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Karen Graves​

Candidate for Internal Communications Chair


​​Karen Graves 

Bell Flavors & Fragrances

Karen Graves is a Sensory Consumer Science professional experienced in developing and executing
multi-platform communication strategies. Her farm upbringing and World Champion marching band
experience was the cornerstone for instilling values of dedication, collaboration, and excellence. She
holds a M.S. degree in Sensory Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and a B.S.
degree in Food Industry Business from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. 

Key accomplishments include: 
  • ​World Champion Flag Twirler with Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps
  • Created & maintained Kraft Foods Global Sensory & Consumer Science internal website
  • Published inaugural, quarterly Consumer Science Bytes newsletter
  • Invited speaker to multiple conferences
  • 2021-2022 Chair of IFT Sensory & Consumer Sciences Division where team achieved: above average newsletter open rate (40%), a 125% increase in LinkedIn followers, and 10 new volunteers.

SSP is a​ premier organization that advances the field of Sensory & Consumer Science to ensure product researchers (at all levels) are skilled at foundational method understanding, practical ​applications, data analysis/interpretation, and cross functional business influence.