Cantabile alto and California native Karen Ashcraft is a Professor in the Department of Communication at CU Boulder and Director of COMM RAP (Communication & Society Residential Academic Program), a live-in learning community for first-year students. She received her PhD in Organizational Communication from CU Boulder. Karen created the concept of a “glass slipper” which she defines as “similar to the “glass ceiling,” except it captures systems of gender-race privilege and disadvantage when it comes to the professions.” She won an award for this creation in 2014 from the Academy of Management.
This will be Karen’s second season with Cantabile. Karen loves reading, eating and drinking well with friends, playing piano and traveling. “I love the liminal time on a plane, when you have a long flight and no one can reach you and you have no obligations.” She also enjoys getting outside and walking/hiking. Given a week with no commitments, she would “rest and shut out the world for a few days. Then play with the people I love.”