Inner light, soul’s code, spark of the divine, true self. Whatever words may strike a chord and speak to your heart, the journey on finding, trusting, and using your voice is inside-out work of a lifetime. Finding your voice is not the destination; it is a manner of traveling as told through the story lens of my journey. Sankofa. Use the thought-provoking questions to revisit and re-claim your past; to reflect and reminisce on the present. Explore what it means to be faithful to your true nature. Find and use your voice in a world that needs it; for no one else can dance your dance, sing your song or write your story.
Karen Lynn Marshall Gilliam, Ph.D, is a storyteller, grandmother of twelve, and great-grandmother of one. It is as much for her grandchildren as it is in service to a greater good that she is called to inspire others to find and articulate their voices and to remember their stories so that they may pass them on. The findings from her dissertation from Antioch University, which can be downloaded online from the OhioLINK ETD Center, reiterates the importance for people to know where they come from, what they’ve been through and where they go from here. Karen is currently employed as an organization development practitioner and is the owner of Gilliam Consulting, a training and organization development practice. She and her husband, John, reside in Bedford Heights, Ohio where Karen serves as a council woman and where both are members of Mt. Zion Church of Oakwood Village.