2017 Apex Alumni Karen Grabow
Karen Grabow is a consulting organizational psychologist with expertise in leadership and organizational effectiveness. She is the retired Senior Vice President of Business Development Services at Land O’Lakes, Inc. Her prior roles included SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer at Land O’Lakes, Inc.; Vice President, Human Resources at Target Corporation, and Director of Organizational Effectiveness at Personnel Decisions, International.
Karen has a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational and Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and is a licensed psychologist. She has lectured at countless professional association meetings in psychology and agriculture, and is a visiting assistant professor at Macalester College.
Starting in 2009 when Karen and her team initiated the Land O’Lakes Executive Agribusiness Program at Purdue University (a 12 month mini-MBA program which still runs today), she added a focus on leadership to the programs in CAB, the Center for Food and Agricultural Business. Subsequently, CAB invited Karen to contribute her expertise to a number of custom programs, and in 2015, Karen worked with CAB to produce a people-focused National Conference entitled People, Performance, Productivity. The success of that conference led to Karen’s work with CAB on their new professional development offering, Managing Talent to Win.
A believer in giving back, Karen has long been highly engaged in community service, serving on and leading her school board, serving on a major health system board, leading a local professional association of organizational psychologists and serving other professional and charitable organizations.