Karen Fleshman

Founder & CEO
Racy Conversations, Inc.

Karen Fleshman, Esq. is an attorney, activist, single soccer mom, & a nationally recognized expert on racism, feminism, workplace fair practices, police brutality, & politics.

Working in nonprofits & local government, Karen came to understand that racism is the underlying problem in our society.

In 2014, Karen founded Racy Conversations, a workshop facilitation company, to help people feel more willing & able to communicate honestly with each other about racism, & to do so with increased empathy & understanding. Racy Conversations are held in communities & universities throughout the United States to inspire the first antiracist generation. In workplaces, Racy Conversations change culture by creating a brave space to address unconscious bias, micro aggressions, sexual harassment, & allyship. Organizations including the Sierra Club, the Wikimedia Foundation, Yahoo, Sony, Xero, Salesforce, Upwork, KARGO, & Mode Analytics have hosted Racy Conversations.

Karen's passion project is to build interracial sisterhood & raise antiracist children. She is the author of a forthcoming book for white women about racism, blogs for Huffington Post, Moguldom, & Blavity, & is a Medium Top Voice on Racism, Feminism, & Politics. Karen cohosts Inclusive Conversations in cities across the United States, events designed to unite women across age, race, sexual orientation, & class. She frequently facilitates workshops on “How to Teach Your Kids About Racism.”

With her Women’s March sisters from across the country, Karen was arrested five times at the US Senate protesting the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh & once protesting family separation. Karen is a police accountability activist, & she serves on the workgroup overseeing implementation of the United States Department of Justice recommendations on ending bias at the San Francisco Police Department.

Karen is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, University of Texas at Austin, & New York Law School, & is admitted in NY.

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