Born and raised in the Weequahic section of Newark, New Jersey, Karen M. Shenman is the consummate entrepreneur founding several successful businesses. With a ‘never give up positive attitude’ she has persevered to accomplish numerous goals. For Ms. Shenman it all begins with devotion to her family, her family always came first. She now has a wonderful husband, a daughter, and a son, both married. Her children have blessed her with four beautiful granddaughters, and one adorable grandson.
Ms. Shenman’s love for the creative arts always inspired her, especially painting on canvas. It’s amazing how art has woven its way throughout her entire life and career. From painting on canvas she then became the president / founder of a fabulous embellished womenswear company for many years, appropriately named, Accenté. Painting led to embellishing garments with rhinestones, studs, fringe, suede, and leather. She hired several employees to keep up with the demand for her beautiful designs. The garments were upscale and sold worldwide! At the same time, her husband’s cruelty was rocking her world. But she persevered, her motivation, she needed an income.
After the economy took a nosedive in early 1990’s, she went back to college and enrolled in a course for graphic design. A new business was born, Avista Graphics & Publishing creating brochures, newsletters, business cards, etc.
Moving far from home in 1998 to Las Vegas, Nevada (you’ll find out why in her book), Ms. Shenman created a very special, extremely successful publication! She was the president / founder of Las Vegas Now Magazine, ‘For and About the People of the Las Vegas Valley’, the only magazine of its kind in the Valley, in publication for 13 years. At one time it was the only magazine to reach one million of the best upscale homes per year. Inside the full color glossy pages were articles about health, education, restaurants, shows, movies, the political scene, fundraisers, individuals making a difference, etc.
It’s fascinating how one business can open the possibility for a new business venture. A television director approached her about an opportunity to develop television and radio programs based on the publication. Ms. Shenman became the executive producer, writer, and host. She interviewed her advertisers as well as individuals from the entertainment world, chefs from various restaurants, non-profits, and political figures. Las Vegas was an exciting place to work and play!
Ms. Shenman was quite excited when she was honored in 2005 by The Women of Diversity as one of the 200 women who made a difference in the City of Las Vegas during the last 100 years for the Las Vegas Centennial. In 2006, the Southern California Motion Picture Council, Los Angeles, CA, honored her for publishing an Outstanding Family Magazine!
All the while the abuse from her husband was tearing her apart. She stayed way too long in her marriage believing that with her love and devotion she could convince her husband to seek psychological help, but he refused.
Karen’s enlightening book tells how she survived it all and was able to move forward in order to tell her story and with the wisdom she gained, guide you!
Ms. Shenman is a motivational speaker on various topics including Spousal Abuse (Don’t Become a Martyr), Moving Forward After Death or Divorce of a Spouse, Relationships We C.R.E.A.T.E. Through Communication, Entrepreneurship, Never Give Up Your Passion, and more. She can be reached for speaking engagements through her CONTACT page on this website.