Karen Skelton

WHY Karen is a major force behind positive women’s events and issues, including and especially The Women’s Conference with Maria Shriver. She served as editor of the three different editions of The Shriver Report and the head of The Women’s Conference. While much of what Karen does has a national impact, she is equally responsible for positive change locally with her business Skelton Strategies — as well as putting Sacramento professionals on the map. See bio from UC Berkeley, where she is a national advisory council member for the University’s Institute of Government Studies.


–3 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE SACRAMENTO? Sierras, rivers and trees.

–FAVE LOCAL CAUSE? WIND because they help homeless teens in meaningful ways.

–WHICH SACRAMENTO WOMAN INSPIRES YOU? Our house cleaner, Amy Qi, was once homeless/abandoned Chinese immigrant, and now a single mother raising two daughters at Sac State and a son in the military. She is a hardworking, dignified and loving woman living on the brink and pursuing the American dream.

–WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE IN SACRAMENTO IN 5 YEARS? An arena and more single men for my unmarried friends.


–IF I WASN’T IN MY CURRENT CAREER… I’d be hiking in Tahoe because my feeble brain thinks better when it’s in motion.

–LADY MENTOR GROWING UP? My grandmother Effie Mae Skelton.

–BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? Love your family – in the end, they’re the ones who will stick by you.

–ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO A SACRAMENTO WOMAN IN HER 20’S? Don’t drink and drive, especially in the Tulle fog.

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  1. Lin Larson says

    Just wanted to say thanks to Karen Skelton regarding her special article to The Bee on Saturday, March 21st regarding the blue sycamore trees. What an outrage to “make an artistic statement” about Sacramento by spending $25,000 to hire an “artist” to paint trees blue. Now we have the Koons fiasco, a decision made by a small committee, costing millions without the input of Sacramentans who will be subjected to looking at it every time they approach the arena. “Great ideas” that negatively effect the population of Sacramento for years after these decisions are made are an affront to our senses and sensibilities. Karen wrote an excellent testimony to that effect regarding the blue trees.

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