Karen Baker, 2020 CEO of Influence

Karen Baker, 2020 CEO of Influence

From the Idaho Business Review

Karen Baker attributes her career successes to other great leaders willing to share knowledge with her.

“From the very beginning, I think it came down to mentors,” Baker says. “I’ve been fortunate to always have a great leader around me that really wanted to share their wisdom.”

Baker’s career began in 1985 as a financial analyst doing internal audits. She moved into the nonprofit sector in 1991,
finding her corporate knowledge and experience translated well. She also found nonprofit industries suited her  management style.

“I really believe in servant leadership. I try not to micromanage my staff or dictate the process in which they achieve their goals,” she said. “There’s nothing greater for me, as a leader, than seeing my staff shine.”