What does it mean to be a Southernite?
Don't walk around with the Big O... Oblivious! Pay attention, think and process what's happening around you... and CYA!" ~ Professor Marcelle, College of Business circa 2003
Karen N. Anderson, born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and raised in Orlando, Florida, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Southern University and A&M College in 2003. She utilizes her degree and talents to promote arts and entertainment around the world. She is the Event Coordinator at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts where she works with private & corporate clients to help their event vision & execution come to life.
As a proven leader & highly focused professional, she has experience in providing leadership of program staff, strategic community relationships, career development, operations and fund development. In her professional career, she has worked for a variety of Fortune 500 companies such as Wells Fargo Financial, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and worked for Orange County Public Schools for the past 10 years in various roles. Notably, she served as the Southern Region Vice President of the National Urban League Young Professionals, mentoring 23 chapter leaders and members from 2011-2013. She later received the honor of being named National Urban League Emerging Leaders Fellow in 2014.
Karen is also co-owner of Spice Crafters, LLC, where they bring the world of mash-up of bold new flavors such as Chilau (pronounced Sha-lah) Seafood & Pepper Sauce and Chilau Boil Bomb Seafood Boil. She also Founder of BecauseEventsRock.com, an online media outlet which promotes and reviews new music, local and national live music events and music festivals. She has covered a variety of events and concerts such as Jazz in the Gardens, Usher’s The UR Experience Tour, Revolt Music Conference, and Beyonce & Jay-Z’s On the Run II Tour just to name a few.
She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated- Nu Iota Omega chapter (Maitland, FL) as the fundraising chair and won Soror of the Year for 2018. She is a mother of 2, Chase (7) and Mia (3) and wife to husband Michael.