Karen D. Allen

Title: Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Company: Mrs. Allen’s Patty Cake
Location: Bronx, New York, United States

Karen Allen, Chief Executive Officer at Mrs. Allen’s Patty Cake, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in producing educational materials for children.

Following obtaining an Associate of Science in fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York in 2003, Ms. Allen followed with a Bachelor of Arts in education in 2008, a Master of Science in special education in 2013 and a Master of Science in education the same year from The College of New Rochelle and Mercy College. She served her country on active duty in the in the United States Army from 1983 to 1989 and in the Army Reserve from 1989 to 1991.

After several years working in fashion in quality control and alterations with The Design House of Giorgio Armani and chief executive officer and founder of Designs by Karen, Ms. Allen founded Mrs. Allen’s Patty Cake, a series of educational materials for children. She also creates positive affirmation designs for t-shirts, journals, activity packets, and bonnets for children with cancer. In addition, Ms. Allen distributes educational packages, and extra-educational activities for children, to homeless shelters and venues such as St. Jude’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House. She has gained recognition for organizing and planning meals for Black History Month with the Army and has donated masks to military veterans and cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When her daughter Rashida passed away from cancer at a very young age, Ms. Allen promised herself that when she retired she would give back because St. Jude Hospital and Ronald McDonald House had offered them so much. Knowing that children enjoyed beats and rhythm, she created Mrs. Allen’s Patty Cake, which employs singing, music and beats to help young children learn to count and comprehend and remember the alphabet. In the coming years, Ms. Allen’s ambition is to continue volunteering and giving hope to others. She also aims to expand her organization, Mrs. Allen’s Patty Cake, across the world. 

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