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Karen Fisher, The Shareholder Forum Karen Fisher
The Shareholder Forum
2012 Annual Conference Committee
Karen Fisher
Managing Director
The Shareholder Forum
 
Biography
Karen Fisher is Managing Director of The Shareholder Forum and President of Forum Tools, Inc. The Shareholder Forum* conducts programs to provide investors and corporate managers with free exchange of information relevant to valuation and proxy voting decisions. Forum Tools, Inc., is a new affiliate that provides openly accessible identity verification services for effective corporate management of investor communications.

Karen has held executive positions as Vice President of Investor Relations and Compliance for various technology and Internet companies including DivX, Inc., BakBone Software, and MP3.com, an Internet music company and one of the largest Internet IPO's. She relocated to San Diego in 1999 from Phoenix where she held executive positions with SpeedFam, a semiconductor capital equipment maker and Atlanta-based UPS.

From 1993 to 1997, Karen was the Assistant Director of Securities for the Arizona Securities Division where she worked with both the Securities and Exchange Commission and NASDAQ on the regulatory side of investor relations, investor education and corporate finance. Karen's marketing and corporate communications expertise also extended to investment banking as the Director of Corporate Communications for Robertson Stephens from 1991 to 1993 working with their venture capital and mutual fund divisions, as well as the investment banking organization. She began her investor relations career at 3Com Corporation in 1990.

Karen currently serves on the board of directors for the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) San Diego Chapter, Athena San Diego and non-profit Jeans4Justice. Karen is also an Entrepreneur in Residence with UCSD in their Springboard CONNECT program. She is past President for Phoenix-based Enterprise Network, a leading business networking organization, and she has served on various allocation committees for United Way. In addition, Karen was an Adjunct Professor with Phoenix College instructing young entrepreneurs on the art of developing business plans. She held similar teaching positions with the Kauffman Foundation in their FastTrac entrepreneurship programs.

Karen is a member of the Corporate Directors Forum, National Association of Corporate Directors, Association for Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals and Athena San Diego. She served on the NIRI National annual conference planning committee for its 2011 national conference and is a recent recipient of the NIRI scholarship from the University of Michigan. She also is a member of the Corporate Governance Peer Group for NIRI National. Karen attended Arizona State University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Finance from the University of Phoenix.

*The Shareholder Forum™ acts as an independent, non-partisan moderator of programs to provide both investor and corporate participants with access to information and free exchanges of views relating to shareholder capital commitment and voting decisions.


 *subject to change

 

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