Karen Wilson has joined the Special Olympics Illinois Board of Directors, serving on its Development Committee.
Wilson is the owner and CEO of MAKE Corporation, a professional services and staffing company with offices in Chicago and Dallas. Wilson joined MAKE as a partner in 2002, then purchased the company in 2012. In her position, Wilson drives growth and professional development in the professional services and staffing industry.
In 2014, Wilson served as the Co-Chair for the Special Olympics Illinois Inspire Greatness Gala and was Chair in 2015.
“Karen Wilson and MAKE Corporation have cultivated a great culture of community support and involvement,” said Dave Breen, President & CEO of Special Olympics Illinois. “As the current Inspire Greatness Gala Committee Chair and former Chair of the Gala, Karen has been a champion for our athletes helping us serve new generations of athletes.”
Wilson has been an active member of TechServe Alliance for more than 20 years. She is completing an eighth year on its board of directors, serving on the Government Affairs Committee. She is president of the board of directors for VMS Professionals, a national nonprofit she co-founded in 2003. VMS Professionals is comprised of organizations that use contingent workers, advance the industry and establish practices in the acquisition and management of contingent labor. MAKE Corporation is the only staffing company that is a member of VMS Professionals.
Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for more than 22,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 20,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support. If you are interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact your local Special Olympics agency, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website at www.soill.org.