Our Leadership

Karen HigginsKaren Higgins founded A & E Communications, Inc. in 2003. As a PR consultant, Karen provides her clients with high quality public relations programs that produce significant return on investment. She works with small and mid-sized companies, helping them to build market awareness and credibility and take their business to the next level.

Karen has significant experience working in the information technology industry, as well as in the construction and life sciences industries, with a broad background in developing marketing communications campaigns to promote complex products.  Some of her past and current clients include: Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), American Infrastructure, Data Storage Corporation, Del-Sano Contracting, FiberAmerica, Maxwell Systems, Metro Technology, PDS, and Radiant Sage.

Previously as vice president of PR at TMP Worldwide (formerly Stackig Advertising & PR), Karen was responsible for providing strategic counsel, writing and publicity services and account management for a wide range of organizations. Throughout her 10 years at TMP, she delivered significant results for her clients, including companies such as Roche Molecular Systems, Lotus Development Corporation, Naviant, Viaken Systems, PDS, the British Standards Institution, WAM Systems and Logicon (a Northrop Grumman company).

Karen currently serves on three boards. She is immediate past president of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) where she has held numerous board positions and is the recipient of the 2006 President’s Award, 2009 Board Member of the Year Award and 2010 Special President's Award. Karen is also on the United Way Southeastern Pennsylvania's Women's Initiative Leadership Committee and on the board of the Tri-County Community Network and serves as the Marketing chair on both boards.

As a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), she was the secretary for the Philadelphia Chapter in 1996, the 1997 chair of the Technology Committee and the 1998 chair of the Technology Education committee. In the late 1990s, Karen was the Communications chair for the BIO IT Coalition in the Washington, DC area.

A graduate of Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., she holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business/Marketing.