Karen L. Ellis


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Military and Emergency Medicine
Senior Conference Manager
Location: Other Location
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Ms. Ellis has 27+ years of experience as a senior-level conference manager providing conference support to the Federal Government and the private sector. She has in-depth knowledge of Federal meeting guidelines and standard operating procedure and is efficient in the coordination of multiple federal contracting vehicles. She has demonstrated the ability to balance priorities, streamline processes, meet short demanding timelines and produce goal-oriented results. Ms. Ellis attained the status of Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) in 2002 and is certified through 2022. She has coordinated and managed more than 70 international meetings and more than 350 domestic meetings; is experienced in managing multiple meetings concurrently, hiring and supervising conference and support staff; developing policies and procedures for streamlining all phases of conference management and is effective in organizing and employing resources to achieve project objectives. She is experienced managing multi-year federal tasks orders and contracts; developing and managing multi-million dollar budgets and working with senior government officials and senior-level corporate managers.

Ms. Ellis has managed multiple conferences for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Center for Global Health Engagement (formally Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine), Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Combatant Commands, Department of Defense, Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of the Surgeon General, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, Environmental Protection Agency, National Cancer Institute, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Food and Drug Administration, Office for Human Research Protections, Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of State.