Karen Gallagher Giangrande
Karen is a seasoned brand developer and builder of some of the most iconic brands in the US and globally including Gillette Mach3, Keurig, and Ninja kitchen appliances, serving as a VP of marketing for these brands. Her passion lies in uncovering and interpreting deep consumer insights in order to create relevant and compelling product development and creative execution that resonates with consumers and drives strong net promoter scores for the brand and longstanding brand loyalty. Karen is a firm believer that by profitable business growth, a company can serve the social business of making a difference in the world. That requires great consumer products, solid brand image and a concrete mission in the highest levels of the organization to truly give back to the people, to designated communities and serving those most in need with a purpose and material improvements for those communities. Examples of this include P&G’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water program, supplying safe drinking water for children in Kenya through its water purifying program PUR, Keurig’s partnership with Catholic Relief Services and Blue Harvest to help small towns regain their livelihoods from disease invested high quality coffee bean farms and SharkNinja’s support of local charities called Project IMPACT where employees are encouraged to volunteer at least 40 hours per year to a charity of their choice, using work time versus vacation time to do so.
Karen is a firm believer in giving back to those most in need. She helped her then 8-year old daughter, for 10 years, run the 501(c)3 organization, The Winter Warmth Project…For Kids, By Kids, donating new winter warmth items to children in need in Lawrence, our nation’s 26th poorest city. The project received significant grants from the Ronald McDonald Charity House Foundation, Timberland, Land’s End, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and the Red Sox minor league affiliate the Lowell Spinners. The project collaborated with the Lawrence School Department, the Lawrence Mayor’s Office and St. Augustine School in Andover, to ensure specific children and those most in need at specific Lawrence schools, received a brand new, gift wrapped coat at Christmas time. Over the 10 years the project raised more than $500,000 and served over 10,000 specific children in need in Lawrence. The project was recognized nationally by Angels Soft Angels in Action and the Washington Children’s Museum as well as locally by the Boston Celtics Heroes in Action program.