Karen Millsap became a widow at 29 when her husband was tragically murdered while teaching his CrossFit class. After losing most of her support network and experiencing a domino effect of other losses, Karen recognized the overall lack of support in our society for grieving people. 

Grief is ever present across the nation and around the world from the death of loved ones, to life-altering illnesses, divorce - even job loss. This realization ignited Karen’s desire turn her pain into purpose and pay it forward to help others.

Karen’s corporate services division of The Grief Consultant, Egency, offers culture solutions to help organizations implement practical empathy in the workplace to strengthen engagement and improve overall performance. Karen also founded Well Now Global Retreats, wellness-inspired retreats to help you navigate complex or suppressed emotional baggage and also teach you how to implement simple healthy habits that will change, and can often save, your life.  And her upcoming book Now What? is a simple guide to master phase next. We've all experienced a "worst moment of my entire life"  and we’re left thinking the same question, "Now what?"  In her book, Karen shares her journey of healing and personal development and gives you guidance on how to pick yourself up, grow through any hardship, and ultimately unleash the best version of yourself.

"My personal mission is to take my pain, turn it into purpose and pay it forward. Being a widow has completely changed my perspective on life so I hope to inspire and empower others who are rebuilding their lives while grieving a loss."

Karen received her undergraduate degree in Communication from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She began her career in human resources and talent acquisition where she acquired training skillsets from her experience leading organizations through re-org, developing and executing new standard procedures, and rolling out companywide initiatives. Karen is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist through the Grief Recovery Institute in Los Angeles, California.