Karen Butler is the founder and President of SLG², Inc, DBA: Shoot Like a Girl. Shoot Like a Girl is a company dedicated to growing the number of women who participate in shooting sports by empowering them with confidence. Karen retired from the Department of the Army after 22 years of distinguished civilian service, retiring in November 2016, as a GS14, Executive Officer to the Chief Technology Officer for Army Materiel Command; her previous position was as the Chief of Operations, G1 for Army Materiel Command.
Born and raised in Southern Illinois, she has spent her adult life traveling the world with the United States Department of the Army Civilian employee, and now resides Alabama. Karen started shooting a bow in 2000, after camping with some friends where she shot her first bow and rifle! She was instantly hooked on the thrill, power and control of shooting. Karen launched Shoot Like A Girl in February 2009 at the World Archery Festival in Las Vegas, NV and has achieved tremendous success since then. She has grown the company from vinyl signs that her dad printed for her, to now providing women the experience of shooting at events across the United States in the iconic Shoot Like A Girl semi-tractor trailer.
Karen was recognized by Outdoor Life Magazine as one of their 2011 Top 25: Leaders in Hunting, Fishing and Conservation; and named Entrepreneur of the Year by Women’s Business Center of North Alabama in 2017. She enjoys competitive and recreational shooting, and is an avid hunter. Karen is an accomplished speaker and writer. She has been featured in Time Magazine, on multiple television shows, interviewed on National radio shows and conducted seminars at numerous events, including the Archery Trade Association (ATA) Archery Academy and Field and Stream Deer and Turkey Expos. She has given motivational speeches for women’s executive leadership groups and delivered a women’s history month presentation, and she has served as a panel member for the NRA Women’s Leadership Forum and The Catalyst.
Karen’s husband, Todd is a First Sergeant, USMC (Retired), a veteran of Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. They have two sons, Dan, a Captain in the U.S. Army; and Ed, who served as a Navy Corpsman and is the father of their grandson, Ben. They also have three American Quarter Horses and a German Shorthair Pointer, Casey and a Yellow Lab, Shoots Like A Girl’s Legacy 2 and one of her pups, Skadi.