Reaching Out Beyond the Workplace

In the more than 25 years that Karen Connors has been working in the Modeling, Simulation & Training industry, she has involved herself with several professional organizations. Making time in a busy life to participate in these organizations of her professional peers provides multiple career benefits, and guarantees that she continues to have access to industry information and research resources provided through these opportunities.

But more than for her own benefit, Karen also provides input and support to others in her industry and partnering industries, really making a difference in their approach to their work and their lives.

Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA)

AUSAKaren is a lifetime member of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA), an association that has worked to support all aspects of national security while advancing the interests of America’s Army and the men and women who serve.

Karen’s dedication to the AUSA “Sunshine Chapter” has been recognized by her peers, receiving the AUSA Third Region Merit Award and Award For Excellence.


NDIA200x120Karen is a member of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) which is America’s leading Defense Industry association promoting national security.

As an involved member, Karen attends the NDIA bi-monthly luncheons and other events in order to stay up to date on the latest issues and trends, and to network with Government and Industry partners.

Women in Defense

WID200x120Cultivating and supporting the advancement and recognition of women in all aspects of national security is the mission of Women In Defense (WID), A National Security Organization.

Karen is a member of this non-profit professional organization, which includes men and women, who have careers related to the defense of the United States and national security. She has also been honored to be a featured speaker at a WID event.

The University Club

UC200x120The University Club offers members an environment of exceptional comfort with a personalized experience of unparalleled service and distinction you will not find anywhere else in downtown Orlando.

Karen is on the Board of Directors for the University Club and is also the Chairperson for the Charitable Works Committee.

Project Management Institute

PMI200x120Karen is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession.

Karen became a member of the Project Management Institute in 2004 and earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2005. She also taught PMP classes as an adjunct professor and continues to stay active with the Central Florida Chapter of PMI, attending conferences and speaking engagements.

Army Aviation Association of America

AAA200x120As a member of the AAAA, Karen and fellow members are committed to supporting the United States Army Aviation Soldier and Family.

Karen attends monthly socials and utilizes the events for professional networking and maintaining relationships with Government and Industry representatives.

Virginia Tech Alum Association

VT200x120Hokie Nation UNITE!

Karen is a member of the Central Florida Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and served as past treasurer. With more than 130 chapters, alumni chapters build strong relationships among alumni, students, parents and the community as a whole.