Karyn Nishimura Sneath

Karyn Nishimura Sneath
CEO, Npower

Chapter Leadership Speaker


Karyn Nishimura (nee-shee-murr-ah) Sneath owns Npower, a leadership and organizational development consulting practice. She likes to describe herself as a Flexible (and fun) Facilitator, a Smart Strategic Planner, and Creative Consultant.

Npower was born in 2001 and from two elements: N – for Nishimura and Power for her passion for empowerment – giving away power to strengthen and transform individuals and organizations.

Since 1987 Karyn has been a consultant, author, association senior-staff member, and higher education administrator. Karyn has worked in higher education at the home of the Fighting Leathernecks (Western Illinois University) in the office of student activities and at the home of the Shockers (Wichita State University, Kansas) in student involvement and leadership. She also fell serendipitously into association management as a senior staff member with the North-American Interfraternity Conference and then with LEADERSHIP USA – a program of the National Association for Community Leadership.


In 2018, she was named a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) which recognizes individual accomplishments and contributions to ASAE and the association sector. Fellows comprise just 1% of the overall ASAE membership. Volunteering professionally and personally is important to her. Professionally, she is currently a member of the ASAE Key Consultants Committee. Previously, she served two terms on its Professional Development Section Council (2017-2018 and 2009-2012) and one term on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee (2013). Karyn is also committed to young professionals’ development having served as the co-lead facilitator of the annual ASAE Future Leaders Conference from 2004-2019. 

Personally, she volunteers as a board member for the Sigma Kappa Foundation as governance chair, a role she has held since 2016. Karyn was a 30-year member of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors.

She’s been married to her Kansas Jayhawk husband, Steve, since 1992. Both are thankful they bonded while working at Wichita State University in the early 1990s playing together on a recreation league softball team. She is constantly learning from one of the most interesting and thoughtful female leaders, her teenage daughter Skyler.

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