Karen J. Malone

Vice President, Meeting Services


Karen J. Malone is Vice President of Meeting Services for HIMSS, a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT).  HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.
Malone joined HIMSS in November, 1997 and has nearly 20 years in the meetings industry. At HIMSS, Karen oversees nine staff in the planning of an Annual Conference & Exhibition, a $22 million event, ranked as show #49 on the nation’s top Tradeshow 200 list, with more than 1,100 exhibitors and 32,000 attendees. HIMSS also hosts 80+ small to mid-size meetings each year as well as a conference in Europe and Asia.

Under Malone's leadership, HIMSS10 received one of the highest honors in the trade show industry when the conference was recognized as, “The Show with the Most Innovative Practices,” at the Trade Show Executive Gold 100 Awards & Summit. 


Frequently featured in industry publications, Malone speaks to issues ranging from housing management to conference programming to exhibit floor services and planning.   She is a prior advisory board member for citywide convention planning for the city of San Diego and currently sits on the client advisory board for Orlando, Chicago and Conventionplanit.com.  


Malone has several significant industry accolades. These include: 1) Named by Meeting News Magazine as one of the 25 most influential people in the meetings industry; 2) Featured in July 2006 on the cover as the lead story of Meetings and Conventions Magazine; 3) Named in October 2006 by Tradeshow Week as one of the 100 most influential people in the tradeshow business; 4) Named in December 2006 by the ExpoGroup as Show Manager of the Year; 5) Recognized in the July/August 2007 issue of EXPO Magazine as one of 22 Association Leaders to Know;6) Awarded in 2008 by her peers the prestigious Robert Donovan Award for meeting professional excellence; and 7) Featured in the May 2010 cover story of Tradeshow Executive.

Malone graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BA in sociology and minor in psychology.