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Business Executive to Meet with UW MBA Students Friday

February 8, 2018

A results-oriented executive with more than three decades of extensive business experience in a diverse range of industries will speak with University of Wyoming Master of Business Administration (MBA) students Friday, Feb. 9, at 10:30 a.m. in the College of Business.

Karen Bard will share her vast knowledge of business/technical strategies and commercial/financial orientation – decision making, uncertainty and risk analysis -- as part of the MBA Program’s Executive Speaker Series.

Bard’s professional background includes key leadership positions with Wyndham Resorts, EBL Disability Services, Elizabeth Bowey Lodge Foundation, Premier’s Council for Women (South Australia), Northern and Yorke Wildlife Consultative Committee, Australian Women in IT Science and Engineering, Women in Innovation and Technology of South Australia, ReservoirTeam Inc., CIO Executive Council, Colorado School of Mines, Executive Council of Australia, D&MB Services and Santos Ltd.

From petroleum engineering to information technology to disability services, her work has taken Bard around the world and across multiple professions in a variety of leadership roles, including director, executive, strategic leader and board consultant.

Bard holds two degrees in petroleum engineering -- from the University of Missouri and from Colorado School of Mines. She also is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

The MBA Program’s Executive Speaker Series this spring allows UW MBA students the opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions and receive real-world learning experiences from a group of diverse industry leaders, including CEOs, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, financial service representatives and sports industry executives.

The UW MBA Program is accepting applications for the 2018 fall semester and will admit qualified students on a rolling basis until the cohort group is filled or June 30, whichever comes first, says Tanner Parmely, MBA Program coordinator.

For more information, call Parmely at (307) 766-2449 or email

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