"There is a greater sense of urgency bringing change in society and corporate America. Currently there is a window of opportunity that will eventually close, so it is imperative that we move at a deliberate speed as it relates specifically to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts."
- Karen Boykin-Towns
Encore Strategies is a boutique consultancy firm focused on providing strategic counsel for businesses with complex challenges. Specializing in communications, health policy, public affairs, partnership development, advocacy, diversity, equity & inclusion we leverage these areas of expertise for winning solutions.
What We Offer
We define, develop, and steer the implementation of strategic communications, planning, and partnership development to achieve win-win outcomes.
Who We Are
In 2018, Karen Boykin-Towns founded Encore Strategies, to focus on integrating business and public affairs initiatives. She is a distinguished strategist who has forged a reputation as a global business and civic leader. She has spent her entire career at the cutting edge of policy, advocacy, communication, and change management.
She has contributed her expertise professionally across government, the nonprofit world, and a Fortune 50 global biopharmaceutical company, while also championing civil rights and social justice organizations.
Currently, she serves as Senior Counselor at Sard Verbinnen, a leading communications firm in the United States for corporations, institutions, and prominent individuals.
During her 22-year tenure at Pfizer, she held senior executive positions in public affairs, government relations, global policy, and human resources. She was selected by Pfizer's CEO to serve as its first Chief Diversity Officer. In this role, she developed and implemented an integrated, global strategy that elevated diversity and inclusion as a competitive advantage for the company. Her last position for Pfizer was Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Pfizer's $34 billion innovative medicines business.
Karen serves as Vice Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She is also a board member of Icon Fitness, the Visiting Nurse Services of New York (VNSNY), Brewster Academy, American Airlines Community Council, and L'Oréal USA Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board. She previously served as Co-Chair of the Business Council of New York State.