Karen Linder

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Karen A. Linder
Born 1960
Omaha, NE
Residence Omaha, NE
Alma mater B.S., Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1982
Occupation Author
Spouse(s) James Linder
Children 4 sons, 2 daughters

Karen A. Linder (born 1960) is an American author, artist and businesswoman. In May 2012, she wrote The Women of Berkshire Hathaway, published by John Wiley & Sons.[1]

The book examines broad trends of women in corporate America and looks at case studies within Berkshire Hathaway, a company once dominated by men. She notes that although women continue to lag far behind men as CEOs and board members, there has been a marked increase in recent years in the number of female business leaders in the United States.[2][3] She frequently lectures on the subject of increasing the business leadership roles of women,[4] including programs sponsored by the US Small Business Administration.[5]


Linder has written and edited numerous scientific articles, chapters and books. She was founding editor of the Journal of Cytotechnology, and is a past president of the American Society for Cytotechnology.[6]

She is also an accomplished artist, and her paintings and sculptors feature contemporary landscapes and unique floral patterns,[7] and her works are housed in more than 100 institutional and private collections.[8] [9] [10] She is a Board member of arts and educational organization including the Museum of Nebraska Art[11] and KANEKO a leading cultural center in Omaha, Nebraska. In June 2014 she was elected to the Board of Governors of Nebraska Wesleyan University.[12]

In 2012, she founded Linspiration, Inc., a consulting service that mentors and educates entrepreneurs.[13] She also was a co-founder of Pipeline, a three-state organization which connects high-growth entrepreneurs with investors and mentors.[14] She is a board member of the Nebraska Angels[15] and of SkyVu Entertainment a leading mobile gaming company.[16] She is founder and principal of Linseed Capital[17] and lectures on approaches to secure angel funding.[18][19]

She is co-founder and president of Tethon3D, a company that provides products and services for 3D printing of ceramics by additive manufacturing techniques.[20]

Awards, personal and family[edit]

In 2013 she, as a cofounder of Linseed Capital was recognized as Investor of the Year in the Silicon Prairie[21]In 2014 she and Jim Linder received the Entrepreneurial Leadership Award for their work in supporting new companies in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.[22] In June 2014, Linder was one of ten women honored by the Women's Center for Advancement for her work, achievements and lifelong commitment to helping women and children stay safe.[23] Linder is married to James Linder, M.D., a physician and business executive. The couple has six children.

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