Karen Oliver-Behee

Karen Oliver-Behee

Founder & President

HR Executive and Business Consultant

Karen Oliver-Behee is a successful business leader with a wealth of knowledge, gained through her experiences working with industry leaders across construction, financial services, healthcare, higher education, insurance, manufacturing, renewable energy, and technology.

As a former Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Karen understands the challenges of running the business day-to-day while preparing the HR team and broader organization for the future. Today, Karen spends her days running ON-RIVER, managing the team, and delivering high quality results to their diverse growth and change focused clients.

She has become a “go to” global resource and speaker regarding:

  • Transformation and Change Management
  • HR Strategy, Organizational Effectiveness, and Organizational Design
  • Talent Management, Culture, and Engagement
  • Merger & Acquisition Integration
  • HR Program, Technology, and Operations

Karen earned her B.S. degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and her M.B.A degree from North Park University, Chicago.

Beyond work, Karen is dedicated to advancing conversations and improving outcomes across our community. Over the past two decades, she has been involved with numerous non-profits and civic organizations as board member, committee member, member at large, and as a patron. She brings her bias for action to all her civic work. Karen is most frequently found launching or growing causes that evolve the HR profession, advance healthcare, advocate for children, or expand access to education.

Articles and Presentations


  • Employee Retention & Organizational Growth, YPO 2022
  • Five Steps to Successfully Accelerate M&A Integration, MISHRM 2020
  • The Changing Role of the CHRO, MISHRM 2019