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.

Spotlight

Visit the Sisterhood of Survivorship page to read “Dena’s Story” — by a vulvar cancer survivor who has shared her story and wise words, and channeled her energy into her National Race to End Women’s Cancer team.

Awareness

Vaccine efficacy against vulvar infection with HPV 16/18 was comparable to the efficacy found against cervical infection 4 years after vaccination, according to researchers with the National Cancer Institute.

Research

The Foundation has published its 2014-2015 Research Grants and Awards Booklet with Applications. Please consider applying to become part of an elite group of physician-scientists committed to the well-being of women at risk for/affected by gyn malignancies.

Education

The next Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course will be Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Boston. For more information on courses, click here.