Name: Karin Blair
Where were you born and raised?
South San Francisco, CA – “The Industrial City”. I like to think of myself as a fifth generation San Franciscan, although to say that would be letting a good story be unburdened by absolute facts.
What’s a short story around the biggest transition you’ve faced in life?
I have faced many transitions in my life – from the death of my father at a young age, to relocations to new states and countries, to embarking on my third career (from consulting, to life science executive to business owner). I know well both the grief and possibility of transition and am often practicing the art of letting go. While transitions can be hard, I love the opportunity for learning and growth that they provide. I am more adaptable, resilient and confident as a result of taking chances to dive into the great unknown. I have lived the advice of Charles DuBos and understand both the wisdom and challenges of his words – “It is important to be able, at any moment, to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.”
What’s the once piece of advice you’d give a younger you?
You don’t have to do it all on your own; it is OK to lean on others for support. You can be capable and vulnerable at the same time.
Your Personal Why?
To “be the change I want to see in the world”. I am constantly challenging myself to bring a fuller / truer version of myself into the world, breaking free of limits imposed by me or others. Through my actions, I hope to inspire the same in others so we can collectively build a better future.
How does your Why drive you to be a part of the THF Ecosystem?
I am passionate about leveraging the power of diversity in the many forms it expresses itself. For me, this means learning to value our difference versus run from it, judge it or fear it. I believe that creativity and innovation flourish when leaders and teams value and leverage diversity. I want to help organizations see, understand and value the diverse experiences this community has to offer.
Military Connection or Why do you respect Special Operators?
I respect and admire the acts of leadership required of the Special Operators and their intimate understanding of the true meaning of team. To lead in the face of uncertainty with clarity of purpose, confidence and humility are ideas easy to espouse and hard to practice. I have great respect for the courage, commitment, resilience and adaptability of these leaders.
Favorite THF Value, and why?
Practice Artistry – Because artistry is about emotion, connection and expression. I have spent too many years up in my head, missing some magical moments that cannot be predicted or planned. To practice artistry is to be vulnerable, real and truly present. It is to surrender control and yet it also requires great courage, commitment and discipline. I love that each expression is unique while also connecting us through what is shared in our humanity. I am committed to practicing artistry each day – letting my truest expression emerge and meeting someone in theirs. I believe it is from this place that we do our greatest work.
Area/Industry of expertise:
I am passionate about working with the innovators and change-makers of today and tomorrow with a particular emphasis on life science and technology sectors. I help leaders operate at the sweet spot of strategic leadership. Through executive coaching and strategic advisory services, I partner with my clients to bring greater clarity and alignment to both how they lead and where they lead.