In the fashion arena, Karen established a successful niche in trade-to-trade and print advertising for many of Los Angeles’ notable fashion manufacturers. That she developed a following in such a competitive and style-conscious market as LA gives testimony to her abilities as a gifted communicator.
In consumer electronics, Karen’s client roster included iconic brands such as JBL International, Infinity Speakers, and Harman/Kardon. Working with Harman International Industries (the parent company of JBL, Infinity and Harman/Kardon) Karen created internationally-acclaimed marketing materials used in over 60 countries.
With business acumen and communication skills fine-tuned in working for such high-profile business clients, Ms. Elkins next turned to the field of education to make a more lasting contribution. From 2003-2005, Karen served director of the Gifted Association of BC’s Vancouver Chapter, as well as coordinating four of that group’s International Conferences focused on the needs of gifted children.
In 2004 Karen co-founded Silbury Education and Resource Centre for Gifted and Creative Learners. As director and principal of this ground-breaking educational institution, Karen was able to integrate her business and marketing experience with her compassion, creativity and energy to develop a unique program for gifted and creative learners. Karen was aware that most children in that category didn’t fit into standard models of education. So, she designed a theme-based, interactive curriculum based on their needs as well as ran the school, which included overseeing operations as well as running special events and conferences. Her progressive mind-set made cutting-edge science along with the traditional “wisdom of the sages” accessible and meaningful to every student in the Silbury classrooms. Karen used a combination of new education technology, intuition, and humor to successfully implement the Silbury philosophy from grades 1-9.
In 2009 Karen, added the “Science to Sage” program under the Silbury education umbrella. In partnerships and alone, Silbury has hosted International Speakers events to educate in the areas of education, emerging science and spirituality.
Karen produces Science to Sage E-Magazine. To-date she has produced over 39 issues. Each issue is themed. She features innovative thinkers, leading edge conscious science, best selling authors, and artists to advance progressive ideas.
In 2009 Karen, added the “Science to Sage” program under the Silbury education umbrella. In partnerships and alone, Silbury has hosted International Speakers events to educate in the areas of education, emerging science and spirituality.Karen besides being the editor of Science to Sage e-zine, she also graphically designed each edition.