Watch Kara’s TedTalk here.
Kara Ulmer was a jet-set banker living in London and earning enough money to buy $2,000 Prada handbags on a whim.
Then an old college friend asked her to visit northern Ghana on the west coast of Africa where slave owners use children in the fishing trade. She hoped Ulmer could lend her banking savvy to people there to find alternative ways to make money.
There, in a fishing village called Lala, Ulmer had an epiphany that ultimately led her back to Akron, where Ulmer lived until she was 8.
In 2015, Ulmer launched World Relief’s Akron office — now on East Market in the Middlebury neighborhood — resettling refugees fleeing war and persecution.
Ulmer explained the moment her life changed during a TEDxAkron talk she called “What You Learn When You Listen.”