Karen Dean Yates

Sr HR Advisor – Accel HR

After several years of HR at entrepreneurial tech companies, earning an MBA and pivoting into energy finance, Karen went back to HR to focus on energy and finance companies. Across her corporate career Karen developed specialties in merger integrations, upsizing, downsizing, navigating complicated employee matters, and transformational change.

Prior to joining up with The Energists, Karen spent almost eight years as Senior Human Resources Partner at Calpine Corporation. During her prior career she worked for top companies across the energy, financial services and technology sectors, including Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., GE Energy Financial Services, Temenos USA, Ardour Capital, Black & Veatch and more.

Karen earned a BS in Psychology and MBA from Fordham University in New York City. She also holds Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification (SPHR) from HRCI and a certificate in Organization Change Management from New York University. She is a member of SHRM, the Association of Talent Development, HR Houston, Southern CT SHRM and Women’s Energy Network.