Whether fighting for the City of Detroit as a journalist in search of truth, a member of a mayor’s cabinet or the owner of a communications company, Karen Dumas won’t let her city or it’s people fail, and it’s that undying commitment and example that made us choose her as our TPE Hero of the Month for December 2013.
“I love the city and the people, not just because it’s home, but because it and we are truly special. In spite of the vast contributions and assets of this city, I sincerely believe that Detroit has so many more layers, yet to be revealed,” Dumas said.
Dumas first started attracting readers, listeners and viewers as a radio and television personality and columnist. Her daily midday talk show on WCHB-AM was commonly referred to as “honest and engaging,” and HOUR Detroit recognized Dumas’ radio show as the “more intelligent choice” for listeners.
“Karen is a real Detroiter,” said Trish Brown, Founder of TPE, TippingPointEducation.com, TPEPost.com and TPE Multimedia. “She’s there for all the right reasons and to help everyone. She’s not there for any special interest, and that’s one of the reasons she stands out. She won’t let this town or it’s people fail.”
Since 1998, Dumas has run her own successful PR firm, Images & Ideas, Inc. and built a reputation providing perfection as a communications specialist serving large and small clients nationwide in both the private and public sector. Coming highly recommended to the City of Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Dumas served as the Chief of Communications & External Affairs for the mayor and the City of Detroit and ended her weekly column for the Michigan Chronicle.
In addition to her operating her PR firm, you frequently will find Dumas speaking at schools, churches and professional organizations seeking insight into performance based practices, the tools for success, living and treating others with fairness, women’s challenges in the workplace and balancing professional and personal roles. She believes “education is the foundation upon which anything can be built and is the great definer for who and what a person can become. With it, anything is possible; it’s absence sets the tone for a life of struggle and discontent.”
“Those who need and can benefit from education most must recognize it and respect its value and the importance and impact it can have upon ones life,” said Dumas.
Dumas is a regular guest contributor for the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News and serves on the Communication Committee for the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, the Arts League of
Michigan, the Editorial Advisory Board for BLAC Magazine and previously on the PR committee for the NCAA Final Four/Detroit. Her achievements have been recognized by the City of Detroit, State of Michigan and several Who’s Who entities.
A graduate from East Catholic High School, Dumas learned the “importance of community from neighbors” and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and is the published author of, “In Other Words: A Collection of Thoughts & Columns.”
“My late mother was a source of strength and independence. Who I am today is a compilation of family, experiences – good and bad, and everyone and thing I have ever encountered. I am in a constant state of evolution, and continue to grow and develop into a better with with every passing day,” she said.
As residents of Detroit, Dumas and her husband are the proud parents of two college aged children who help her “stay focused and on the cutting edge of everything new.”