Karen is the founder of Gateway to Dreams (G2D), a local nonprofit whose mission is to further life, career and business dreams for those that live in the St. Louis metro area. G2D believes in the poweer of positivity and possibilities, the power of connections and collaboration to help dreamers. Karen was named "Business Matchmaker of the Year" by eWomen Network nationally, was named Pacesetter of the Year by the Regional Commerce & Growth Association, the Home Based Business Champion by the Small Business Association and a host of other awards or helping the business community. With a passion for business and helping others, Karen also volunteers her time with Connections to Success and invites a local nonprofit to speak each mmonth at Gateway to Dreams at Dream Tank.
Karen developed Your Collaborative Board, a peer advisory group for women entrepreneurs; City of Experts, a program to promote expert members of G2D; Dream Tank (mentioned above); Work on Your Business Now for entreprenuers; Connecting & Promoting Women, a networking group with heart; The Business Lodge, 6,400 sq. feet in Chesterfield Mall; created a workshop called "The Joy of Goals." She is also a former radio host of radio shows: "Women Inspiring Women," as well as internet radio/TV shows "City of Experts" and "Gateway to Dreams." Her book, The Art of Barter, coauthored with Shera Dalin, has been featured in USA Today. She has also co-authored Contacts Connections & Collaboration-Building Relations to Build Your Business and was featured in the book St. Louis Dreamers & Dream Champions. Karen was also named to a blog list of “20 Smokin’ Hot Pieces of Brain Candy” along with Seth Godin, Jeffrey Gitomer and Alan Weiss by Scott Gindberg. Karen was also featured in St. Louis Magazine as "The Queen of Possibilities."