More About Me
Born in the mountains of Northeast Georgia, I spent my early years living a simple life on a small farm, enjoying life of family, Sunday dinners around the table and sippin sweet tea on my Mama Spivey’s front porch.
For most of my career, I spent my life in healthcare, but after a diagnosis of cancer, I reinvented myself and moved to Nashville, Tennessee. I began my work in production by creating award-winning healthcare segments for Nashville based CBS and NBC. I was also featured in HuffPost, AOL/Yahoo, People Magazine, Nashville Business Journal, Hope For Women Magazine The Doctors Channel, Healthline, and ABC Chicago. For a while, I also hosted a radio show on Salem Media Network.
In 2012, I created the Women Survivors Alliance, a 501c3 non-profit with the purpose of the establishing a network where women affected by cancer can find their voice, improve their quality of life, and embrace their journey. That mission has now led me to find incredible and inspiring stories. I now travel around the world to share those stories that inspire and motivate.
If you get a chance, check out UNTOLD Project. UNTOLD is a project years in the making and one I am incredibly proud of. UNTOLD is a global storytelling movement that consists of a film series, blog, podcast and live show. My Canadian sidekick, Lorna Dancey, and I showcase stories from around the world and they are simply jaw-dropping. And while your surfing, check out New Focus Daily, an inspirational women's magazine that shares beautiful stories, helpful articles and recipes right from the heart of my southern kitchen.
Karen has been honored by the Ovarcome Foundation for national awareness of cancer issues among women. In 2014, Karen was honored in Washington DC by American Association of Cancer Research and featured in National Cancer Research Progress Report. In 2012, she served as American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network – Tennessee State Lead Representative Congressional District along with serving as Tennessee Cancer Coalition Survivorship Committee Chairperson. Karen was named 2011’s Health Care Hero by the Nashville Business Journal. She is also a member of the class 2011 of Leadership Middle Tennessee. Karen received the International Best of the Best Award by the Assisted Living Federation of America for her "On Modern Age" television show. Karen was the 2008 Nashville Business Journal Williamson County Impact Award winner; a 2009 Lifetime Television and L'Oreal Cosmetics "Women of Worth" nominee, and the recipient of the 2003 Small Business Council of America's "Humanitarian of the Year" Award. In 2001, Georgia State Senate honored her with her own Resolution for her efforts with cancer advocacy and research.