Karen Malone Wright
President, ODYSSEY Creative Communications Consulting
Karen Malone Wright crafts innovative communications strategies for businesses and organizations. Recent clients include Cleveland Clinic, Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice in The Hague, The Netherlands; Goodwill Industries of Ohio and OsteoSymbionics. High-energy presentations on contemporary social media and online marketing have educated and entertained audiences at national and statewide conferences for grantmakers, wine marketers and major nonprofits.
Karen has been recognized for proven expertise in modern communications including 2012 interviews with COSE Update, CBC Magazine and Heart & Soul, a national publication. Her insights and ideas spring from a notable career directing communications in diverse sectors: philanthropy, health care, television and print media in Cleveland, Detroit and Washington, D.C.
Before establishing ODYSSEY in 2000, Karen served as Vice President, Marketing Communications for the joint venture between the Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. She had formerly led statewide communications and crisis management for the Ohio Division of what is now HCA–Hospital Corporation of America, including repeated interaction with CBS-TV’s 60 Minutes, The Wall St. Journal and The New York Times.
Previously, at television stations in Washington, D.C. (WJLA-TV), Detroit (WXYZ-TV) and Cleveland (WKYC-TV), Karen led public and community relations for more than 12 years and produced three weekly public affairs programs.
In 2012, Karen launched The NotMom.com, an online resource for and about women who are childless by choice or by chance, one in five American women. The site offers conversation, commentary and information about this growing cohort across the country and around the world. Select posts are re-published across northeast Ohio at Patch.com, a hyperlocal news source.
In its first year, The NotMom.com earned a $5,000 prize from Bad Girl Ventures: Cleveland, a business development program for entrepreneurial women. Karen was also invited to speak about overlooked online audiences at BlogHer/New York, the world’s largest conference for women in social media.
A Cleveland native, Karen is a Mindspring Expert for the Council on Smaller Enterprises (COSE) and a member of Cleveland’s Social Media Club and Independent Professionals Group. Her work has been honored with a Telly Award and recognitions from the Catholic Hospital Association and the Cleveland Advertising Club. She is Immediate Past Board President of the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, where she served for eight years.