Karen Inkel leads a team of nearly 40 and is responsible for creating and implementing a well-defined advice strategy for Thrivent—a key priority for the organization. With more than a decade of financial services experience, Inkel motivates the Minneapolis organization’s workforce while integrating and amplifying advice and planning solutions. In her first three months in her new role, Inkel advanced Thrivent’s advice methodology and started building a differentiated experience for clients to access advice when and how they want it. She’s leading the development of a streamlined advice and planning program and working cross-functionally to deploy it to Thrivent’s nearly 2,000 financial advisors nationwide. Inkel’s leadership has helped Thrivent to streamline its training, improve tools for financial advisors, and deliver a more consistent client experience.