Karen Millsap began her career with talent acquisition and human resources where she led training and change initiatives. During this time, Karen’s life flipped upside down when her husband was tragically murdered. Millsap notes that at this moment in her life she could have done one of two things: give up or get up. On the journey to rebuilding her life, she found passion in helping others achieve the same goals— practical advice and life strategies that provide real results and skills to help people push through the everyday challenges that life brings. Karen’s client list includes NBC’s Golf Channel, Hubspot, Universal Orlando Parks & Resorts, and Sprint! Her work has also been featured in Forbes, SHRM Magazine, on Good Morning America, MSNBC, just to name a few. She’s also a regular contributor to Arianna Huffington’s THRIVE Global community. Millsap wears many hats: Mindset Expert, Keynote Speaker, Author, and most importantly, a mother.
Millsap has curated a business not only that she is passionate about but one that has come from her own experiences. She is able to educate those who may have struggled with mental health and depression on the tools to create a better life, mentally and emotionally. Millsap shares insight:
“I’m passionate about all things mindset and mental health. As a coach and strategist, I work with powerhouse women to help them develop a strong and healthy mindset so they can be their best when it matters most”
Millsap notes that through her journey as a speaker, she emphasizes that mental health is more than just about mental illness but, training the mind to be stronger.
There are people in our lives who we look up to and help us on our journeys, they often can be the driving force to set us up for success. These people often come in the form of mentors. Walker’s Legacy asked Millsap who has been a light in her journey, she shares that Simon T. Bailey has helped not only as a speaker, but in creating experiences for many different audiences. Karen also adds mentors who have influenced her:
“Abstract mentors who’ve impacted my work ethic and fuel my vision are Oprah, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Arianna Huffington, and Jameela Jamil.”
Karen’s “Why” is the same of women who may have struggled with hardships in their lives and the reason why many chose to overcome, and that reason being is because they are Mothers. One can not understand Millsap’s story without noting that everything up until this point is for her son:
“This work is a product of my personal journey and hard work rebuilding my life after a tragic event. I was determined to show my son you can take something bad and turn it into something good. “
This sentiment is a driving force and motivation in her life and the lives of the people that come in contact with her. You can’t control everything in life, but you can control how you respond to it.
The Future of WOC in Business
As we concluded our interview with Karen Millsap, we inquired about her hopes for the state of business for women of color over the next five years, she states a very positive and uplifting message:
“Changes are happening now, we’re just in the early stages. So from here, now that the fire has been ignited, I hope we will take brave action, speak up and lead boldly to create more waves of change.”
She notes that as we continue in our journeys, that we actually take the time and advocate for one another so that we are all able to grow, connect, and flourish.