Is your goal to have a motivational speaker that is inspirational for one session? Or, would you prefer a teacher that self-empowers inspiritational™ change long after your event?
Karen represents the latter. What is the difference? Inspiration fades. The definition of inspired means “arising from external impulse.” We cannot sustain what is separate from us, which is why so often our initial excitement fades after the conference without seeing lasting results in behavior or mindfulness.
Instead, Karen is an inspiritational speaker. The difference? Self-empowerment and the sustainable drive for positive change long after your event or conference.
- Designated spokesperson for her professional positions including The University of Michigan, General Growth Properties, and her own Foundation since 2009, The Sergei Foundation
- Graduate Commencement Speaker: Gardner-Webb University
- Lecturer/Adjuct business professor at GTCC
- Emcee for DogGames(tm) events
- Multiple Podcast Guests and Online Summits
Karen customizes her talks to each specific audience, weaving in her experience as CEO and Founder of The Sergei Foundation charity, personal experiences, and wayfinding stories! Whether colleges, corporations, non-profits, women’s groups, or conferences, there are often common presentation threads.
Click on the subjects below to read existing titles and descriptions for some of her most requested topics.
Confidence/empowerment: Finding the "I" in Voice
Presentation Title: Finding the “I” in Voice
You should be heard. You have value and worth even though you still get passed over for promotions or overruled by family or authority figures. Patterns like these have stopped you from speaking up or have resulted in over-speaking out with a “me” voice that comes from a place of desperation and reaction.
The truth is…
It’s not what you say as much as the energy behind it that influences outcomes. I teach how to find and use the “I” in your voice – the authentic version of you that starts with being aware of and reassessing this subtle difference. It often starts with shifting an outlook of blame or entitlement to a more inward perspective of self-responsibility and discovery.
Looking back, I always felt my voice and confidence is what helped me to achieve many Director and CMO-level positions, but it didn’t prevent multiple disappointments in poor or stubborn work relationships or difficult collaborations and multiple job hops, truth be told. At that time in my life, my voice was also my liability for my happiness and success.
After I founded The Sergei Foundation I learned how to find my true voice, shape collaborations, create partnerships and the energy shifted from pushing… to receiving!
You can have a happy workplace, relationships, and a balanced or totally new life you desire. You already have your voice, but you may still be using it in a self-defeating way. It is my honor to share and teach your employees, students, women’s group or conference attendees how to find the “I” in their voice.
Meaningful work/discovering purpose: Your Inner IT Factor
Inner Transformation, or IT in this presentation, is the catalyst turning inspiration into action and success. I often say, “Our greatest fear is not fear of failure, nor success, but self-discovery.” We often look to others for inspiration, and that is such an important factor in self-growth and success, but it’s also why inspiration fades.
Only following someone else’s blueprint for success is equivalent to building your dream house with the architectural plans for your neighbor’s home… it just doesn’t fit on the foundation. You may get two stories instead of the high rise of your own design.
I teach how to take what has inspired you, and then use it for self-discovery in order to create your own blueprint for success. This is the IT that turns inspiration into inspirITation™ — the ability to sustain creative passion to create desired success.
Guiding self-reflection exercises as part of my talk, and sharing other techniques for continued self-discovery, empower the audience to design a blueprint that matches their unique energy, gifts, and purpose – whether it’s for career, as a mentor for their children, or self-fulfillment.
Women's focus: Two Bs or not "To Be" (Boundaries and Balance)
A play on Hamlet’s soliloquy, the two B’s I am referring to are Boundaries and Balance. As women, these are especially important for us “To Be” our most authentic selves. Epigenetics tells us we are not our DNA, yet emotions and environment can affect how our DNA is replicated and passed down through generations. Throughout time, women have been people-pleasers, with a role of serving. This has been imprinted within, which is why many women have a hard time empowering themselves in those areas.
I share the science (sourcing Dr. Lipton, Dr. Weissman, and others who have developed or discovered the research), inspire via real-life stories of my own and other courageous women, then teach specific steps to shift the energy of beliefs stored genetically, a takeaway to continue self-growth and healing that begins with the ability to set health boundaries and life-balance.
Workplace Culture: Perfectionism to Perspective
From the book, The Five Temptations of a CEO, the third temptation is when we choose Certainty over Clarity: “Some executives fear being wrong so much that they wait until they’re absolutely certain about something before they make a decision…. You can only move forward in the face of uncertainty if you are willing to make mistakes.”
As a self-identified recovering perfectionist, and past CMO, I illuminate how what many value as a strength can be self-defeating both personally and professionally. Absolutely, being thorough and pro-active is beneficial — until this level of perceived control robs you of being present, like an addiction it become compulsive and part of your nature. Learn to naturally increase efficiency, lower stress, and shift from perfectionism to a new perspective.
An old concept, Authentic Marketing, takes on a new meaning when we shift limiting beliefs and the self-defeating perfectionist process; I teach how this essential approach in necessary in 2020 and beyond for professional success, as well as self-growth.