All posts by Karen Wilson-Starks

May 24, 2022

Dennis Welch Interview I: Find the Hook that Makes You Memorable

Dennis Welch is the President and Owner of Articulate PR and Communications, a songwriter, and the author of two books, “So…What are You Saying?” and “Rich People Shop Here.” For 13 years he was also in management and a senior staff writer for the Gallup organization.  In this segment Dr. Karen speaks with Dennis about the joy in finding your calling, the best way to bring out the gifts in yourself and others, and how to be memorable as you make a unique impact. Dennis also sings one of his phenomenal songs.

Reach Dennis Welch at www.welch-words.com; www.bearticulate.com

May 19, 2022

Resilience Lessons from Comedians Chris Rock, David Chappelle, and Kevin Hart

With more attacks of celebrity comedians on stage, what lessons can we observe and learn from these incidents? What are the business applications? In this episode, Dr. Karen reveals five resilience lessons business leaders can learn from comedians.

May 17, 2022

Tribute to Thomas (Tom) E. Robinson (15 Dec 1945- 4 April 2022)

Tom Robinson, beloved husband, father; Star Athlete; Co-Founder of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company; Math teacher; Football, Basketball, and Golf Coach; High School and College Football Official; Associate Commissioner for the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA); and College Football Replay Official is now gone too soon at 76 years old. Tom lived an extraordinary life dedicated to shining the light and focus on others. In this heart-felt tribute, Dr. Karen shares his accomplishments, contributions, impact, and the immense love he had for his wife and soulmate. Dr. Karen concludes with five “Living Leadership Legacy lessons” we can learn from Tom Robinson.

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May 10, 2022

Conversation with Dr. Clarence Shuler on How Life-Changing Cross Cultural Friendships Can Heal Racial Divides

Dr. Clarence Shuler, President and CEO of Building Lasting Relationships, marriage counselor, speaker, life and relationship coach, diversity consultant, and author of more than 10 books joins Dr. Karen to talk about his new book, “Life-Changing Cross Cultural Friendships: How You Can Help Heal Racial Divides, One Relationship at a Time.” Dr. Shuler shares some of the lessons he has learned from his 54 year relationship with New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Gary Chapman, author of “The Five Love Languages.”

Reach Dr. Clarence Shuler at clarenceshuler.com. Purchase pre-sale copies of his book “Life-Changing Cross Cultural Friendships” from his site or Amazon

May 5, 2022

Will Smith Postscript: Opportunity for Reset

As marketplace ministry leaders we too make mistakes. What can we learn from the Will Smith situation? In moments when we don’t show up at our best, there is an opportunity for a reset. In this episode, Dr. Karen shares the steps, questions, lessons, and insights of an effective reset.

May 3, 2022

The Courage of the People of Ukraine

In this episode, Dr. Karen reflects on the courage of the Ukrainian people as they stand on their principles and values to fight an unprovoked war against Russia, a much larger country. She also shares more than ten examples of how Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy demonstrates effective and admirable leadership under fire. He embodies the principles and lessons she shares in her book, Lead Yourself First: The Senior Leader’s Guide to Engaging Your People for Greater Performance and Impact.”

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April 26, 2022

Interview with Alison Cornell, CFO to large national and global Corporations

Alison Cornell, a certified Treasury Professional, was Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of two major New York Stock Exchange listed corporations, both of which were global. Prior to those roles, she held significant financial positions at AT&T where she learned how to be a corporate executive. Even today, women hold only 10% of major corporate CFO jobs. Currently Director and Audit Committee Chair at ZIVO Bioscience, Inc and Chou2 Pharma, Ms. Cornell is still committed to the development of women both in the US and abroad. Join Dr. Karen and Ms. Cornell for senior executive leadership development lessons you can apply today.

April 21, 2022

Will Smith, Chris Rock, and the Oscars

What life and business lessons can we learn from the incident at the Oscars between Will Smith and Chris Rock? What do you do when you approach the pinnacle of success, and the Enemy comes to disrupt your blessings? As a marketplace ministry leader, how do you resolve serious altercations and conflicts in the workplace? Dr. Karen shares her insights and Biblical strategies for resisting the Devil at work.

April 19, 2022

Resurrection Day: Current Applications

Events are not always as they appear. Jesus conquers the last enemy, the death that brings us so much pain. As Jesus was dying on the cross, it may have looked like defeat even though He was securing the greatest victory ever. In this episode, Dr. Karen reflects on world and personal events of suffering to remind us that the final story is bigger than what we see. God invites us to trust Him even when we don’t understand.

April 12, 2022

From Success, to Significance, to Surrender with Dean Niewolny, Chairman of the Board of Halftime

Dean Niewolny, Chairman of the Board and Ambassador of Halftime Institute, spent 23 years in executive roles with three of Wall Street’s largest financial firms. Inspired to go beyond success to serving others, he and his wife began trips to South Africa and now provide orphan and hospice care in Durbin. The author of “Trade Up: How to Go From Just Making Money to Making a Difference,” Dean talks to Dr. Karen about what he has learned on the journey and how the Halftime Institute creates life transformation for the marketplace executives they serve.

Reach Halftime at halftimeInstitute.org and Dean at Dean.niewolny@halftime.org