Guest Speaker

JULY 11, 2018

Karla Radka

Chief Operating Officer

Goodwill Industries of Central Florida

2017 Women's Achievement Awards
Community Impact Honoree

Karla Radka is Goodwill Industries of Central Florida’s chief operating officer, where she oversees administration, business development and marketing, management, performance, retail and operation services, training, and mission services. Karla spearheads Goodwill’s social enterprise model, revenue generation and organizational growth, as well as overseeing statewide partnerships with organizations such as the American Red Cross.

Among Karla’s accomplishments are launching Goodwill’s first fundraising program to diversify Goodwill’s revenue streams and further enhance its visibility in the community. She also launched Goodwill University, a professional development program to cultivate talent within the organization. Karla has also led an operational reorganization to increase efficiency and mission effectiveness. Under hers leadership, Goodwill has exponentially increased its longstanding outreach to the homeless through two key initiatives, Operation GoodJobs for Homeless Veterans and GoodSource Staffing Services, a temporary staffing program in partnership with local employers. Additionally, Karla has forged partnerships with Valencia College to provide scholarships to students in Goodwill’s Project COMPASS alternative high school program.

Karla’s career in public service spans more than two decades. Before joining Goodwill, she served as vice president of community impact and leadership development at Community Based Care of Central Florida, a local child welfare organization. She is also founding director of a national award-winning program, Public Allies Central Florida. In addition, she co-founded Hope Now International, which holds an annual Back to School Backpack Bash and Health Fair for local children.  She also serves on the board of Community Health Centers of Central Florida.

Among Karla’s recognitions are the Orlando Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” Business Executive of the Year, the “Life of Service” Award from Public Allies, the Don Quijote “Professional of the Year” Award, and the “Community Impact” award in the Women’s Achievement Awards, presented by the Women’s Executive Council.

Karla is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences, universities and community events. As a member of the Global Shapers initiative, she served as an expert panelist at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2015 at Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.

She lives in Winter Springs with her family.

Hope Now International is hosting their annual Back 2 School Bash on July 29.  Bring a backpack to the luncheon to help this amazing program. For more information on how you can get involved, visit   



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  • September 12: Peg Cornwell | Associate to the President for College & Community Relations, Rollins College
  • October 10: 2018 Woman's Achievement Awards Woman of the Year
  • November 14: Holiday Bazaar & Vendor Event



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  • Kari Conley, Director, Community Relations | Orlando Health
  • Diane O'Dell, President of Community & Diversity Relations & Executive Director of the Foundation | Universal Orlando
  • Maryann Barry, CEO | Girl Scouts of Citrus
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