Santa Clara University


Karen Needham, CEP, Charles Schwab & Co. , Director of Relationship Management and Education

Prior to joining Schwab, Karen  was a founder and  Managing Director of Independent Stock Plan Advisors, LLC, a boutique consultancy that specializes in creating and delivering sensible solutions to a wide range of issues that companies face in designing and operating globally offered stock-based incentive pay programs.

With over 20 years experience in the equity compensation field including as,,Director of Training, for UBS Financial Services.  Karen served as a senior member of the stock plan product team, she oversaw internal and external product training efforts. Working with financial advisors, administrators and corporate clients to ensure that products and services offered by the UBS Corporate Employee Financial Services group were being utilized fully by all concerned.

Karen joined UBS from E*TRADE where she was Senior Manager of Training , Education and Consulting Services which included all aspects of administration employee equity compensation share plans, including tax, regulatory, and payroll compliance matters, as well as HR, financial, and administrative considerations.  

Prior to E*TRADE Karen was a senior member of the equity compensation and administration group at Genzyme Inc, one of the top five bio-tech companies in the world. 

Karen began her career with Wang Laboratories, Inc and provided stock administration services to over 40,000 world-wide employees.

Karen  is a long-time member of Global Equity Organization (GEO) and National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP).  She is on the board of directors for National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) and serves as chair of the equity committee.  She is a frequent speaker at both regional and national events.   Karen is a Certified Equity Professional and serves on various committees for that group.

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