Karyn Nishimura Sneath’s Bio
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Karyn Nishimura (nee-shee-murr-ah) Sneath owns Npower, a leadership and organizational development consulting practice. 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.
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, Indiana office and partnering on occasion with her renowned “A-team” which is comprised of several partnered facilitators, strategists, consultants, and speakers.
Volunteering professionally and personally is important to her. Professionally, she currently serves the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) as a member of the Professional Development Council and as the co-lead facilitator for the Future Leaders Conference since 2008. She also served as a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee (2014) and three years with creative and participant-focused colleagues in the ASAE Professional Development Council (2009-2012). Karyn also celebrates 30 years as a member of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, an organization she has volunteered for since first joining.
Personally, she cares a lot about empowering women and girls world-wide through education and has served as a founding Trustee of the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation (2010-2015). Advancers of this cause want to lift women and girls out of poverty through education and financial empowerment. Currently, she serves as a Sigma Kappa Foundation Trustee as the Governance Committee Chairman. The Foundation’s focus is to raise funds for the Sorority’s educational and leadership programming and its philanthropic focus – the Alzheimer’s Association.
She celebrates 24 years with her Kansas Jayhawk husband, Steve, and both are thankful they bonded at Wichita State University in the early 90’s playing together on a recreation league softball team. She is constantly learning from one of the most interesting and thoughtful female leaders, her 13-year-old daughter Skyler.