Karen Tilley began her career in Information Technology, spending five (5) years as a software developer and six (6) years as a technical team leader in the airline industry. In 1995, she became a Project Manager; and in 1998, she joined the US Airways Program Office as a consultant to the largest airline system conversion migration in airline history. She earned her PMP certification on September 14, 2001, just 3 days after the 9/11 tragedy. She came to South Carolina in 2003, when she joined the TRICARE division of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Project Office.
Ms. Tilley previously held the position of Vice President of Marketing for the South Carolina PMI Midlands Chapter where she implemented several volunteer opportunities for the Chapter members.
In 2010 the board of directors approved naming the Chapter's volunteer program The Edwin R. Brenegar, Jr. Partnership for the Promotion of Project Management in the Nonprofit Community. This name honors Karen's stepfather, who served in multiple capacities in the nonprofit sector in his 85 years, and who was as Tom Brokaw wrote of them, a member of the Greatest Generation. "Mr. B.'s" involvement in his community, and the discussions they shared, constituted Karen's first partnership in sharing Project Management methodologies pro bono.
Ms. Tilley holds a BS degree in Management of Information Systems from Gardner-Webb University. She also holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the George Washington University School of Business and Public Management, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management of Information Technology from Furman University.
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