Synapse Volunteer Spotlight: Karen Smreker

January 26, 2024


Synapse Florida is thrilled to (re)introduce a familiar face in the community, Karen Smreker, our chair of the 2024 Synapse Innovation Awards Showcase,  where innovation leaders will inspire and share their groundbreaking ideas and visionary concepts in key categories. 


Karen, a Michigan transplant, has called Tampa home since 2016. A dynamic professional with a robust academic foundation and extensive industry expertise, she is committed to fostering inclusive and impactful workspaces. Her career reflects a seamless integration of operational proficiency and a dedication to positive work environments. Karen excels in coordinating diverse teams, ensuring client satisfaction, and driving community initiatives, including partnerships with local universities and nonprofits.

Karen has an extensive volunteer history, including roles in the Junior League of Tampa, pet therapy at Moffitt Cancer Center, Think Big for Kids, and various board positions with True North and the University of Tampa Board of Counselors Chairs. Karen’s comprehensive background, spanning professional achievements, community engagement, and volunteer service, positions her as a versatile professional capable of driving positive change in various environments.


In 2019, Karen was tasked with finding new outreach opportunities for her department. She was quickly and frequently sent to Synapse, where her company participated as an exhibitor, speaker, and attendee. In 2021, she joined the Impact Board, and this year, she is excited to chair the 2024 Synapse Awards, helping celebrate change makers throughout the state of Florida.


Synapse invites individuals with a passion for innovation and community impact to join the volunteer movement. Visit today to explore opportunities where you can showcase your expertise, make meaningful connections, and contribute to the advancement of your knowledge, networks, and careers.

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