In her role Karlen coordinates meetings, programming and administrative processes for the Council for Security Executives and the Council for Chief Privacy Officers. In addition to these Councils, Karlen provides support to other programming in the Security, Privacy and Public Safety knowledge area including the National Security Centre, Cyber Security Centre, and Strategic Foresight workshops. She also supports various programs within the Health, Health Care and Wellbeing portfolio. Each of these groups offer professional opportunities for strategic business leaders to network and learn from subject matter experts. Once upon a time, Karlen completed her BA Honours in Psychology with a major in Sociology at the University of Regina.