ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Karyn Nishimura (nee-shee-murr-ah) Sneath owns the consultancy Npower. She likes to describe herself as a Flexible (and fun) Facilitator, a Smart Strategic Planner, and Creative Consultant.
"Npower" comes from two elements: N - for Nishimura and Power for her passion for empowerment - giving away power to strengthen and transform individuals and organizations.
Since 1987 Karyn has been a consultant, author, association senior-staff member, and higher education administrator. She tends to talk quickly and loudly - a habit from her teen years lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons in a noisy indoor pool.
Karyn has worked in higher education at the home of the Fighting Leathernecks (Western Illinois University) in the office of student activities and at the home of the Shockers (Wichita State University, Kansas) in student involvement and leadership. She also fell serendipitously into association management as the first female fraternity-life professional with the North-American Interfraternity Conference and then as a senior staff member with LEADERSHIP USA - a program of the National Association for Community Leadership.
Through Npower she has the best of both introversion and extroversion worlds, quietly working alone in her Carmel, IN office and partnering on occasion with her renowned "A-team" comprised of several partnered facilitators, strategists, consultants, and speakers.
Volunteering professionally and personally is important to her. Professionally, she serves the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) as a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She also spent three years with creative and participant-focused colleagues in the ASAE Professional Development Council (2009-2012).
Personally, she cares a lot about empowering women and girls world-wide through education and has served as a Trustee of the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation since its founding in 2010. Advancers of this cause want to lift women and girls out of poverty through education and financial empowerment. To complement that work, she's also a Troop leader to a fun, rowdy, and inquisitive Girl Scout troop of 11-year olds.
She celebrates 22 years with her Kansas Jayhawk husband, Steve, and both are thankful they bonded at Wichita State University in the early 90s playing together on a recreation league softball team.
Karyn Nishimura Sneath
Twitter handle: @knsneath