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Karen L. Daniel – Summit Speaker

Karen L Daniel - Speaker

Ms. Daniel is a featured speaker at the upcoming UFSC 2017 National Leadership Summit

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Kansas City woman becomes another first in the business world

Karen Daniel shrugs off being the first black woman to serve as chair of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.  She has had “firsts” before.

The chief financial officer of Black & Veatch is more concerned about what she can do to help her hometown civic and business executives be more inclusive in their planning and leadership.

From her corner office at the Overland Park-based engineering firm, Daniel has great views of Johnson County growth to the south and west.  What she can’t see but holds dear is growth elsewhere in the metro area, especially in parts of the city that haven’t been helped by new development.

“My long-term goal is to help the region grow — more jobs, more visitors, better education, better transportation — and in the coming year I want the chamber to work on our vision and our strategy to be inclusive as we work toward this goal,” Daniel said.



Karen Daniel


Ms. Karen L. Daniel serves as an Executive Vice President of Black & Veatch Corporation and has been its Chief Financial Officer since January 2000.  Ms. Daniel joined Black & Veatch in 1992 and is responsible for developing and executing business strategies.  She serves as President of Black & Veatch’s Finance Division and leads the global finance organization.  She serves as President of iMG, a Black & Veatch company.  She has been Chief Financial Officer at Black & Veatch Holding Company since 1999.  She leads Black & Veatch Holding’s global financial functions including treasury, tax, accounting, financial reporting, budgeting and business systems.  She manages relationships with key financial partners and establishes corporate financial policies.  Ms. Daniel served as an Executive Vice President at Black & Veatch Holding Company.  She served as Senior Audit Manager of KPMG Peat Marwick. She serves as Vice Chairwoman of Greater Kansas City Chamber Of Commerce.  Ms. Daniel has been an Executive Director of Black & Veatch Holding Company since 2006. She serves as a Director of Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, The. Ms. Daniel has been a Director of Snap-on Incorporated since December 9, 2005.  She serves as an Executive Director of Black & Veatch Corporation, Inc. She serves as Member of the United Way Education Council, Board of Regents of Northwest Missouri State University and MRI.  Ms. Daniel is a Certified Public Accountant.


Karen Daniel graduated from Northwest Missouri State University and received her master’s degree in accounting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  She spent 11 years with the certified public accounting firm of Peat Marwick (later KPMG), rising to Senior Audit Manager.  She joined Black & Veatch in 1992 with the internal audit group, was named Chief Financial Officer in 1999 and joined the Black & Veatch Board of Directors in 2006.  In her role as CFO, she is responsible for developing and executing business strategies and as President of Black & Veatch’s Global Finance & Technology Solutions Division, leads the global finance and IT organizations.  Daniel serves on numerous public and philanthropic boards, including the KC Chamber Board of Directors, Executive, Goals and Compensation and Finance and Audit Committees.  She is a member of the Snap-on Board of Directors and Audit Committee Chair and was recently named Vice-Chair of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa.


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