Welcome to this edition of the DomainTools Employee Spotlight blog! In our last post we unveiled Susan Prosser’s passion for dogs and experience in the tech industry. This round we are examining the one and only Karen Kuhar. Karen Kuhar (known fondly as “General Kuhar” around the office) is a woman of many talents. She is not only our exceptional HR support, but an advocate for education, dedicated Sci Fi geek, and reader extraordinaire.
Karen’s passion for education comes as no surprise to anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting her two accomplished daughters. Her involvement in education ranges from her participation in the Fr. James Mallahan Endowment Board for over seven years, to a three year stint as an Auction Coordinator for Community for Youth. Karen does everything she can to stay in touch with the community with a focus on introducing women to the technology profession at any age.
DomainTools has grown substantially in both our number of employees and customers over the past few years. Karen has grown in her HR role at the same exponential rate. Having a Finance degree and a Masters in Literature (a story for another paragraph), meant that Karen has invested a lot of time in immersing herself in HR in this second career. Karen received her certification two years ago and belongs to every possible HR professional group, including Society for Human Resource Management or SHRM (where she also volunteers). In her spare time, she coaches at the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) to help first time interviewees break into tech. She is a founding member of Seattle Startup HR, a professional group that facilitates idea-sharing amongst tech companies who usually have tiny HR Departments. Finally, Karen is a part of a networking group with a focus on Women in Technology (WIT).
Last but not least, Karen is a Sci Fi/Fantasy geek through and through. She has an immense love for Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Isaac Asimov, George R.R. Martin, Morgan Llywelyn, and Emerald City Comicon (which she visits with her girls every year). As I mentioned earlier, Karen has a Masters in Literature. So as you can imagine, she LOVES reading books which can be found in heaps in every room of her house, sometimes even hidden behind the drapes. Not only has she dreamed of opening her own book store, in years past her Christmas treat to herself is to be a holiday gift wrapper at an independant Seattle bookstore.
In conclusion, Karen’s passion for education, HR, and the world of techlandia make her an incredibly valuable asset here at DomainTools. We are lucky to have her, and look forward to growing as a company with her help and expertise.