Karen Bornarth

Head of Workforce, Hot Bread Kitchen

Through her years of experience as a bread baker and educator in New York’s culinary landscape, Karen Bornarth brings a passion for education and advocacy for women. At Hot Bread Kitchen, Karen creates economic opportunity through careers in food for women and immigrants who come through Hot Bread Kitchen’s culinary training program. As Head of Workforce, Karen is a leader in developing recruiting, training, and employment practices that work for both clients and partners, developing tools for impact evaluation, and is a thought leader in workforce best practices. Having worked for 20+ years in a field dominated by men, Karen is particularly interested in breaking down the systemic and structural barriers to leadership roles for women in the culinary industry.

Karen is a Fellow in the Workforce Systems Leadership Program at Coro New York Leadership Center and an active member of the Bread Bakers Guild of America. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.