50 Over 50 Project for 2020


Karen Seifert

Age: 57


"Open your eyes wide to learn about different cultures and views, get involved in your community, and know that love comes in many forms."

Age: 57
Profession: Executive Assistant – High Tech Industry.

What is the best thing about being your age?
Happy to be here! My health and the ability to take care of my 88-year-old mother, who along with my father (sadly passed in 2018), adopted me at birth and raised me as their own.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Raising a son with a good heart and contagious laugh and watching my grandsons become amazing humans.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Music is huge for me and can instantly change my mood or just soothe my soul when needed. My love for cooking and entertaining for my friends and family. Every step brings me so much joy. Finding the perfect recipe, ingredients, spices, olive oils, and the perfect serving platter. Let’s just say, my obsession with serving platters has surpassed my love of shoes.

What is your most treasured possession?
My 30-year partnership with my husband.

What's your favorite thing you have checked off your bucket list?
I don’t have a bucket list, but top of mind is International travel, especially South East Asia. Soaking up the culture, people and beauty.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Stop worrying about things out of my control, especially at 3:00 am.

What is a trait you are most proud of?
Compassion for others.

What is your greatest fear?
Driving over bridges and freeways with many lanes. I’m not a fan of flying but that’s never stopped me from seeing the world.

What do you most value in your friends?
Always available and present at a moment’s notice. Sharing our families, because we are family. Laughing at our craziness over the years and thankful for learning survival skills together at a young age.

What advice would you give your younger self?
Listen more, interrupt less.

What is your favorite motto or quote?
Motto: Quietly work and let success speak up (okay, I got this one from a Coors beer cap, but I love it!)
Quote: “It’s impossible,” said pride. “It’s risky,” said experience. “It’s pointless,” said reason.“Give it a try,” whispered the heart.

Additional thoughts for younger women...
• Open your eyes wide to learn about different cultures and views, get involved in your community, and know that love comes in many forms.
• The world is yours and never let anyone tell you differently.
• Practical advice: start investing in your retirement the minute you can. A head start goes a long way!