Karen engaged our 300 virtual participants with authenticity, wisdom, and energy in a way that both kicked off our business meeting with energy while enabling our people to show up more fully in our small group discussions. Karen was a delight to work with and gave us confidence that we had a real partner in co-creating the experience envisioned for our people this year.
Karen M. Allen
Your mindset is your greatest asset.
This belief is at the core of Karen Allen’s message, one that she is sharing with as many people as possible.
A growth mindset guru, Karen’s work as a keynote speaker, author, coach, and thought leader has helped thousands of people and organizations - including the likes of Google, Experian, and YouTube - improve their lives by implementing various practical, simple techniques that incorporate mindfulness, positive psychology, neuroplasticity, and mental strength training.
If you think of your mind as a muscle, Karen is the personal trainer who helps it to become stronger, healthier, and more efficient.
She knows her techniques work because she’s trained her own mind to overcome the unthinkable. At just 29 years old, Karen lost her husband suddenly and tragically, and she found herself struggling to move forward. That is, until she realized that it was up to her to make the conscious choice to let go of the negative thoughts and energy and turn them into positive, productive action— her life, and the life of her then two-year-old son, depended on it.
This was the catalyst to creating her proprietary Stop & Shift method and launching 100% HumanTM, a platform where she shares her wisdom, tools, and techniques geared toward mindset training and sustainable joy.
She has given TED Talks and has been featured in Forbes, MSNBC, as well as other global media outlets.
Now with a book, also titled Stop & Shift, Karen continues to spread her message far and wide in hopes of maximizing her impact—and with her mindset, there is no stopping her.
Karen’s talent lies in showing people that change doesn’t have to be daunting. Her unique keynotes and programs are delivered in bite-sized insights designed to be put into immediate practice. She refrains from toxic positivity at all costs and teaches her audiences how to embrace moments of stress, sadness, or setback, and turn them into personal momentum toward something greater.
Hearing Karen speak is like receiving a warm hug. A student of life and as authentic as you can get, she draws from her real life experiences (along with sprinkles of science) to move audiences on multiple levels.
Life is full of twists and turns. Navigating them with intention is the key to building a life you love.
Karen M. Allen
Featured Keynote Programs
3 Guideposts to Unlock Potential in the Workplace
Every leader has heard it before: "People are your most valuable asset." Yet, truly embodying this sentiment and translating it into actionable strategies is where the challenge lies. Enter 100% Human: 3 Guideposts to Unlocking Human Potential.
In this enlightening keynote, we delve deep into the pillars of a workplace culture that truly prioritizes human potential and well-being. It's more than just a principle; it's a transformative practice. By the close of this message, you will not only understand the essence of a human-centric workplace but will also gain tangible strategies to build one.
By attending, participants will have the tools to:
• Develop a Growth Ecosystem: Unearth strategies to enhance communication, uplift team members, and foster a culture that is built on mutual trust and relentless growth.
• Embed Wellness into the Business Blueprint: Discover how to seamlessly weave well-being into your operational strategy, ensuring a balanced approach that enhances productivity without straining resources.
• Champion Individuality within a Unified Mission: Understand the art of valuing each individual as a unique contributor, while also deepening the connection to a shared, meaningful mission.
Join us as we redefine leadership through a lens that is 100% Human. Together, let's build workplaces where people aren't just assets, but the very heart of our mission.
Transformative Shifts in Leadership
Being an effective leader means understanding the human dimension of leadership. It's about connecting with your team on a human level and empowering them to reach their full potential.
In this keynote, attendees will explore three pivotal shifts to cultivate a supportive and growth-centric culture where every team member feels valued and understood. With the continuous merging of our work and personal lives, it's imperative for leaders to embrace these shifts and champion the intrinsic human values of leadership.
Attendees will leave equipped with the knowledge, tools, and mindset necessary to lead with compassion, authenticity, and effectiveness.
• Reframe Mistakes: Discover the transformative power of viewing mistakes as learning opportunities. By embracing a “fail fast, learn fast” attitude, we can foster a psychologically safe workplace where innovation flourishes and productivity soars.
• Remain Open & Curious: Understand the value of open communication, active listening, and fostering a culture of curiosity. Learn actionable strategies to encourage the sharing of diverse perspectives and ideas, leading to fresh insights and solutions.
• Release Perfection: Dive deep into the concept of striving for excellence over perfection. By adjusting our expectations and valuing the journey towards excellence, we create a more resilient, adaptable, and productive work environment.
Remember, true leadership isn't just about guiding a team—it's about growing with them.
Stop & Shift
The Mindset Reset for Extraordinary Leaders
The ups and downs of life are often comparable to the problems we face as leaders. When overwhelmed, it's easy to get stuck in negative thought loops. However, the greatest leaders recognize the transformative power of a growth mindset, emphasizing adaptability in both personal and organizational settings.
Enter Stop & Shift, a mental framework that helps you develop a growth mindset to enhance leadership journeys and promote a thriving workplace culture.
Stop & Shift is more than just a buffer against challenges; it's a strategy for leadership excellence. When leaders develop their mindset, it not only strengthens their own resilience but also creates an organizational culture that is enthusiastic, resilient, and constantly growing.
Key learning outcomes include:
• Growth-Centric Leadership: Understand how to cultivate a growth mindset, viewing challenges as invaluable learning opportunities.
• Decision-Making with Clarity: Learn to navigate stressful situations by creating space from negative thoughts, empowering you to make clear and strategic decisions.
• Inspiring a Positive Culture: Discover how to champion resilience and joy within your team, promoting a culture where every challenge is seen as an opportunity for collective growth.
Embrace the synergies of Stop & Shift and a growth mindset to refine your leadership ethos and the overall culture of your organization.
Karen M. Allen
Our associates loved hearing from Karen. Attendees felt that Karen had a great energy and that through that energy she was able to inspire them through various seasons in their own lives. They found her relatable, genuine, and engaging. We hold a speaker event every year and we had record attendance for Karen. Associates were also eager to receive her book. We had a great experience working with Karen this year and her Stop & Shift model fit our vision and message perfectly.
Karen was amazing in today's session and we're so thankful to have benefited from her energy and wisdom. She gave life and example to "growth mindset". I enjoyed watching the chat blow up as she delivered so many gems.
I full-heartedly recommend asking Karen to speak about workplace culture at your next corporate event. We contacted Karen rather close to our virtual event kick-off and she was still able to deliver an exceptional keynote as if we'd been planning it for months. During our initial meeting and interview to see if Karen would be a good fit with our company culture, it was immediately obvious that she would be one of the highlights of our event
We 100% recommend Karen for your next event. We decided to book Karen because one of her LinkedIn courses matched our conference theme, but we had no idea what we were getting. Karen's presentation was easily one of the best of the conference and she kept the audience engaged. We all left refreshed, motivated, and ready to implement Stop & Shift in our daily lives
Karen was our keynote speaker for International Women's Week 2022, sponsored by Women in Experian ERG. Karen truly knocked it out of the park and the survey gave her glowing reviews! Her 'Stop and Shift' message was filled with personal stories and practical application for everyday life. She had us fully engaged throughout the session! We want to have Karen back and we highly recommend her for other speaking events.
"Karen's energy was an immediate light during her session, 'Stop + Shift: Flex Your Mental Strength to Win.' She quickly engaged with the audience through her palpable exuberance, her relatable examples and stories and through her calls to action in our webinar chat box. When she shared her personal story and gave the example of being called to "Get Up of Give Up", I got chills
"Karen is personable, down to earth, and very knowledgeable in the subject of grief & life's most challenging moments. At one of my company's workshops, she grabbed everyone's attention and lifted our spirits with her messages of self-care and self-awareness. I highly recommend Karen for any speaking engagements especially for conflict management, grief, and healing."
"Karen is a world class speaker that is bringing the missing link to corporate America, deeper human connection. She is a remarkable communicator that carries a vital message to the workplace. Her story of perseverance is one that will make a lasting impact for your organization.I was overwhelmed with the amount of reaction to Karen's keynote at our town hall event. I honestly did not realize the size of the need for this transparent message
"Karen is a remarkable speaker, who greatly moved and inspired HubSpot employees during her talk. It didn't matter that we were meeting with her via a video conference - her warmth, expertise, and professionalism shined through. After hearing her on the HubSpot podcast as well as at our INBOUND conference, we knew that we needed to bring her in for our employees. Her story is powerful, and her desire to help others navigate their own experiences with grief clearly show her altruistic drive