Karen J. Carlson

Executive Director

CarlsonMs. Carlson has served as the executive director for the Foundation for Women’s Cancer since its founding in 1991.

She is a 1987 graduate of Illinois State University with a B.S In Public Relations. She began her career at the Smith Bucklin and Associates Management Firm, where she worked with the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) and served as the executive director for the Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons.

In 2005 Ms. Carlson was selected as one of the 100 women in the country who love their jobs and was featured in “Be Happy at Work: 100 Women Who Love Their Jobs and Why,” and “Career Bliss.” Both books were written by Joanne Gordon, a writer for Forbes Magazine.


Thank you to Nat’l Race Chair Camille Grammer for hosting a successful event at her home to get the word out about the National Race to End Women’s Cancer!


The Foundation is featured in the Sept. issues of Coping, Women and Family Circle magazines. Look out for our articles & ads!


Research Prize applications are due 10/28. Click here to apply for one of the 7 available prizes.


The next Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course is Nov. 7 in Washington, D.C. For more information, click here.