Karen Allport Consulting, Inc. is a Cleveland-based marketing and communications firm that brings value to companies and organizations by helping them broaden and deepen their strategic relationships with stakeholder audiences including customers, funders, employees, media and other influencers. 

A little about me...


I am a marketing strategist and practitioner with significant experience in formulating innovative campaigns that build brands in competitive markets, engage stakeholders and spur revenue. Since founding my consulting practice in 2015, I have been helping organizations of all sizes achieve their strategic goals through thoughtful, strategic, value-focused marketing and communications.


I help my clients define and understand their most important stakeholders. This “outside‐in” thinking pays dividends in developing strategic marketing approaches and messaging that truly resonate with target audiences and lead to effective outcomes.


Throughout my career, I have worked with public and private companies and nonprofit clients in a variety of industries. 


  • As Vice President of Strategic Outreach for NorTech, a technology-based economic development organization, I spearheaded efforts to establish Northeast Ohio as a technology innovation hub among national audiences.     

  • As Chief Operating Officer for internationally recognized Cleveland Botanical Garden, I led the public launch of a $50M expansion. 

  • As Vice President, Corporate Communications for consultancy Dix & Eaton Incorporated, I built campaigns for major accounts.

  • As Director of Marketing Services at Leaseway Transportation, a Fortune 500 Company, I orchestrated the national outreach to customers, vendors, employees and the media.