About Karen Powers Wan

I help people and communities build restorative prosperity.  I am an award-winning writer and sustainable program director, and certified meditation instructor from the Open Heart Project. I also serve on the Sustainable Aurora Advisory Board of the second largest city in Illinois, and the board for the National Water Center in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. 

©2019 by Karen Powers Wan.

Some of my Favorite Past and Current Projects


Helping leaders and organizations create sustaining stories in their life and work for over 15 years.

Strategic Communications and Plans

Creating and implementing strategic plans is something that I've been doing my whole career.  I have been told that I'm good at organizing complex projects.

To see an example of a current strategic planning project:

Mindful Leadership Development

Over the years, I have used my professional writing background to create unique ways of telling business and personal stories.

This book as an example of combining mindful leadership with strategic and creative communications.

Project Development and Management

For many years, I worked with the CEO of the Chicago Manufacturing Center to transform her vision of sustainable manufacturing into reality to create the Waste to Profit Network for the City of Chicago.


“Karen has helped me to be more creative since way back in 2004 when we first met.  I am pleased to be a member of her Restorers Corner program, because I know she will inspire me to to take restorative actions that I need at this time in my life.”

— Marvin Klein,

Founder of PortionPac