Member Highlight: Karyn Polak

Feb 14, 2024

Karyn Polak
Founder and Chief Activator, Systems Entrepreneur

Karyn founded Shift the Prism Advisory to support changes in mindsets, systems, and approaches to capital and development – sparking engagement and collaboration from the hyperlocal to the national and international level within public, private, non-profit, and community spaces.

She previously served as a senior counsel, trusted advisor, and C-suite executive in her various roles at Citigroup, PNC Bank, and Transamerica — from her first senior position as General Counsel for Citi Private Bank to her most recent as Chief Legal Officer for Transamerica. She also has over a decade of experience advising global financial institutions, multinational corporations, and family businesses in corporate finance, securities, and mergers and acquisitions at three top-100 U.S. law firms.

Throughout her career, Karyn has consistently sought to reduce inequities and increase inclusion through concrete contributions as a business executive, board member, mentor, and community convener and connector.

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