- Diversity Affairs
- Kari Harbath
Kari Harbath grew up in Ogden, UT- with a rich childhood fully immersed in all Ogden has to offer. Kari was part of the first set of students at DaVinci Charter School, she volunteered and worked at Treehouse Children’s Museum for ten years, and eventually graduated from Weber State University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication. Kari currently works at a Utah-based tech company, Pluralsight. During her tenure at Pluralsight, Kari has worked with international authors and helped in managing social media coverage of Pluralsight LIVE: including covering keynote speeches from Michelle Obama and Malala Yousafzai. Kari is now a mom to an awesome disabled toddler, Sloan, who is diagnosed with CHARGE syndrome and profoundly DeafBlind. Not long after Sloan’s birth, Kari’s mom – Kim McCorkle-Harbath (founder of the Come Together Community Meal) died unexpectedly in her sleep. Several months after that Kari’s dear husband of 13 years and Sloan’s wonderful dad unexpectedly died by suicide. As Kari’s life transformed in difficult ways she never expected – she found that there truly is healing through advocacy. Kari aims to destigmatize mental health issues, openly support others on their own grief journey, and advocate for disability rights and resources. She writes and connects with others through her website Sloan Strength (sloanstrength.com) and runs the Sloan's Scrunchies booth with her sister Kassie at local events: donating the funds to the Kim McCorkle-Harbath Memorial Scholarship at Weber State University. Kari has been featured on several podcasts and was the recipient of the 2020 Upworthy Lead with Love award. Kari looks forward to serving the Ogden community: aiming to amplify disabled voices, destigmatize mental health, and ultimately do good for Ogden: all while leading with empathy.