Karen Ware

IT and Operations Senior Associate

As the IT and Operations Senior Associate, Karen provides the necessary support to ensure internal systems work efficiently and effectively, equipping staff to provide exceptional results for their clients and stakeholders.

Karen also provides support to the general business operations for the company and serves as an implementer and thought partner in a variety of other projects with the goal of streamlining her colleagues’ work.

Striving to be an internal and external role model, Karen is quick to challenge herself with new projects and assist in others’ work.

Prior to Geneva Global, Karen received a Certificate of Completion in Windows Server 2012 from Entre Computer Solutions in Machesney Park, IL, a degree in Network Administration from Rasmussen College in Rockford, IL and has been in the IT field for nearly a decade.

Why did you decide to work at Geneva Global?

I knew working at Geneva Global would give me the opportunity to join a company in line with my own values. I had an opportunity to make a difference both domestically and internationally – something I looked for but hadn’t encountered until now. Not only does this company care about its clients, but it also gives just as much thought into how its employees are treated and valued.

What three words would you use to describe GG/your colleagues?

Inspiring. Welcoming. Knowledgeable.

What’s an interesting fact that others would not know about you?

An interesting fact that others don’t know about me is I am very competitive. I was a track and field athlete, who not only competed at the Penn Relays but also qualified and competed in two Junior Olympics competitions for Triple Jump. I was a triple jump track coach, trained and competed in Martial Artists tournaments, and served as an Assistant Children’s Martial Arts Instructor.

What book, film or quote has shaped the way you think?

One quote that has shaped the way I think is, “Be a barrier breaker!” I’ve been told multiple time that I couldn’t do or be something to which I say, “Watch and learn.” With that mindset, I have earned many awards, obtained positions, and gained acknowledgement in areas where I was told would not happen for me. Not only does this inspire me to continue to be a “barrier breaker,” but it also inspires others to do the same. We all ROCK! So, let’s get out of our own way and shine.