Karen Gates was born as a premature baby in the city of Chicago, IL. At a gestational age she was already a target of the enemy. Karen was born with a speech disability that minimized her language use, ability to clearly speak words. Her vocabulary usage was nearly to none. As an elementary student she was referred to a speech therapist for three years in order to exercise and increase her words and vocabulary. This has allowed her to overcome and be a voice for many as they cross difficult places in life. Her motto is Every Voice Matters!