n O t h e s i d e O of angels
S he has been hailed as an angel by a Congressman as well as a catastrophically injured, illiterate African-American man, and was once presented a bouquet of daisies by a Hells Angel who delivered them to her on his bike in gratitude for help she had given him.
But she had angels in her life who were there for her, too – a grandfather, William B. Schutte, an uncle, William J. Schutte, and her mother, Camille Meyers. They guided her to the belief that she could be and do whatever she put her incredibly gifted and tenacious mind to, and her career and volunteer activities are testament to that.
So many miracles in the life of Karen Meyers ’78 can be traced to a tragic event that occurred in her own life when she was very, very young. At the age of two, she lost her father in a construction accident. There was no insurance of any kind, and she and her mother, who was pregnant at the time,
moved in with her mother’s family. From that tragedy a life’s passion and a multi-disciplinary consulting firm eventually evolved — Little, Meyers, Garretson and Associates, Ltd., and an individual law practice that helps catastrophically injured people recover some of what they have lost, not only in terms of wages but, even more importantly, quality of life, as well as insurance companies.
In the process, she discovered a non- conventional way to use her law degree thanks to the urging of Chase Professor Roger Billings, who encouraged her to apply with an insurance company, Ohio Casualty Group (OCG), which was conducting on-campus interviews.
She already had a job and was living with her grandfather and her mother who likewise urged her to interview with the company. A half-hour into the interview she was asked to visit the home office and within four days
had an offer of employment. In her tenure with OCG she was the first person to hold the title of counsel with the company, and she received seven promotions in 11 years. She spent a total of 12-and-a-half years there, eventually serving as an officer of the company. “It was an odd set of skills they were seeking at Ohio Casualty,” she explained. “They wanted a financial background which I had, marketing flair which I try, and they wanted an attorney.
“Professor Billings is indeed one of God’s best,” she added. “He matched up an odd skill set with a wonderful company. In that match a career was born.”
“Joe Marcum, the CEO of Ohio Casualty, told me that no one could ever take my love of books away from me and that it was helpful to me in my work with their company,” she
1971 a B.A. from Thomas More College, summa cum laude
1978 an MBA from Xavier University and an M.Ed.
1978 a J.D. from Chase College of Law
1981 Chartered Life Underwriter
MEYERS HAS MULTIPLE DEGREES AND CERTIFICATIONS THAT SPAN A 23-YEAR PERIOD AND INCLUDE:
1984 Fellowship Life Management Institute