Kari Steele is the perfect representation of what it means to persevere and find your inner strength to discover your passion. Regardless of how many obstacles were in her way, she was determined to find a career that she was not only passionate about but would also help support her family.
After graduating with her GED, she experienced hardships from dropping out of a non-accredited college with no credits being able to transfer to losing her first job at Microsoft after a year due to outsourcing. This led her to start considering what she wanted to be when she grows up.
Fast forward, she decides to go back to school, where she enrolls in a college to receive her Associate of Applied, Business Management degree. At the time, she became a dislocated worker, and they paid her to go to school for medical transcription in dictation. She thought this degree would help her receive a good-paying job with long-term stability; however, after dabbling in the medical field, she realized the career field was dying off.
After trying this and it not working out, she decided to be a stay-at-home mom to her five children while her husband worked to support their family. While taking care of her family, she was always trying to better herself, her situation and worked to create new opportunities. In 2010, she started her own business, All in Cheer, LLC, in Tiffin, Ohio, and volunteered with the Tiffin-Seneca United Way. Steele's business was about providing opportunities for all children, no matter their income, to be involved in competitive cheer. However, the economy slowed down, and that ultimately led her to close the business in 2012.
United Way of Seneca County