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Karen with Kathy Whitmire, first female Mayor of Houston.

Karen with Kathy Whitmire, first female Mayor of Houston.

Karen has lots of “loves,” but her number one passion is mentoring executives and young professionals as a way of paying forward the mentors and sponsors who impacted her own career. As one of the first non-CPA owners in an accounting firm, she played a tremendous role in the strategic direction of PKF Texas for 18 years before founding Karen Love + Co. in 2017. She specializes in helping organizations position their brands and connecting people and resources, as well as in helping executives and aspiring leaders build their personal influence and own their power with care and love. And, she is known for providing insight and strategic direction for women’s initiatives and other marketplace connections.

Karen now serves the Gulf Coast Region and West Texas from her new home in Boerne, where she happily resettled to be in what she says is truly “God’s Country.” She is a member of Impact San Antonio, serving on the Grant Review Committee, and she was recently admitted into Leadership Boerne's Class of 2020.

A trailblazer, Karen has a multitude of accolades. She was named “Chief Marketing Officer of the Year” at the 2017 C-Suite Awards and a “Woman Who Means Business,” both from the Houston Business Journal. She received the “On the Edge Innovation” award from Leading Edge Alliance and was a 2016-2017 MAKERS@ Awardee. She was recognized as a “Breakthrough Woman” by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce (GHWCC), and “Woman on the Move” by Texas Executive Women.

Additionally, she was named one of “Houston’s Most Influential Women” by Houston Woman Magazine and a “Marketer of the Year” Hall of Fame Inductee by the Association of Accounting Marketing. And, she was Honorary Chair of the YWCA Outstanding Women’s Luncheon, the 2017 Making a Difference Community Leader Honoree at the El Centro de Corazon Luncheon, and was Chair of the Executive Women’s Partnership at the Greater Houston Partnership.

Karen currently serves on the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Board, the Rice Alliance Advisory Board, and is a member of Impact San Antonio 2019-2020, as well as a member of the alumni group and co-founder of the Friendship Factor, a business networking group of women helping women. She is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum (Houston) Class XXXV, a graduate of the Master Leadership Program San Antonio Class 15.

Being grateful for those who helped her along the way, she believes when you find success, it is important to help others on their journeys. 

“One woman’s success can only help another woman’s success.”
— Gloria Vanderbilt
Leila Perrin, Elizabeth Killinger, Karen Love, and Leisa Holland Nelson at the 2017 El Centro de Corazon Luncheon, Hotel ZaZa

Leila Perrin, Elizabeth Killinger, Karen Love, and Leisa Holland Nelson at the 2017 El Centro de Corazon Luncheon, Hotel ZaZa