Green Room Communications, a specialty healthcare communications agency, has been named winner of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2019 Region 2 Small Business Subcontractor of the Year award. This prestigious award honors small businesses that have provided the government and industry with outstanding goods and services as subcontractors.

“To be nominated for this award by a global pharmaceutical company recognizing our hard work and innovation in communications is an incredible honor,” said Deborah Fowler, Managing Partner of Green Room Communications. “We have a unique relationship with our clients, in fact, we call them partners because they do not see us or treat us as vendors. We are an extension of their teams.”

Founded in 2008 by Karen Carolonza and Deborah Fowler, Green Room Communications was nominated for the category by Sanofi for its overall satisfaction with Green Room’s unique and superior services.

“Our work with Green Room spans 10 years,” says Kathleen Castore, Head of Supplier Diversity and Sustainability at Sanofi. “This is tribute to how they continue to innovate and evolve with us, providing us with services that bring value to our business. At Sanofi, we consider our Small Business Program to be a business imperative that drives innovation, job creation and creates economic growth with small and diverse businesses.”

“Our partners realize a small business like Green Room can deliver big agency impact,” said Karen Carolonza, Managing Partner of Green Room Communications. “We are like a biotech: nimble, efficient and with access to the top communications strategists in the industry.”

Green Room is recognized in Region 2, which serves New YorkNew JerseyPuerto Rico, and The U.S. Virgin Islands. Each large federal prime contractor may nominate one firm for the award, and firms must be defined as “small” according to applicable SBA size standards.

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 5, 2019 —Together for Girls, Inc. a nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence against children, has appointed Karen Carolonza, Managing Partner of Green Room Communications, to its Board of Directors.

Carolonza brings more than 20 years of global experience in the healthcare, chemical and TV news industries. She co-founded Green Room in 2008, driving the healthcare communications agency to grow into a leading specialty communications company focused on public relations, corporate communications, media strategy, advocacy relations and creative design. The company is committed to helping women succeed and actively fosters professional opportunities for them. In 2016, Green Room was named a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

“We are excited to welcome Karen Carolonza to our Board of Directors,” said Gary Cohen, Founder of the Together for Girls partnership and President of Together for Girls, Inc. “She brings a wealth of experience in global communications. Her expertise, knowledge and passion for fostering opportunities for girls and women will be extremely valuable to us in advancing our mission.”

Founded in 2009, the Together for Girls public-private partnership brings together national governments, United Nations entities, and private sector organizations to prevent and respond to violence against children with a particular focus on ending sexual violence against girls. The partnership uses a three-pronged model: data, action, and advocacy to promote evidence-based solutions, galvanize coordinated response across sectors, and raise awareness. It is now active in more than 20 countries around the world.

Together for Girls Inc., the 501(c)3 arm of the partnership, enables greater participation of the private and philanthropy sectors in supporting the work of the partnership and its coordinating body, the Together for Girls Secretariat. As a member of the Together for Girls, Inc. Board of Directors, Carolonza will support the continued growth of the organization and help raise awareness about its mission and work.

“I am honored to join the Together for Girls Board. I’ve long admired the organization’s mission and have tremendous respect for the important work that Together for Girls is doing on behalf of girls and boys to eradicate violence globally and make the world a safer place. I look forward to lending my expertise in helping the organization achieve its objectives,” said Carolonza.

Carolonza is also a member of the ExL Pharma PR Steering Committee and chaired its annual national Summit for six years. Additionally, she served as a volunteer on the CDC Foundation to advocate for Health Protection Goals and is on the boards of Soft Bones: The U.S. Hypophosphatasia Foundation, and cancer organization, Mary’s Place by the Sea. Carolonza has been recognized as a Leading Woman Entrepreneur in New Jersey and in 2014, was among the top 25 in the state. She was also awarded Brava’s SmartCEO award in 2016.