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Karen Hebert-Maccaro is presently Chief Content Officer of O’Reilly Media, Inc. where she is a key member of the executive management team, responsible for leading and managing the organization’s content and learning strategy. In this capacity she oversees the development of learning initiatives and programs for Safari, O'Reilly's learning and training platform, manages both creation and curation of available content, and directs the internal editorial teams in acquisition, development, and delivery of content and products for learning, training, and events. She additionally oversees the relationship and execution strategy for academic markets.
Immediately Prior to O’Reilly, Karen was Chief Learning Officer and VP of People development at healthcare technology and biotechnology companies. Most recently she served as Chief Learning Officer of athenahealth, a healthcare technology company headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts. In this capacity she oversaw all learning and development from new hire through to executive development.
Prior to her corporate roles, she had a 15-year career in academia and independent consulting. Karen held academic leadership and faculty appointments at both Babson College and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) where she was the founding associate dean of WPI’s School of Business and still holds a post as affiliate professor of business. At both academic institutions she taught undergraduate, graduate, and executive courses on leadership, organizational behavior, change management, managing conflict, influence, decision-making and organizational design.
As a practitioner, educator, researcher, and consultant she has developed extensive expertise in the areas of talent management, leadership development, influence and change management, and innovative pedagogical design.
Karen holds a PhD from Boston College, an EdM from Boston University, and a BA from the University of Massachusetts.
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