Welcome! I’m Karla Pierce, a compliance / ethics / education / development specialist who originally hails from the west coast of Washington state. These days I live in Jacksonville, Florida. I’ve also lived in Spokane, Seattle, Chicago, and Miami.
Presently I’m a full time compliance & ethics specialist with McKesson Medical Surgical. I develop, deliver, and project manage compliance and ethics training and related resources (job aids, policies, procedures). I’ve led live webinar training, teleconference training for remote employees without Internet access, and in-person training at distribution centers across the country.
Since 2007 I’ve taught at the college level as an adjunct philosophy instructor, both online and face-to-face; during my full time adjunct years I also served as a professional development and continuing education instructor at FSCJ.
I hold an M.A. in Practical Philosophy & Applied Ethics from the University of North Florida, and a B.A. in Humanities and Philosophy minor from Florida International University. Before attending FIU to complete my undergraduate degree, I attended community college for personal enrichment, in Spokane, Seattle, and Chicago.
I encountered my first philosophy class at FIU in Miami; it was love at first sight! All my life I’d been told I “think too much”; philosophy showed me that can be an asset. Now one of my main activities and enduring passions is helping others learn how to use philosophical methods, like Informal Logic and Socratic Questioning, to improve their life, work, and relationships.
In my free time I volunteer for local organizations, walk the trails in the many parks Jacksonville has on offer, browse the wonderful Chamblins (our local used bookstore), explore nearby cities on day & overnight trips, attend trivia and improv shows with my friends, and work out when I’m motivated. I also develop, organize, and facilitate public philosophy workshops that promote critical thinking, cooperative learning, and civil discourse.