Born in the mountains of Northeast Georgia, Karen Shayne spent her early years living a simple life on a small farm, enjoying her life of family, Sunday dinners around the table and sippin sweet tea on her Mama Spivey’s front porch.
In 2005, Karen's work brought her to Nashville Tennessee. She began her work in production by creating award-winning healthcare segments for Nashville based CBS and NBC. She was also featured in HuffPost, AOL/Yahoo, People Magazine, Nashville Business Journal, Hope For Women Magazine The Doctors Channel, Healthline, and ABC Chicago. Karen also hosted a radio show on Salem Media Network.
In 2012, Karen 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.
Today, Karen travels around the country finding stories that inspire and motivate. She also is the Publisher of New Focus Daily Magazine and Host/Executive Producer of the series, global storytelling movement, UNTOLD.
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.