Meet Karen Fowler

With a Marketing, Management Sciences BSc degree from Lancaster University under her belt, Karen’s career in marketing and product development has involved the international marketing of multinational organisations, primarily in the services sectors.

After more than 15 years in corporate marketing, Karen established Action Stations Marketing in 2000 to offer marketing services and business consultancy to a wide range of SMEs and corporate organisations, working with a network of associates. The company’s raison d’etre was, and still is, the provision of cost effective marketing programmes that deliver measurable results.

In 2008, Karen’s interest in helping SMEs grow led her to become Regional Director for The Athena Network. According to Karen, networking is a key element of effective marketing; it’s an essential skill that is underused by many businesses, large and small.

Apparently not content with just running her own businesses, Karen has taken up running distance: she has so far competed in half marathon, 10km and 5km races for charity. Never one to keep still, she is also a keen tennis player and is a member of two local clubs, competing in the Berkshire leagues in both ladies and mixed doubles teams.

Email or call 0118 976 2404 now for further information and to book for a meeting.


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Welcome to Athena in East Berkshire, ladies!

With over 100 Athena Network groups to choose from it's no wonder that The Athena Network is the organisation of choice for savvy businesswomen.

If you are new to business networking, come along as a visitor to one of our lunctime group meetings local to you - 12-2pm. If you'd like to meet some of our members from groups across the region and other visitors in an informal networking environment first, then come along to our Regional Athena Cappuccino Connections, 10am to midday on the fourth Tuesday of each month. It's at The Madejski Hotel Cafe, just off Jn 11 M4, RG2 0FL.

The idea is that this site should become a fantastic tool to help you with your networking experience. We will be blogging tips, tricks and all sorts of information to keep you entertained, such as special offers, upcoming and past events happening in our area, and how about a personal interview as a great way to promote you and your business? If you have any more ideas for posts, please let us know!

Of course this site will improve much better with your input: feedback, comments and suggestions. How else will we find out what you want and expect? We look forward to hearing from you!

Happy Networking! Karen

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What Athena Members Say …

Nicky Fitzmaurice

"Athena Networking has been the making of me! I have made more friends and learnt more about business tools and networking strategy in the last year than I ever thought possible. Athena’s focus on training members to be the best that they can be, whilst in a supportive and nurturing environment, gave me the confidence to learn and grow which in turn allowed my business to do the same. It is this, that is the heart of Athena. No hard sell amongst the members, we encourage one another to help where we can. I always come away from a meeting inspired and bubbling with ideas on how to grow my business. It’s a fabulous way to live, learn and grow. Nicky Fitzmaurice

Selena Ludick

“The Athena network can be distinguished from any other networking group I attend. Its structure and form mean that members who attend are committed and dedicated to proactive networking which on turn achieves tangible results.  This benefits me and my firm,  in just a two  hour monthly meeting I have the opportunity to talk to other business women about me, my business and what I need and how I can be helped.  The environment for delivering this is focused and professional. As a result referrals are made and recommendations given which, for me achieves increased clients and in turn builds greater contacts.  As a busy business women Athena also provides a forum to connect with other business women on a social / friendship basis so “all work and no play does not make this Jill a dull girl” Athena motivates me, strengthens my vision, equips and endorses me but most of all provides the fuel every business women needs to keep raising her game and stepping up to the mark.”

Rosie Mortimer

Working mostly on my own, I really appreciate the positive camaraderie of the Athena women. Whatever need or concern one has, there is always someone able, and enthusiastically willing, to help with good advice. I find the interaction tremendously stimulating and enjoyable - and highly instructive. A wonderful group to see regularly, with excellent opportunities to meet other interesting and skilled women at training days. Thank you Athena!

Tracey Richardson

"I've been an Athena member since Rachel Maunder launched her first group in Hampshire. And I'm still a member because it has transformed my very individual business by providing me with the professional and personal support system I used to enjoy in corporate life at Marks & Spencer, before I was inspired to put my commercial skills at the disposal of the Third Sector. Whether it be IT products and services, social media training, business strategy advice, personal image consultation, financial advice and planning and last but by no means least great, supportive friends it's all at Athena NEHants."   


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