where all members feel welcomed and included. It means that everyone has value and they make things better.

What has been the most rewarding project or experience for you during your tenure with Cohere and why?

The most rewarding project for me has been to build cohesion for our Colorado team. We have very disparate locations for our team and we don’t often have the chance to gather, but we have each other’s backs and everyone is willing to jump in when help is needed.

Where would we find you when you’re not working, and what would you be doing?

In the summer, biking with my husband Brad on the trails near Boulder. We can ride for miles on end without having to be on busy streets. We also like to get away and go camping with our 5-year-old corgi, George. In our super-secret camping spots, there is no cell service so you are force to unwind or just plain nap. It’s the best way to enjoy the summer months. In the winter, we’re home bodies. I like to cook, bake, and watch the Broncos.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

When I was single and about to buy my first house, I started to freak out a few days before closing. I was so scared that I would fail and lose the house or that I wouldn’t be able to make ends meet. I called my brother and he said, “shut up and make the first payment.” Well, he was right and I still think about it today. Sometimes you just have to make a decision and stick with it –with confidence. Things usually work out fine if you do.

What are you most passionate about, and why?

I would say my family. I became a stepmom when our three girls were entering adolescence. It’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever done and I put a lot of sweat and tears building authentic relationships with them and helping them as their other mother. It’s been amazing to watch them grow and painful to watch them flounder. I want only the best for them and for them to make a difference in the world.