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Team Bio

Karyn Oates

Consulting Director



Karyn Oates is the Consulting Director at Ethos, developing DEIB strategies, building robust client relationships, and implementing large-scale consulting projects.

Karyn is a DEIB strategist with a master’s degree in Human Resource Management. She has ten years of experience developing people strategies and advancing DEI initiatives at the Chicago Public Library Foundation, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Karyn is passionate about creating equitable organizational cultures where all employees—and particularly those from marginalized groups—can navigate their careers with dignity. She is an ensemble member at Definition Theatre Company.

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