Karen Hanson holds an undergraduate degree in Communications from Cleveland State University and a graduate degree in Ministry from Ursuline College. She conducts lectures, retreats, workshops and children’s programming related to empowerment through self-awareness.

She also works to build bridges of awareness, understanding, and connection by sharing her stories and experiences with organizations about her travels in India, Nepal, El Salvador, and Peru. She discusses the realities of gender injustice and such needs as education and clean water.  She lives with her husband in northern Ohio and is the mother of three adult children.