Karen Dumas is a communications professional/media contributor/public speaker committed to excellence, entrepreneurship, and equality. As founder of Images & Ideas, Inc., she has earned a reputation as a communications specialist known for performance and excellence. Dumas also served Chief of Communications & External Affairs for Mayor Dave Bing and the City of Detroit.
Dumas earned the respect and reputation as a trusted and fair radio & television personality and columnist. Frequently referred to as “honest and engaging,” HOUR Detroit recognized her radio show as the “the more intelligent choice” for listeners. She most recently hosted, The Pulse, a radio talk show on 910AM, and is a regular contributor to The No BS News Podcast with Charlie LeDuff.
She serves on the Board of Directors for the Detroit Zoological Society, as well as on their Communications & Marketing Committee and Governance & Nominating Committee; The Board of Directors for Detroit PAL (Police Athletic League) as well as Chair of their PR Committee, and as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for BLAC Magazine. Previously, she has served on the Communications Committee for the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, The Board of Directors for SPHINX, the PR committee for the NCAA Final Four/Detroit, and as Board Chair for the Arts League of Michigan, among many others. The City of Detroit, State of Michigan, Real Times Media, and several Who’s Who entities have recognized her achievements.
She is a frequent guest speaker on 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 is also a regular guest contributor on topical and political matters for FOX2, the Detroit News, and other media outlets.
Served as Chief Communications Officer for Mayor Dave Bing and the City of Detroit until June 17, 2011. She resigned after a lawsuit filed by former city employee Rochelle Collins filed a lawsuit against the City, Mayor Bing a claiming, among more central issues, that Dumas caused a divided workplace.
- Dumas' website
- Bing fails to motivate, inspire team. Detroit News. 7 June 2011.
- Mayor's communications chief: I'll resign if Dave Bing asks. Detroit Free Press. 17 June 2011
- With top aide's resignation, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing tries to get back on track. 18 June 2011.
- Karen Dumas says she resigned because of media frenzy, not wrongdoing. Detroit Free Press. 7 July 2011.