Kari Kovar

Chief Operating Officer

Kari is a higher education “lifer”, bringing more than two decades of operational excellence, change management, and sales success to her role as Chief Operating Officer at Helix Education.

As a transformational executive, Kari has an impressive track record of building teams, creating data-driven systems, and driving profitable growth, spurring multi-million dollar sales gains, and improving partner performance by nearly 50%.

Kari began her career as a Principal Consultant at Stamats, where she guided dozens of institutions through strategic planning, brand management, and enrollment marketing initiatives. At InsideTrack, she developed a deep acumen for student success, utilizing a coaching meets technology approach to improving student retention. She also served in senior sales leadership roles at Datamark and Instructure, driving their growth and expansion efforts.

An award-winning executive and in-demand speaker, Kari has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the University of North Dakota.

Kari lives in Park City, Utah with her furless and furry family. She is an avid snowboarder and a reluctant Spartan racer.