Karla Benson Rutten

Karla Benson Rutten


Karla Benson Rutten is the founder and CEO of Benson Rutten Innovations, a coaching, consulting and training firm focused on diversity, equity and inclusion strategic leadership development. As a facilitator, trainer, and consultant, Karla works proactively and collaboratively with people, organizations, and communities to ensure their working and living environments are inclusive, equitable, safe and welcoming for all people. Karla has 19 years of experience in higher education, diversity, social justice and sexual violence prevention program development; intercultural communication; facilitation and training; building community partnerships; and creating strong, diverse and equitable communities.  Karla is also the Vice President of Community Engagement at Girl Scouts River Valleys Council in St. Paul, where she is creating new and innovative pathways to Girl Scouting for girls of color in Minnesota. 


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