Karen Thornton brings a distinctive and comprehensive skill set to event planning and management. Her background in experience design and business consulting and her ability to execute on detailed logistics help ensure satisfying, meaningful events. Karen deeply understands how to develop engaging programs and invests the effort to ensure that all the event details are in place. From visioning and honing objectives to budget management and marketing to selecting the venue and securing vendors, Karen confidently, competently does it all.




We were total event novices, but thanks to Karen we held a very successful two-day national conference at the Meydenbauer in Bellevue. Karen’s attention to detail when it comes to event design was obvious. She had clever, low-cost ways to promote attendee engagement, from photo booth accessories to interactive polling to adult coloring, all appropriately thematic and on-brand. She also did a stellar job of designing our 40th anniversary luncheon – the anchor event of the conference – which featured a 6-min video she produced. Regardless of the task, she listened to what we envisioned and found ways to make it a reality. It was a great experience, and we look forward to working with Avenue 22 again!

—   Client Mary Margaret Callahan, senior national director of program development, Pet Partners

Karen is wonderful to work with; I cannot say enough good things! Her professionalism and thoroughness take the edge off of what often are stressful back-end logistics, making the day of event seamless and smooth. She thinks of all the details, ensures the team is prepared and informed, and is ready to spring to action immediately should anything out of the ordinary spring up. We are ever grateful for Karen. She is not just an event-planning maven; she is an event-planning magician.

—   Client Erin Clarke, president, ATD Puget Sound Chapter

I was impressed with how it was run, the content, the speakers, the audience, and the different perspectives…I will attend again.

—   Event attendee Ann-Marie Archer, CEO, Archer & Associates