Ms. Karen Shihadeh Schaufeld '83, '14P, '17P

Karen G. Schaufeld is a philanthropist, author, entrepreneur, and lawyer. She is the founder and President of 100WomenStrong, a granting organization that strategically invests in nonprofits and programs that enrich the lives of Loudoun County, Virginia, residents. Karen also co-founded All Ages Read Together (AART), a school readiness program for low-income preschool-aged children. In addition, she helped found NEW Customer Services Companies, Inc., the nation’s largest administrator of consumer product warranties, now part of NEW Asurion, Inc., where she served as General Counsel.  She is currently CEO and Co-Founder of Altor Locks which has created the world’s lightest, strongest bike lock.  She is an advocate for the growth of renewable energy in Virginia and a more secure and stable grid through distributed energy.  To spread awareness about Virginia energy policy she founded PoweredbyFacts.com and is actively involved in the passage of renewable energy bills.  She most recently collaborated to strategize with and support WinVA to elect delegates responsive to their constituents and is further supporting these efforts by forming VAOurWay to inform voters of delegates’ efforts on their behalf during the legislative session.  She is currently working to develop a reimagined Hill Top House Hotel in historic Harpers Ferry, WV.

She currently serves as a trustee of Lehigh University and serves on the boards of All Ages Read Together, Middleburg Film Festival, and Venture Philanthropy Partners. She published her first children’s book, The Lollipop Tree, in 2014 and her second children’s book, Larry and Bob, in 2016.  Her third book, How to Eat a Peach, has an anticipated release for September 2018.   She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Government from Lehigh University and a J.D. from George Washington University.