Karen helps organizations develop leaders and shape culture through storytelling about moments that matter. Her evidence-based talks provide actionable tips for audience members to apply that day.

Karen has been an international speaker for corporations and conferences for seven years. Her talks draws on her 20 years of experience of solving Talent Development challenges as a Chief Learning Officer, Global Culture and Executive Development Leader, and Talent Development Strategist in GE, Deloitte and HP, as well as her Fortune 500 consulting experience.

Karen’s keynotes helps you think differently about developing employees, leaders and cultures. She not only deepens your understanding, she tells memorable stories and gives you practical tips to leverage right away.  She has delivered large-scale interactive keynotes, workshops and training for large audiences and small teams.

Karen is a thought leader in various publications, podcasts and on her leadership blog. She is sought-after for her storytelling approach that introduces new thinking in Leadership Development and Culture. 


Karen builds custom Leadership Development and Culture keynotes and workshops to meet her client’s needs.  Sample keynote topics include:


Leadership Development Talks

Storytelling: it’s not just for bedtime and campfires: Storytelling is one of the oldest and most powerful development tools. It is a critical skill for leaders. It is often underused because leaders aren’t sure where to find stories, how to tell them or think they will influence outcomes through data. In fact, it is the story about the data that is memorable and drives outcomes. Storytelling helps develop your leaders, shape organizational culture and influence employees to action. This talk breaks down the neuroscience behind why we should leverage storytelling, where to find stories and how to tell stories. 

Forget about inspirational leadership and focus on becoming 1% better:  Leaders develop and grow with they make time to reflect and set intentions. With 20+ years of working with the C-suite, this talk shares how you can develop leaders that can inspire and engage their teams. Learn why focusing on becoming 1% better can help create the inspiration you desperately want your leaders to demonstrate.

The stories we tell ourselves: how to challenge limiting beliefs: Ever convince yourself that you can’t do something, or had an experience that left you certain of the outcome, only later to find out the story you told yourself was wrong? Great leaders intentionally challenge these limiting beliefs: their own and their employees’. Limiting beliefs are just as dangerous as blindsides because we don’t realize they are there or the impact they have. This humorous talk uses a vulnerable moment to illustrate the role limiting beliefs play and provides tips on how to challenge and minimize them from holding us back as leaders.

Culture Talks

Culture isn’t about free ice cream and engagement surveys: Companies list culture as one of their top priorities; however, many aren’t sure how to effectively shape it. Many cultures are built on the principles from the first industrial revolution: controlling risk and reducing differentiation. In fact, many of these principles came from the CIA in WWII to slow down productivity and sabotage companies and governments. As we embark on the fourth industrial revolution, these principles are starving organizations of necessary oxygen for engagement and growth. Culture is shaped by everyone and it is time for a different mindset and set of principles. This talk breaks down the neuroscience behind culture, origins of company culture, and how you can intentionally shape culture at all levels to drive results.





What participants will experience

  • A customized keynote or workshop that is tailored to meet the needs of your conference, corporation or university

  • Content, delivery style and relevance for an international audience

  • Lessons learned from working with 100+ C-suite and companies in the Fortune 500

  • Researched-based talk helping participants understand the why and the how

  • Storytelling and humor to for an engaging talk

  • Tips and tools that can be implemented immediately

  • Practical takeaways, helping participants know what actions to take

What organizers will experience

  • A low maintenance speaker and hassle-free experience

  • A responsive team providing you with the information and content when needed

    Peace of mind that participants will come away with new ideas and actionable takeaways


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