Our next Jacksonville IT Council meeting will be

Tuesday August 27, 2019 | 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Free for Jacksonville IT Council Members & $10 for Guests

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Karen Bowling, Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UNF


Driving IT Entrepreneurship in Jacksonville


Karen Bowling is a highly accomplished senior executive with more than 40 years of success in both public and private companies within the healthcare, government and technology industries. 

Karen began her role as the Director of Entrepreneurship at the University of North Florida January 14, 2019.  Prior to UNF, she was the President of Thrive Consulting, a company she formed in 2016 and has served as a Public Affairs Director at Foley & Lardner LLP, representing clients in all aspects of government affairs and served as Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Jacksonville, FL under Mayor Alvin Brown where she oversaw a billion-dollar budget and more than 5,000 full-time employees. 

Karen co-founded Solantic Walk-In Urgent Care (now CareSpot) in 2001 and served as CEO for ten years.  Under her leadership, the company became a leader in applying retail concepts to urgent care, including price transparency, online registration, gift cards, telemedicine, and developed a unique Feel Better Guarantee.

In addition to her entrepreneurial career, Karen has been on many notable boards.  She was appointed to the 4th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission in October.  Since being appointed to her first Board in 1983, she has served on at least a dozen not for profit and for profit Boards.  She currently serves as Board Chair of Florida State College of Jacksonville; and is a Member of the Board of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, and Security Devices International, a Boston based less-lethal weapons company.

Karen is a graduate of both Leadership Jacksonville and Leadership Florida. As a proven thought leader, Karen has written articles in various healthcare journals and publications and is regularly sought after for speaking engagements about topics in her field and women’s issues in the workforce.  Karen holds a BA in Literature & Communications from the University of North Florida.


FSCJ Technology Center
401 W State St
Room 140                  
Jacksonville, FL 32202

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