My background prior to becoming an athlete was as a learning and development specialist with personal experience of working in corporate and public sectors. I have a Phd in Geology from The University of Aberdeen, an MA in Development Training, a BA and a BSc and Diplomas in Performance Coaching and Traditional Chinese Medicine. This together with my life experiences has given me skills and insight that enable me to connect with a wide range of audiences.
I try to speak from my heart, with honesty and open-ness, sharing personal stories and experiences that have taught me significant things about overcoming challenge, embracing change, about making the 'impossible' possible and about stretching ourselves to achieve surprising things in a sustainable way. I speak to audiences around the world: in schools, social enterprises, charities, small businesses and global companies.
“Modest and thoughtful, Karen is a highly sought after and successful speaker, whose stories inspire all those who take time to reflect on what it took to achieve them.” Joe Simpson, speaker and author (Touching the Void).
“The group was enthralled and inspired (and probably a little dumbstruck) by the end of Karen’s talk at all her achievements. She is an amazing, strong individual who’s energy, enthusiasm and vision is an inspiration to all who come into contact with her.”BAE Systems (March 2016)
“Karen you were simply fantastic. I was talking to various people afterwards and they were really moved and inspired by your story. Your narrative is so powerful and your delivery very slick but authentic and relaxed.”Emerge UK (March 2016)
“Karen is a bright and dynamic presenter, with a practical can do attitude and level headedness. ; An excellent, engaging speaker with a compelling story and amazingly positive attitude.”Shell UK, 2015
“I wanted to send you a personal note of thanks on behalf of KPMG for the fabulous session you delivered to us yesterday at the British Museum. The feedback was universally outstanding. I personally had a number of takeaways that I will be building into my life.”KPMG, 2015
“Karen was wonderful. She launched our event in a spot on way and fulfilled her brief to the letter. She left the whole room smiling. She really is inspirational and we would certainly recommend her to other groups and organisations facing major change as an ambassador for positive thinking!!!!.” Kingsbury School, 2014
“I just wanted to offer my thanks for delivering what was an excellent speech and one which left myself (and, judging by the comments afterwards, others) feeling in awe, motivated and inspired.” Unilever, 2010
Previous clients include private and public organisations, universities, school and charities. For example:-