Fresno State Lyles Center: Pay It Forward ft. Karen Sperling

ProducerFresno State Lyles Center
DescriptionKaren lived in Los Angeles and New York City as a writer and film maker. Following in her family’s tradition: her grandfather was HM Warner of Warner Brothers and her father made 50 classic movies, she was the first woman to write, produce and direct feature films in this country and made the first feature film with an all-woman crew in 1973. She sued the government to change a proposition in the constitution that then allowed single people to adopt children from other countries. Karen wrote published novels that educated and entertained about the medical profession with her physician husband and helped build a learning, treatment and support center for women with Breast Cancer. She wrote screenplays, a Broadway musical and wrote and developed a unique series of children's interactive books, called Invitational Books. She designed and developed a mentoring program for the Boys And Girls Clubs of Los Angeles. She coaches and consults with writers, spiritual teachers and political activists to assist them in conceptualizing their mission and message. Over 50 years, Karen studied Alternative Medicine and taught Energy Medicine workshops around the country. While belonging to an interfaith community, for 35 years, she served those who had AIDS, were homeless and had substance abuse problems. She adopted 2 children, had a daughter and then took in 5 African-American children whose mother had died of AIDS. She now has 15 diverse grandchildren. Karen has been a street musician on the Venice Beach Boardwalk, playing the drums and flute. She is a consultant for The Nuclear Wakeup Call mentoring women to take a place at the table to prevent war, a council member of Kaiaulu: Protecting Ancient Forests and now living in Clovis, California she is a member of Cultural Arts Rotary Club of Fresno.
DateDecember 9, 2023