Hello, I'm Keryl Oliver
"I am passionate about any thing that brings together community. Especially when a group of diverse thinkers with diverse backgrounds unite through a common passion (like Literary Arts, for instance! or a plethora of other interests) and with the intrinsic desire to learn and grow from the different voices and lenses we each don. I go about my day understanding that no matter how or where we grew up or what we look like, we are all part of the same human family. I believe we are here to love and make our part of the world better for us and those around us—and especially for the next generation— than it was when we arrived. If we are very lucky, we will be given a larger territory to impact. That's my hope."
MY FAVORITE QUOTE
My mission in life is not merely to survive but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
A CLOSER LOOK
I am a business executive turned entrepreneur. My background is strategic development and marketing communications—which I use in my role as Chairperson of this festival. Although I achieved success in both the corporate and later the entrepreneur environments, I craved something that would feed this giant spirit that is within me, and thus suddenly changed my career path three years ago. Now, instead of working to help a company move from point A to point B, I work to help individuals do that. I am a personal and executive coach, a speaker, and yes, an author. It's still weird and wonderful to say that.
All the Light Inside of You is my first book. The decision to write these stories came from a part of me that is much deeper than my brain—the quiet voice that whispers to me when I allow myself to listen. Listening to that inner-voice is the foundation of the stories in this book. Have you ever wondered, from where does that voice come? Why is there such wisdom when it presses on a heart? Can we remove our own logic and human thinking to heed its guidance, even when it doesn’t make sense? I found the answers on my unique journey, which I share in my book. Parts of my journey seem more like a fiction novel than a nonfiction memoir. We live in a fascinating and mysterious world, and I believe we intrinsically possess everything we need to create the life we envision—because that light is already inside of you.