Harbour Workshop provides strategic advice to leaders and organizations working to advance the social good.
Your social impact work is important. We will invest our expertise to refresh your practice and help you ensure that your social engagement portfolio produces real results.
Harbour Workshop helps you discover and implement new approaches to elevate your social sector practice. Our role is to help you do your work even better.
Discover new approaches that refine and elevate your social sector practice.
Design and implement innovative pro-social initiatives.
Boost your organization’s capacity to think and act more creatively and systemically.
We provide a port for you to regroup, get a fresh perspective about your work, and think. We will invest our expertise to refresh your practice and help you ensure that your social engagement portfolio produces real results. We want your work to:
Yield significant and sustainable social benefits.
Contribute to business growth.
Advance the organization’s social mission.
Broker knowledge, relationships, and reputation capital.
Boost your team's capacity, creativity, and productivity.
Work, Our Work
We view our clients as social innovation partners.
Think and act for good.
Our advisory process is designed to enable you to think comprehensively about your work; what is being done, how it is being done, and how it can be done better to achieve results that can be measured and sustained over time. We use collaborative, strategic thinking methods to design solutions for lasting social change. We will help you chart the course from where you are to where you want (and probably need) to go.
Our work is dedicated to bringing about sustainable social good.
Collaboration is central to our methodology.
The best solutions come from cooperative efforts.
Integrity, honestly, hard work, and solid ethics are not negotiable.
Complex challenges excite us.
We come alongside our colleagues to get the work done.
We believe in work that has impact.
The most vulnerable in our society have real strengths to be deployed against the greatest challenges.
Work to inspire others.
Work hard AND have fun.
Here are snapshots of our work.
Advancing Girls Education in TanzaniaGanacko Secondary School... Karatu, Tanzania
Harbour Workshop leads by example. Our maisha(life) initiative fuels community advancement in Tanzania by supporting secondary education for girls.
New York City Cultural Organizations Prepare for the FutureMuseum educators prototyping an idea... New York City, NY
The Cool Culture LAB for New Audiences strengthened the capacity of museum educators to design creative programming to meet the needs of diverse audiences.
Enterprising Approach to Grantee Capacity BuildingLeaders sharing their fresh insights... Montrouis, Haiti
An international foundation used innovative convening methodologies to help grantees discover new ways to improve and scale their work.
Maximize your organization's social investments
Karen Proctor is founder and principal of Harbour Workshop LLC, a social innovation firm. Karen established the firm with one simple desire in mind—to help senior leaders and organizations design creative solutions for lasting social change. Scholastic, the University of Notre Dame, the Guggenheim Museum, Babson College, The School of Visual Arts, the National CARES Mentoring Movement, and Cool Culture are current or recent clients.
Karen’s accomplished career has been devoted to working across the public and private sectors to address issues ranging from hunger to school reform. She has been the chief social responsibility administrator and strategist for global corporations and major market radio stations. A nationally recognized leader in the social impact space, Karen has advised corporate CEOs, non-profit, and philanthropic chief executives, as well as federal and state senior level officials. Her work in service of more than 200 organizations has honed her expertise in strategic thinking and planning, program design, implementation, evaluation, and cross-sector collaboration. Karen is known for her thought-leadership and passion for producing transformational outcomes. She is currently a senior fellow with Babson College’s Lewis Institute for Social Innovation. She teaches a course on leadership for social innovation for The School of Visual Arts Master's in Design for Social Innovation program.
Just prior to launching Harbour Workshop, Karen was Scholastic’s Vice President of Community Affairs and Government Relations where she established and led the company’s public affairs practices. During her tenure Karen directed the company’s global corporate giving initiatives and spearheaded enterprising national pro-social and public policy initiatives that markedly contributed to business growth and improved educational opportunities and conditions for millions of children and families. As Director of Community Relations for the National Basketball Association Karen led the Leagues’ community relations initiatives and served as the chief community relations consultant to NBA and WNBA clubs.
Karen’s non-profit and philanthropic sector leadership includes roles as President and Trustee of the Maurice R. Robinson Fund and Chair of the Board of Directors for New York’s Literacy Assistance Center. Karen has served on numerous governance and advisory boards including the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College’s International Advisory Board. She currently serves on the board of PENCIL, New York City’s public education advocacy organization.
Karen has appeared on national television and radio programs including NBC’s Today Show, CBS This Morning, and The Tavis Smiley Show (radio) and has been a featured speaker and panelist at major business and industry conferences. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
"I have encountered very few people who understand the complexities of non-profit organizations as deeply as Karen does. She has a rare ability to meld the ideals of a non-profit organization with the realities they confront on a daily basis to develop strategies that are mission focused and realistic. I can’t think of a more trusted, and valuable, advisor than Karen."
— Michael Haberman, Managing Director, Northeast Region, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase
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