Board of Connectors

Wendy Van Alstyne

Sport Industry Executive, Beyond Yoga & Founder, Steele Angel

I met and knew Wendy from a distance while working at Adidas. We became not just colleagues but true friends while working together at Under Amour. Wendy joined me at Beyond Yoga and we continued to learn and grow together.

I am proud of what she and I accomplished at Beyond Yoga and even more impressed with her new retail company, Steele Angel. This brand and retail concept creates a beautiful gathering space that encourages the strength within us all to live with purpose, love and gratitude. You might find something that inspires you or experience a conversation with someone that strengthens you while shopping at Steele Angel in store or on the website!

Diane Walsh

Executive Assistant, Beyond Yoga

Diane answered an ad in a local newspaper to fill an office manager role when I was leading the apparel sales on the west coast for FILA. Diane came in and managed the office with such strength and kindness.  I encouraged her to join Beyond Yoga where she currently plays an important supportive role to the CEO.

While working together, we connected at another level and she is part of my inner circle of special friends.

Diane has been supportive on many levels and has given me extra guidance during difficult times and we share joy in the everyday.  She makes everyone's day better and is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and take action when needed because she has also been quiet enough to learn and listen to what is needed.  She will be helping make the FemmeQ Summit in LA a reality as we work together again on this new project.

Donna Barney

Educator & Founder, The Miggy Method

Donna or "Ms Barney" has been a teacher for 27 years. Throughout her professional journey she has been very fortunate to contribute to the education of hundreds of children. With her newly created mindful teaching concept with animated characters she hopes to help our children better learn to maintain their own internal balance so they can be calm and positively charged to soak up the knowledge all around them! This mindfulness will lead to a better world for all.

Donna and I have lived in the same community for 20+  years and became friends as we raised our children together. We share similar philosophies relating to our practice of yoga and are energized to have these new projects that help the greater good.

Karen's Favorite Connections


Mentor and Advisory Board Member for HYPE Foundation

HYPE foundation is the biggest eco-system in sports innovation. With more than 26k members from brands, sports clubs, federations, and academia, together with 8k+ startups – HYPE has an unmatched outreach for global companies in this field.

HYPE foundation was established in 2014 by MG Equity partner’s investment house in order to develop and promote global entrepreneurship and innovation in the world of Sports. It has created the fastest growing global eco-system for sports innovation with more than 26,000 key industry members.

We believe that sports and innovation are the best ways to create a bigger impact in the world that is becoming more divided and alienated than ever.



The Flourish Initiative

Graduate of The Flourish Initiative Leading with Grace & Resilience Training-completed May 2017, Sherborne, UK

What does it take to build an organisation where people flourish and business prospers?

The essential ingredient for business prosperity is human flourishing. Business prospers when leaders meet the real needs of their people, their customers and the organisation.

We help you lead from your true purpose, unlock the full potential of your people, and fulfil the power of your business promise.


Boody Eco Wear

Launching Boody Active in the United States

Boody was born in Sydney, Australia as a challenge to design simple, comfortable and attractive apparel with earth-friendly materials.

Our viscose made from bamboo is blended with a touch of nylon and elastane to create a fabric that is superbly soft, stretchy and wrinkle-free. Boody is thermoregulating, breathable and eco-friendly; the perfect fit for you and for the planet.

Our North America team is headquartered in sunny San Diego. Boody is sold through retail partners who care about the social responsibility of selling eco-friendly goods. We are committed for every product we create to be good for you and for the earth. Our collection of everyday essentials are stylish, soft, individualistic and, most of all, friendly to the world around us.

Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research


Founded in 1997, the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing pancreatic cancer research, and providing information, resources, and support to pancreatic cancer patients and their families.


North America Representative and Team member of FemmeQ

Please join us to reshape the future

Profound change arises when we are challenged to create entirely new ways of living and leading and are willing to take action.

To shape the future that is needed in our world today we must bring into balance the masculine and the feminine.  Indispensable feminine wisdom and qualities are needed now more than ever: the potency of COMPASSION, the gift of DEEP LISTENING, the brilliance of INTUITION and the warmth of INCLUSIVITY.  Marginalised for centuries they are emerging strongly again.

We invite you to join women and men around the world who are awakening these qualities within and reclaiming their authority and power to serve the greater good, to protect and honour life and shape a world which serves human flourishing and planetary regeneration.

All over the world, in all systems, we see the devastation caused by the old patriarchal system, and the global consequences that cut across societies, geographies and generations. The feminine intelligence that exists in both women and men is now needed to face the current crises and bring a radical shift in the way we live and lead.

We call this intelligence FemmeQ.




Graduate of 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training via YogaWorks


We’re here to honor and empower your journey toward personal growth and well-being.

No matter your age or fitness level, we aim to inspire ease, confidence and a sense of possibility that lasts long after you roll up your mat.

Dr Scilla Elworthy

Community member of Dr. Scilla Elworthy

Peace is Possible

Many people feel powerless in the face of what they see on TV or read in the news - a world in crisis, with wars and violence taking place across the globe.

In my book Business Plan for Peace I teach you how to step out of helplessness and apply your own personal skills do something about challenges now facing us.

USC Inter-Fraternity Council

Member of USC Inter-Fraternity Council
Co-President for Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity Parent’s Club

The fraternity and sorority community at USC exemplifies what Greek organizations should be. With 19 fraternities in the Interfraternity Council and 11 sororities in the Panhellenic Council, our Greek community boasts over 4,500 members and has established itself as one of the most diverse, exciting, and well respected systems in the country.

Recognized nationally as a trend-setter in Greek life, Greeks at the University of Southern California are constantly being recognized for academic, philanthropic, athletic, and social achievements. The Greek community has been and will always be one of USC’s proudest traditions. Fight On!

Connection Experiences

Skillful, passionate, kind, courageous leader

Skillful, passionate, kind, courageous, leader-these are just a few of the words that come to mind when I think Karen. Whether she's coaching her sales team or championing world peace, Karen is a force to reckon with, and someone I want in my inner circle. ~Laurenn Cutshaw, Brand Strategy & Marketing Lead

MVA-Most Valuable Advisor!

"When I need smart and heart, I call Karen. She quickly understands a situation and can see two paths toward a solution. I consider her one of my most valuable advisors, mentors and friends."
Laura Jenks, CMO, agron, Inc.

Karen Has Been An Inspiration

Karen may be the sweetest person I know, and she works twice as hard as anyone I know.  If you get the chance, please contact her and set up a time to meet with her.  You will not regret it!

Jason Sminchak, Website Manager

She Helped Me Soooo Much!

I honestly didn't know where else to turn.  When Karen and I met, I knew right away that we were going to connect.  She helped me see some things that I didn't see before.  Thank you so much Karen!


Bringing people together to work towards a common goal.

Karen has been a huge support in my life since meeting her last year. I love the connections I've made through our friendship and the mentorship she has provided with her kind and guiding hand and words of advice. She never ceases to amaze me with ability to bring people together to work towards a common goal. In a world filled with noise, she's helping to instill quiet but strong healing.
~Katherine Terrien, Singer Songwriter

Karen has found her true path…

Karen has found her true path. Her talents and passion have now merged into a bigger plan of action to help change and improve the world. Her amazing energy and support will help others create their path to a higher level. I look forward to seeing where this goes and I recommend others do too. ~Stacy Barrows, Doctor of PT, Movement Teacher and Inventor of the Smartroller product line and owner of Century City Physical Therapy.

Inspired and enlightened!

Whenever I speak to Karen, I feel inspired and enlightened. Unfortunately for me, we live on opposite coasts of the U.S. I only wish she was a presence in my every day life. I would surely be a better person. Maryellen McCarthy, Athletic/Event Promotions and Product Development at FILA.

Karen truly cares!

Karen is one of the most genuine people I have had the pleasure to know and work with. She truly cares about the people with whom she comes into contact. ~Jen Robinson, International Sales

Positive energy and optimistic outlook are infectious!

I worked with Karen for several years at Under Armour. She is the best combination of loving, smart and hardworking that you can find in a person. Her positive energy and optimistic outlook are infectious. Anybody that has the opportunity to connect with her will be glad that they did. ~Melissa de la Santa, Sr Manager Global Licensing at Under Armour

Head and heart come together in such a special way in business!

Meeting with Karen on a leadership retreat in the UK was an inspiration. Her participation, her joy, her insights, her warmth her passion, her consideration and her own wisdom helped bring both depth and lightness to our program. It was a pleasure to meet and be with Karen for the whole week. I would highly recommend Karen's mentorship and coaching. It is not often that head and heart come together in such a special way in business, especially the fast-paced and competitve world of sport. ~Mary Dwyer, Founding Director of Impact Solutions International-Australia

So happy to working with Karen!

Karen's creativity she displayed with FemmeQ project was genius. I am so happy to be working with her. ~Dr. Scilla Elworthy

Amazing mentor!

I feel very fortunate to have met Karen, she is truly one of the most kind -hearted individuals I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. She has been an amazing mentor that has always supported me and encouraged me to reach my full potential. ~Katie Stove, Retail Marketing Manager

Ultimate Connector!

Karen is the ultimate connector! It is truly a gift she was given and we are all so blessed to be apart of it. ~Shaya Kirkpatrick, Founder and Board Director-Grades of Green

Great people create great relationships and trust!

As a boss and a friend, I couldn't ask for a better partner than Karen. She brought her strengths to the table, but never rode you over or forced her views on you in any situation. She has a great sense of balance and lets her people do what they are qualified to do without hands on supervision. I always knew she was there for me if I needed her. Great people create relationships and trust. That's Karen in a nutshell. ~Bill Dabney, Manager at Southern Apparel Group of GA

Thankful and appreciated Karen’s support and guidance

I'm so thankful Karen has stayed connected with me. I will always appreciate her support and guidance when I first entered the athletic marketplace and a new venture for REI ~Kelly Maggs, Sr CMM Lifestyle Footwear Men's/Women's/Kid's