E ver since she lived abroad as a teenager, Karen has always immersed herself in different cultures – living and learning in lands different than her own. Her childhood dream eventually lead her to pursue a career in luxury hospitality where she would travel the world several times over and reside on 3 different continents.
In 2005 Karen held a management position at The Carlyle, a luxury legendary Hotel in NYC. This experience gave her new perspectives on world class hospitality, as well as first hand training in every department of the hotel. During her tenure she also traveled around the USA and cultivated relationships with the county’s top Travel Agents as well as with luxury businesses and services located in Manhattan’s fashionable Upper East Side.
Soon after, Karen began working with The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences to help them create and launch their high gloss, luxury magazine Star Diamond World. Simultaneously she began evaluating the world’s best fine dining, hotels, spas, airlines, cruise ships and other luxury lifestyle experiences.
Karen later moved abroad to South America to study Spanish throughout four different countries: Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Colombia. During her travels she evaluated and wrote about hotels and fine dining experiences.
Two years later Karen relocated to Beijing, China where she evaluated hotels and restaurants for the Star Diamond Award and participated as a Cultural Commentator for CCTV. This experience gave her even more cultural insights and additional first hand international hospitality knowledge.
Karen has become a recognized International Luxury Hospitality and Travel Expert. She now shares her knowledge about excellent service worldwide with hotels, destinations, and groups of professionals through her consulting, writing, speaking and seminars.
Karen is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colby College and a 2015 Graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy, where she serves as the organization’s Ambassador to the NYC luxury hospitality community. In 2010 she was inducted as the second American Woman Chevalier of the French Culinary Academy.
A video highlighting some of the most interesting trips and experiences from Karen’s career with the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.