Karen Gobler, Principal
Karen Gobler is a change management communications expert skilled in designing and driving communication campaigns that maintain employee morale and productivity, which often decline during transition. She brings a depth of leadership experience from multiple industries, including managing successful communications through six mergers and acquisitions, numerous executive changes, brand rollouts and product launches. Karen has transformed employee engagement pre- and post-change with campaign development, situational planning and contingency strategies.
Whether building relationships or messages, Karen connects with employees and fosters trust with executive teams. Translating complex concepts into simple deliverables helps organizations meet their strategic goals. She has been recognized for identifying and solving problems, creating contingency plans and implementing alternatives that help individuals and organizations succeed.
Prior to founding Vital Link, Karen served as the director of corporate communications for Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company and was responsible for employee communications, public relations and community relations. She created key positioning statements and trained senior leaders to deliver frequent and consistent messages so that employee productivity remained intact. Additionally, Karen developed a crisis communications handbook and used role play scenarios to train line managers on specific, sensitive issues.
In her role with Millipore Corporation, Karen prepared collateral materials for the acquisition of the Serologicals companies. With offices in multiple geographies, messaging was critical to keep legacy employees and acquired employees united. Additionally, she managed the communications campaigns for multiple executive changes.
Earlier in her career, Karen worked at Lightbridge, Inc. and Pilot Software, where she led international communications teams to unify messaging and positioning campaigns. She also supported the human resources, legal and executive teams on messaging during acquisition and management changes.
Karen holds a Master of Science degree in Corporate Communications from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Brandeis University. Currently, she serves on the Membership/Marketing Committee for the Human Resources Leadership Forum (HRLF) and volunteers for local charitable organizations.