As part of her participation in the professional planning community, Karen Walz is a frequent speaker and contributor to local, statewide and national conference sessions.
Ms. Walz was a speaker at the 2013 symposium “Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.’s Lasting Legacy: Parks, Planning and Practice. Sponsored by the National Association for Olmsted Parks and held at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., this symposium brought together practitioners and academics from around the country to consider how Olmsted’s legacy is reflected in current plans and programs. Ms. Walz served on the panel discussing ‘The Politics of Planning’.
Ms. Walz served as a panelist for the 2003 symposium “The Future of Texas City-Regions” sponsored by the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin.
In 1997, Ms. Walz was a speaker for the Charles & Shirley Weiss Urban Livability Symposium on Sustainable Development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, addressing “Sustainability for an Urban Community”.
She was a lecturer for the University of Wisconsin’s 1996 Planning and Zoning for Community Land-Use Management Institute, presented in Charlotte, North Carolina; Madison, Wisconsin; and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her session addressed “Effective Planning for Changing Communities: A Look at Traditional and Strategic Comprehensive Planning Techniques”.