Raised in a fatherless home with her only consistent mentors the harsh trio of trauma, trial, and error, Katie Phipps personifies the power to overcome. As her mother strove through severe addiction and alcoholism, Katie endured unrelenting trauma. As a teen, while her peers prepared for college, Katie prepared to raise her second child. In her twenties, life went for the jugular as Katie was wrongfully charged with a significant crime. She spent 15 months in jail insistent of her innocence until evidence the prosecution was sure would lead to her conviction, instead reversed course. The truth would not be denied. Katie was released.
This chapter of life, though excruciating, brought Katie to an intersection with purpose and birthed a new future. Just over four years removed from that jail cell, though having dropped out of school in junior high, Katie broke a generational barrier as the first person in her family line to earn a college diploma. She holds a degree in Legal Studies and aspires to affect societal change through the field of criminal defense. The prosecutor who could have determined the length of her days has not only emphatically and very publicly apologized but has also offered compelling support toward her aspirations.
Katie's case has been featured by Dateline NBC
and Killer Affair - Oxygen Network
The epitome of a life redeemed, Katie is the inspiration behind Ignite U1 (a.k.a. Ignite You First)
. Her personal experiences offer strategic relevance. But it is her authenticity that leaves an undeniable impact and her compassion a residue of hope. Katie is a captivating communicator cased within the beauty of gracious strength. She is the evidence of the paradox, choosing resurrection rather than accepting fate as a statistic.
On June 1, 2021 Ignite International proudly announced Katie as the 2021 Wynner of the Year
. Katie is the inaugural honoree for this highest annual signature award, a component of Ignite's Lori Wynn Legacy Plan."Katie's story is not a black or white story nor a male or female story. It is a human story."Noble Crawford, Jr.Co-Founder, HOPE Farm