WASHINGTON, D.C., February 6, 2019 —Together for Girls, Inc. a nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence against children, has appointed Karen Carolonza, Managing Partner of Green Room Communications, to its Board of Directors.
Carolonza brings more than 20 years of global experience in the healthcare, chemical and TV news industries. She co-founded Green Room in 2008, driving the healthcare communications agency to grow into a leading specialty communications company focused on public relations, corporate communications, media strategy, advocacy relations and creative design. The company is committed to helping women succeed and actively fosters professional opportunities for them. In 2016, Green Room was named a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
“We are excited to welcome Karen Carolonza to our Board of Directors,” said Gary Cohen, Founder of the Together for Girls partnership and President of Together for Girls, Inc. “She brings a wealth of experience in global communications. Her expertise, knowledge and passion for fostering opportunities for girls and women will be extremely valuable to us in advancing our mission.”
Founded in 2009, the Together for Girls public-private partnership brings together national governments, United Nations entities, and private sector organizations to prevent and respond to violence against children with a particular focus on ending sexual violence against girls. The partnership uses a three-pronged model: data, action, and advocacy to promote evidence-based solutions, galvanize coordinated response across sectors, and raise awareness. It is now active in more than 20 countries around the world.
Together for Girls Inc., the 501(c)3 arm of the partnership, enables greater participation of the private and philanthropy sectors in supporting the work of the partnership and its coordinating body, the Together for Girls Secretariat. As a member of the Together for Girls, Inc. Board of Directors, Carolonza will support the continued growth of the organization and help raise awareness about its mission and work.
“I am honored to join the Together for Girls Board. I’ve long admired the organization’s mission and have tremendous respect for the important work that Together for Girls is doing on behalf of girls and boys to eradicate violence globally and make the world a safer place. I look forward to lending my expertise in helping the organization achieve its objectives,” said Carolonza.
Carolonza is also a member of the ExlPharma PR Steering Committee and chaired its annual national Summit for six years. Additionally, she served as a volunteer on the CDC Foundation to advocate for Health Protection Goals and is on the boards of Soft Bones: The U.S. Hypophosphatasia Foundation, and cancer organization, Mary’s Place by the Sea. Carolonza has been recognized as a Leading Woman Entrepreneur in New Jersey and in 2014, was among the top 25 in the state. She was also awarded Brava’s SmartCEO award in 2016.
Together for Girls rang the the New York Stock Exchange opening bell on September 16, to celebrate a decade of partnership.
On September 21, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) launched an historic global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG) – the Spotlight Initiative.