Nationally-known stand-up comic, humor educator, motivational speaker and diversity trainer Karen Williams, M.Ed, is the founder and CEO of the International Institute of Humor and Healing Arts, affectionately known as HaHA Institute. Her background includes more than 20 years of theatrical training, improvisational comedy, dance and movement, psychodrama, metaphysical studies and active parenting, as well as 40 years of Buddhist practice. She graduated summa cum laude from Cleveland State University with a personally designed major in "Humor and Healing," and earned a Master of Education degree from CSU's Adult Learning & Development program. She taught the nation's only four-credit Senior Seminar in Stand-Up Comedy in the Dramatic Arts department of Cleveland State University. Williams is also the creator and facilitator of the Humor-at-Large Workshop Series; founder of the National Women's Comedy Conference; past president of the Association of Women's Music and Culture; and former board member of AIDS, Medicine and Miracles, Love Makes A Family, and the National Black Justice Coalition. She is a certified provider of STC courses in communication skills and diversity for the California Board of State and Community Corrections, providing diversity training for police, probation, correctional and juvenile justice officers throughout the State of California.