President at Black Olive
Karen is the president of Black Olive, a marketing agency that strategically integrates direct marketing, digital media & field sales channels to find & nurture B2B and B2C customers. With over 35 years of experience and dozens of awards, including the DMA’s award for Innovation in Direct Marketing, Karen focuses on delivering specialized marketing expertise, strong creative & bottom-line results to clients. As President of three ad agencies over the course of her career, each has appeared on the “Top 100 DM Agencies” list and in the mid- 1990s, her agency was integrated into a $7 billion healthcare company. Karen founded Black Olive to focus on Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations and philanthropic development. Clients span COUNTRY Financial, IU School of Philanthropy, American Red Cross, PAWS, American Bar Association, HP, Liebert, GE and more.
Karen also serves on the BMA Chicago Board of Directors and has been awarded “Member of the Year” and “Board Member of the Year” distinctions. She is the former four-time chair of BMA Chicago’s Windy City Biz Bash and is currently directing the mPower Scholarship Program development. Karen is also Vice Chair of the Streetwise board, serves on the National Advisory Committee for NOW, and was part of the 2008 Illinois delegation for the Democratic National Convention.