Karen with Moppet, who serves as Seidman Says' mascot and director of canine affairs.

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About Karen

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Karen Seidman is president of Seidman Says! Communications, a company she founded in 2005.

 

Prior to starting Seidman Says!, Karen served as Vice President of Communications & Marketing for the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization (now known as EO) — the premier, peer-to-peer, global 40+-country community, network and resource for today’s leading international business owners.  During her more than six years with EO, Karen’s portfolio included overseeing all of the communications, marketing, PR, press relations, and management of strategic alliance partnerships, as well as office management functions for this 5,500-member international organization which helps successful entrepreneurs grow themselves and their businesses.

 

Throughout most of her 30-year career, Karen has headed communications departments for a host of leading nonprofit organizations and trade associations.  Prior to joining EO, she served as the Director of Communications & Marketing for The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (CIAB), a prominent national trade association, representing the interests of the leading insurance agencies and brokerage firms in the United States and abroad.  There, she was responsible for all communications and promotional work, in addition to overseeing the association’s strategic technology initiatives and its charitable fundraising foundation, FAME.

 

Earlier work experience includes a seven-year stint at the Medical Society of the District of Columbia (MSDC), a local affiliation of the American Medical Association.  As Assistant Director of Communications at MSDC, she was the Managing Editor for an award-wining 24-page monthly tabloid publication, MSDC Physician, which informed area physicians about practice management, legislative, and medical educational issues.  She also served as Newsletter Editor for Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), a national association representing 23,000 construction-related firms across the United States.  She began her career as a press intern for Senator Edward M. Kennedy's (D-MA) congressional office.

 

Karen is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she minored in political science and graphic arts and received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism (with emphasis in public relations).  She is a member of the Manchester Who’s Who, the American Society of Association Executives and the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives. Karen is a graduate of the Rapport Leadership International Program.  She presently resides in Washington, DC.