Creating a Sense of Community Throughout The Appalachian Highlands

2019 Power Woman: K.C. St. Louis

I grew up in Upper Arlington, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. I was raised by 2 incredible parents. Mom was a portrait painter and sporting artist. She taught me to find the beauty in everybody no matter their walk in life. Dad is a Rotarian and instilled the importance of giving back to the community. He helped start Polio Plus which many know has all but eradicated polio on the planet. (1% to go!) I have 5 awesome brothers and 1 dear sister. First Community Church, a forward thinking, multi-denominational church, paved the way for my interest in healing energies. God has blessed me with 2 beautiful daughters, 2 fine sons-in-law and 6 grandchildren.

How do you want people to remember you? As a kind and caring individual.

Describe one of your biggest failures. What lessons did you learn, and how did it contribute to a greater success? It’s not a failure if you learn from it, right?! Every lesson learned contributes to greater success. I tell my staff all the time, “There are no mistakes just opportunities for improvement. Don’t get down on yourself. Learn from each experience. Good or bad, it’s all good.”

When did you consider yourself a success? The first time a friend told me I’d made a positive impact on their life.

Define a great leader. What are some traits you think great leaders possess? A great leader helps others to find their greatness even though it usually means losing them to that greatness.

What do you see as your place or purpose in life? How did you come to that conclusion? I am a healer. My mother tells the story of when I was a little girl and we were sitting in the front row of church. During his sermon, the minister came out of his pulpit and stood in front of me saying, “Jesus says, these things I do, you can do and greater.” I turned to my Mom and said, “I want to know how you touch people and heal them.”

Mom and I have spent our lives studying Holy Spirit and the vibrational movement of energies.

I find it fascinating I’ve stumbled into a business that sells a product that heals by its mere consumption. Literally, customers are finding such relief from gout, arthritis, diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol issues, just to name a few. How cool is that?! But the most thrilling thing of all for me is that people come into my shops for the love, baby! Each sale comes with a heartfelt hug of appreciation and I can’t tell you the number of letters and calls I’ve received from those who needed just that on that day!

Tell us about how you got into your line of work. Sometimes the entrepreneurial world finds you. In my case, my children were grown and moving on in their lives. A friend took me into an oil and vinegar store; I came home with six bottles. My family and I had so much fun playing with the different flavors and sharing them with friends. I also noticed the pain from arthritis in my hands and knees was subsiding. The store was 3 1/2 hours from our home and every time I went to replenish, my friends would say, “While you’re there, get me this. Get me that.” When I came home with 10 orders and 18 bags, I thought “This would be a great business!” I never expected it to turn into a business that would bring such great health benefits to so many and bring me such joy in the sharing of information.

Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider being the most significant in your career. I sat 15 years on the National Advisory Board of the Adam Walsh Children’s Fund that became The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. I remember Amber Hagerman’s dad coming for help. At that time, we knew the first 20 minutes of a child missing were the most important for finding that child. We needed a way to get the word out and get it out quickly. This was before cell phones were the mainstream and digital highway signs existed. We were able to connect with the U.S. Department of Transportation that was working on a national highway information system to let people know of accidents on the road ahead. The rest is history. What a feeling of accomplishment when I was sitting in Main Street Pizza with friends a few years ago and everybody’s cell phone buzzed in unison. Everybody looked at their phone and noticed the AMBER Alert. So cool!! Of course, it took a village, but I know I was a part of that success. I view this as one of my greatest contributions.

What would be your personal motto? Make me an instrument of Thy perfect peace.

What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess? Leader should know that it takes a village. Acknowledge others with gratitude for the roll they play in your success.

As a mentor to us all, what is one piece of advice that you would give to readers? Allow enough time to process before making decisions.

What’s your superpower, or what’s your spirit animal? My superpower is my confidence in me and my confidence in God. Most especially, my confidence in our connection!

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