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Packer Thomas Congratulates Our Very Own
Karen Cohen, Recipient Of The 2008 Athena Award

Athena Award "Success doesn't come
to you...you go to it."

—Marva Collins

Karen S. Cohen, CPA, Principal

Our very own Karen Cohen, was named the recipient of the 2008 Athena Award. Athena International, the foundation that presents awards annually to women in more than 500 communities across the United States, Canada, China, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom, has held an awards event in Youngstown for the past 16 years. Youngstown hosts the fifth-largest annual Athena event in the nation.

Presented annually by the Regional Chamber in co-sponsorship with The Vindicator, the Athena Award is given annually to recognize area business and professional women who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen career, provided leadership in the community, and mentored or contributed to the growth of other professional women.

Cohen began her career in public accounting at Packer Thomas in 1990. She obtained her bachelor’s degree as a non-traditional student from Youngstown State University, where she also earned her MBA, while married, working and raising two children.

Specializing in the areas of estate, trust and gift planning, she is sought by many attorneys to assist in the tax-efficient filing of final returns for individuals and their estates because of her knowledge of complex tax law.

Cohen is often called upon to educate the public about tax issues and is a frequent speaker at Youngstown State University’s Annual Federal Tax Institute. She also speaks to service clubs and client groups about the latest changes in the tax law and how they may be used for tax savings and other benefits.

Cohen also was recognized for using her position at Packer Thomas to be a strong mentor to all staff, but particularly to women. She serves them as an advocate, role model, sounding board and honest communicator and provides career guidance. She also helps them obtain professional development opportunities through training, work assignments and networking.

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