Karen Horting, CAE, is Executive Director & CEO for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a 28,000 member organization founded in 1950. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and receive the recognition and credit for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders. As executive director and CEO, Karen is a champion for diversity in engineering and the engineering profession overall.
With more than 20 years experience in sales, marketing, and fund development, Ms. Horting came to SWE in March 2004 from the New York Academy of Sciences where she served as Director of Strategic Planning, overseeing the Academy’s development activities and long-range organizational planning. Prior to NYAS, Ms. Horting worked at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) managing both marketing and fund development on a global level for ’s Next Wave, a ground-breaking career development website for graduate students and postdocs in science, math, and technology. Her previous experience also includes more than ten years in the paint industry in a variety of customer service/technical service and marketing functions.
Prior to her appointment as Executive Director &CEO, she served as SWE’s Director of Fund Development from March 2004 through July 2006 and Deputy Executive Director from August 2006 through December 2013. Ms. Horting has a BS in Biology from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. And in 2000 she earned her MBA from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.
In May 2008, Ms. Horting earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the CAE Commission of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). Less than five percent of all association professionals have achieved this mark of excellence.
She currently serves on the Automation Federation Board of Directors and has previously served on the Board of the Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology (CPST).