Meet our Members

Meet Karen Pearson, ABC

11 Oct 2011, by Kate Hardman, ABC in Meet our Members

Community Relations Director of the Mitchell Thorp Foundation

IABC member since: 2006

About Me

Fort Belvoir, VA

Current residence:
Carlsbad, CA

Favorite Quote:
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

Three words that best describe me:
Committed, positive, inquisitive.

When I’m not working, you could find me…
Walking on the beach, sitting in a cafe drinking tea with friends or reading.

My Life in Communications

The biggest communications challenge I have faced…
Finding a guest speaker for a major event, when the featured speaker of an international corporation died unexpectedly, two days before.

My favorite communications memory is…
After having taken a few years off, and rejoined my career as an economic development investor relations director, hearing my mentor and boss, recognize that I had “surpassed the organization’s goals, and had elevated the position to new heights.”

The most important communications or professional lesson I’ve learned is…
The value of the team.

The most valuable about my membership with IABC is…
The networking and professional development opportunities

Resources that I really find useful and recommend to other communicators are…
The value of IABC membership.

You should know this about me…
I grew up in Honolulu and love all things Hawaiian, frozen yogurt is my favorite dessert, I do not intend to live anywhere where there isn’t an ocean nearby.

Career Highlights

Current Job
Director of Community Relations for the Mitchell Thorp Foundation

Previous Jobs
Director of Investor Relations, Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley 2006-2009