Karen SmallsGwen Witherspoon
Executive Director, Operations
Karen Smalls is result-oriented and committed to individual and group progress. She is an earnest advocate of personal confidence and growth and highly motivated to strengthen people one-by-one, making an entire group unstoppable. An insightful facilitator of positive change, Karen can be counted on to initiate action that brings about change. Known for her dramatic style, Karen is a persuasive communicator. She has a natural ability to analyze any situation to determine what is needed. As a trainer, she is capable of developing programs that effectively motivate people to meet those needs and reach a desired end. Her foresight, wisdom, and delivery leave a lasting mark wherever she goes.
One of her passions is enlarging the capacity of people to achieve their goals and live full lives. Those who attend her conferences and workshops or receive her coaching always leave with stronger relationships, increased self esteem, and energy to pursue their dreams. Karen replaces discouragement with hope and ambiguity with purpose, and she provides the tools for personal growth.
As the executive director of operations for Word Church Now, Karen is the senior operating officer of the organization working alongside her husband, Bernard, to a create a culture of growth and effectiveness. Her primary focus is leadership development–for which she carries a masters degree, managing administrative support, and oversight of all support functions.
She is the mother of Travian, Terrence, Aaron, and Alexia and Nana to soon-to-be five grandchildren. When she’s not building and developing and working on her doctoral thesis as a PhD candidate in the psychology of organizational behavior, she’s coloring and keeping everyone away from her perfectly sharpened deluxe box of Crayola crayons.