Life is full of defining moments—those experiences and relationships that change the course of the future. Wife of a military veteran who later lost his battle with cancer, Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito is no stranger to adversity. With a strong sense of purpose, she pursued her calling, transitioning from marketing to build Elva Resa Publishing, where her writing serves military families of those deployed. With a focus on intentionality in where she is now and where she wants to go, Karen talks about how she maintains alignment with her purpose as she pursues the next chapter.
Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito is an inspiring publisher, award-winning writer, and dynamic international speaker who believes in the importance of community and the power of stories to transform lives.
Her executive-level business leadership crosses corporate and entrepreneurial ventures, spanning more than three decades in the book and magazine publishing industry, with special expertise in startups, niche go-to-market strategies, virtual teams, and nontraditional programs. She currently serves on the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) national board of directors.
Karen is the founder and publisher of Elva Resa Publishing, a Minnesota-based traditional independent publisher specializing in books for military families. Directing extensions of the Elva Resa business portfolio, Karen is also publisher of Books Make A Difference, an online magazine celebrating the positive impact of books around the world; and publisher of Military Family Life, an online resource offering information and encouragement to military families. Elva Resa’s online store, MilitaryFamilyBooks.com, is both a consumer etailer and wholesale distributor of resources for military families.
As an author, Karen is best known for her multiple award-winning children’s novel Summer of Courage (Perch, Mrs. Sackets, and Crow’s Nest) and her popular guides for military families: Surviving Deployment and Life After Deployment
She is a sought-after speaker on the topics of writing, publishing, leadership, relationships, faith, grief, and military life. She advocates on behalf of military families, writers, independent publishers, and women in business. A mom, songwriter, photographer, hall-of-fame athlete, and avid traveler, Karen strives to use her passions and talents to make a difference in people’s lives.