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About Karen Osborne

The ARDX Foundation is honored to have Karen E. Osborne, philanthropist and author of “Getting It Right,” keynote this year’s 10th Annual Women’s Wellness Celebration.

“We are thrilled to have Karen as this year’s 10th Annual Women’s Wellness Celebration Luncheon Keynote,” states Penny Sanchez, Executive Director for the ARDX Foundation. “Her passion of storytelling to depict her extraordinary journey to mental wellness is absolutely captivating, and one I know our attendees will be inspired by.”

​In her recently acclaimed novel, “Getting It Right,” which was declared a “2017 summer must-read” by Essence Magazine, this novel explores grit and resilience, evolving definitions of race and family, and the ultimate power of redemption and forgiveness.

For forty-two years, like her protagonist Kara in “Getting It Right,” Karen suffered the consequences of childhood sexual abuse, before finding a therapist who helped navigate her healing journey.  During these years of gut-wrenching work, Karen freed secrets and worked through their aftermath.  Along the way, she met dozens of other survivors and explored their narratives, motivations, successes, and setbacks – ultimately learning the restorative power of generosity, gratitude, redemption, and forgiveness.

More About Karen

Karen is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.  She founded The Osborne Group, a philanthropy and organizational management consulting firm, now run by her son, Robert Osborne, Jr.

Awarded for excellence as a motivational speaker and trainer, she is the recipient of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s Crystal Apple for public speaking and the Ashmore Award for Outstanding Service.  Karen serves on the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Board.