Karen Edelman With two decades of experience in the publishing, advertising, and financial services industries, Karen Edelman is a deadline-driven and accomplished writer, editor, and events producer with a solid background in business journalism. Karen brings her demonstrated leadership and problem-solving skills, tested conference management experience, and keen ability to generate and leverage marketable ideas to any project. At EDELMAN COMMUNICATIONS (2002-present), her own firm, Karen is an editorial and conference program consultant for top publishing and corporate clients. Work includes conference theme development and programming; copywriting; editing; feature article writing; copywriting; website content development; and strategic content consulting. From 2003 to 2009, Karen served as freelance editorial director of Harvard Business Review’s special advertising sections on topics ranging from biotechnology to diversity. Other clients have included: FedEx, Forbes Magazine, FORTUNE Magazine; Time Inc.; Inc. Magazine; MasterCard International, 33 Delivered, and Zurich Financial. At HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL PUBLISHING (2001-2002), Karen served as the Editorial Director of Conferences, where she provided editorial vision for seven HBS Publishing events per year. Chief among her responsibilities at HBSP was to develop themes, program events and recruit senior-level speakers along with HBS Press authors and collaborate with as many as 20 to 25 speakers and moderators per event to communicate story lines. She also managed honorarium budgets and worked closely with sponsors, including IBM, Accenture, BEA Systems, and McKinsey & Company. In this role, Karen supervised the editorial process for three different conference models—custom, content-only, and signature (multi-sponsor) events. At FORBES MAGAZINE (1999 – 2001), Karen was the Editorial Director of Forbes’ Management Conference Group. Promoted from Program Manager in 2000, Karen created, planned and implemented top-flight programs for eight major business events per year, including the Forbes CEO Forum and the Forbes Executive Women’s Forum. In this role, Karen developed program themes and managed the speaker recruitment process for 30 to 40 speakers per event, overseeing honorarium and production budgets. She worked closely with top-tier sponsors—including IBM, Ernst & Young, General Motors, and Liberty Mutual—to ensure appropriate program representation. Before that, Karen served as a marketing writer for JP Morgan, and, for four years, was Associate Editor of Across the Board Magazine, The Conference Board’s magazine of ideas and opinion (now The Conference Board Review). Karen began her career in the advertising industry at Bozell Advertising and Backer Spielvogel Bates (now Bates Worldwide). Karen graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a degree in Writing for Television, Radio, and Film.