About Me

“A good story knows no strangers.” – Wm. Paul Young

Hi there! I’m Kara Kemp and I am a speaker and storytelling coach for visionary leaders who wish to leverage the power of their personal narrative. For over two decades I have facilitated off-the-shelf approaches for strengthening work cultures and creative leaders. I have crafted systems for companies and individuals in non-profit and for-profit sectors. I work with organizations and leadership teams on how to harness the power of storytelling to maintain momentum in their field. I am a firm believer that communication and collaboration are the keystones to effective work cultures and to encourage bold choices that expedite success.

I am a Tennessee native with an eclectic career history in management as a managing director of a theatre company, hospitality crew chief for touring bands and am currently the general manager of Tangerine Salon and Spa, one of middle Tennessee’s largest Aveda Lifestyle Salons—named a top salon in the nation eight years in a row. I am the founder and producer of a national, award-winning storytelling event, United We Style, benefiting United Way, as well as co-creator and producer of The Bloom Stage, a multi-genre storytelling platform.

Education, Training and Experience

  • BA, Theatre, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Managing Director, Actors Co-op, Knoxville, TN
  • Dega Catering Crew Chief, Nashville, TN
  • Qnity for Leaders with Tom Kuhn
  • Brene Brown Courage Works online course
  • Neill Corporation Culture and Leadership Training
  • Structure and Cultural Development
  • Red Chocolate Coaching with Virginia Meyer