Karen Overklift

San Diego, CA, US
Field of Work 
STEM Education
 
Life Sciences/Biotech
Company 
Biocom Institute
Job Title or "Student" 
Education & Industry Outreach Manager
Education 
UCSD
Degree 
B.A. Communications
Education Level 
Bachelors
Profile Biography 
After managing the Biocom Institute’s Educating and Developing Workers for the Green Economy (EDGE) program in 2011-2012, Karen rejoined BI in 2016. Her current role includes managing the Institute’s education programs, as well as the Education and Volunteer Committees. Karen is also working to place community Supply Chain Experience Scholarship Program graduates and high school seniors who have earned digital badges in internships at Biocom member companies.
Karen is a native San Diegan, who grew up in Pacific Beach and earned a B.A. in Communications from UCSD. Prior to joining Biocom Institute, Karen’s career included community outreach, HR management, and operations management roles in local non-profit organizations. She has a passion for employer outreach, and for connecting students to internships. In her spare time, Karen enjoys volunteering for Better Education for Women in Science & Engineering (BE WiSE), and volunteering for Expanding Your Horizons San Diego.
Interests 
Writing/blogging, Reading, Other
Race & Ethnicity 
White
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, Field trip participation, In-school visit, Job shadow, Online role model
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model many times.
Availability 
No Preference
Resources 
Career exploration activities, Field trip hosting, Hands-on activities for students, Identifying other role models, Online Mentoring (email or Skype)
Program Affiliation 
Other
Other Program Affiliation 
Better Education for Women in Science & Engineering
Other Interests 
Networking/Connecting students to internships in the life sciences industry

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