Ms. Karen Holmes
Advocate and Motivational Speaker


Karen Kendra Holmes works for the Federal Government as a Safety Officer. Karen received on June 7, 2018 by Capital Pride the Engendered Spirit Award. She was also a TED Talk speaker with TEDx Asbury Park, NJ on May 19, 2018 titled 40 Years and Wandering No More. In April 2017 she received the 2017 Monica Roberts Advocacy Award. She was selected in January 2017 by LGBTQ Nation as one of the “Top 50 Successful Transgender Americans You Should Know”. In May of 2015, she was honored in a special edition among 41 other women from around the world in The Platform Magazine, for up and inspiring females who have made a difference with their platform and inspired others with their positive values towards others. In April 2014 she received the “Willis Greene Community Service Award” by the Corporation for National & Community Service. In October 2013 she received “Soldier of the Year”, out of the country, by the State Guard Association of the United States out of 24 states and 23 thousand soldiers. In December 2012 she received “Non Commission Officer Soldier of the Year” by the Maryland State Guard Association and the Maryland Defense Force. She is now serving with the US Veterans Reserve Corps.