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Karen Pandy-Cherry is a serial entrepreneur who managed her first corporation with her father, Frank, at the age of fifteen and owned her first company by seventeen. She gained experience in the non-profit sector working as a community organizer and program manager fighting against inequality and increasing awareness about issues affecting families. She is the Board Vice Chair of the LA Lee YMCA and a member of Communities of Promise Health & Wellness Solution Coalition, which was formed to address various issues affecting community residents in the 33311 area of Fort Lauderdale. Karen is also the Mentorship Chair for the New Leaders Council-Broward County, a 501(c)(3) that works to recruit, train and promote the progressive political entrepreneurs of tomorrow — trendsetters, elected officials and civically-engaged leaders in business and industry. She is the host of The Roundtable Show, which she uses as a platform to discuss her work in the community with others who are involved in making history as well. She is a 2017 recipient of the Woman of Distinction Awards and received a Proclamation from Broward County Commission on Women's History as a Trailblazing Woman in Labor & Business. She is an author for the National Millennial Compact to America and her mission in life is to give hope and opportunity to individuals and communities.
Karen in her own words: “My husband and I created Refresh Live to address the needs of various communities dealing with access to healthy food, creating solutions to garden-to-table issues and economic security for struggling communities. We started a culinary internship program that teaches soft skills to youth ages 14-21 and pairs them with jobs from one of our many private/non-profit partners in the community. I work with various youth organizations to teach the skills that can help youth who are transitioning out of the system (foster care, DJJ etc.). My focus is to teach people how to create jobs and economic security using the same method that will allow them to put food on the table."
Karen is a graduate of St. Thomas University Law School and holds a BA degree in Organizational Leadership & Group Communications from Trinity International University. She is co-owner of Refresh Live, A Food/ Education & Lifestyle Company and Bring Organics Back, A Personal Chef Service which were both formed around her work combating economic inequality and social justice issues. Karen is wife to Chef Chad Cherry and the mother of three, Kytana (20); Kyrsten (13) & Zyon (4).