WILMA’s Leadership Institute: Meet Karen Williams

Snapshot of this year's Leadership Institute members

WILMA’s 2023 Leadership Institute, an annual nine-month program, gives area women the opportunity to learn from leaders in the region, visit a range of local companies, and serve as each others’ personal board of directors.

The program is part of WILMA’s Women to Watch Leadership Initiative, created to help develop more women leaders in our area.

Meet institute member KAREN WILLIAMS.

Karen Williams

Williams KTitle: EHS Program Manager

Company: GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

How long have you been with your current employer? 18 years

Alma Mater: DeSales University

Prior career experience: I’ve worked in EHS for most of my career for companies including, B. Braun Medical Inc., Georgia Pacific Corp, and Invista Corporation. Upon starting at GE, I began my career in GE Aviation as an EHS Specialist. I transitioned into the GE Hitachi Nuclear business in 2008 and worked in various positions including Quality Leader, Worker Concerns Leader/Ombuds and Sr. Environmental Leader. In May 2022, I was promoted to EHS Programs Manager.

Current job responsibilities: As the EHS Programs Manager, I lead a team of EHS professionals that provide environmental and industrial safety compliance for the GE Wilmington site having over 1100 employees and 1600 acres of property.

Hobbies: I love spending time with my husband, two children and two dogs. I love Disney World, the beach, exercising and trying out new recipes on Pinterest!

To learn more about WILMA’s Leadership Institute and Initiative, go to wilmamag.com/women-to-watch.

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Categories: Women to Watch