Karen Williams is an entrepreneur, speaker and Founder/CEO of Cultural Avid formerly MinTech Agency, focusing on Diversity Recruiting and Retention Strategies. Under MinTech Agency Karen worked with a range of organizations from fortune 500 companies to startups with the mission to increase diversity in their engineering departments. During Karen’s time running MinTech Agency she noticed numerous reasons companies were struggling to attract and convert diverse talent which led her to pivot her company’s focus to identifying and improving the root of the issue with the launch of Cultural Avid in 2022.
Karen studied Business Administration and Human Resource Management at Strayer University, where she received her BBA. She serves as a member of WITT (Women in Technology of Tennessee) Scholarship Committee and the Nashville Technology Council Diversity Committee.
For her immense efforts to increase diversity in tech, Karen won the Nashville Black Chamber Rising Star award in 2019, and was a finalist for the 2021 Nashville Next Awards Emerging Entrepreneur and Technology startup of the year. She has since been featured in a local publication, Nashville Business Journal, Nashville Post, and Urbaanite and national publications Essence and Business Insider.