Karen McCullough

  • Cross-Generational Communications Expert
  • Promotes Positive Change
  • Believer of Leveraging Strengths to Drive Results

Karen McCullough is a  motivational business speaker that helps organizations and leaders cut through the generational stereotypes and get back to reality by leveraging their team's strengths, enriching the work environment, and driving better results. Karen loves change and her mission is to get your workplace energized by the opportunities that change presents. Karen believes that positive change is attainable and it is absolutely vital in today's world of work.

“Success is always a moving target. Anyone who thinks that they have arrived is kidding them selves. In order to stand out today you have to understand innovation, technology, the new customer, and be open to CHANGE. When you accept that change is necessary for growth you can’t be stopped.” Karen McCullough

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    Attitude, Branding, Change, Customer Service, Generations, Humor, Inspiration, Leadership, Peak Performance, Sales, Stress Management, Teambuilding, Vision, Women's Issues

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Karen McCullough is a  motivational business speaker that helps organizations and leaders cut through the generational stereotypes and get back to reality by leveraging their team's strengths, enriching the work environment, and driving better results. Karen loves change and her mission is to get your workplace energized by the opportunities that change presents. Karen believes that positive change is attainable and it is absolutely vital in today's world of work.

“Success is always a moving target. Anyone who thinks that they have arrived is kidding them selves. In order to stand out today you have to understand innovation, technology, the new customer, and be open to CHANGE. When you accept that change is necessary for growth you can’t be stopped.” Karen McCullough

To book Karen McCullough call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

Change is Good – You Go First
Embracing a Change Mindset

One of the biggest challenges facing individuals and organizations today is dealing with the fast pace of change. In this program Karen teaches you how to develop a “change mindset” to access new hope, new skills, and a new way of thinking.

New technologies, a new global economy, and new environments are forcing organizations to change the way they do business and many people are not happy. Although we are encouraged to embrace change, many of us resist and this resistance slows down progress and ultimately prevents growth. Implementing change today requires leaders to be great influencers, obtain buy-in, show compassion, and build trust as they overcome objections. Leaders must have a change mindset and be able to help others develop a change mindset, too.

In this program, Karen will debunk several myths about how to motivate change and share the missing link to changing behavior. You will receive the framework to successfully change yourself, your team, and your organization. Whether your natural instinct is to embrace change or to run from it, this program is for you! 

It is time to make changes that are positive, attainable, and absolutely vital.


  • Explore the five drivers of change
  • Develop a 2020 change mindset
  • Discover insight into your own resistance with tools to help you adapt more quickly to chang
  • Make change work by putting communication into action and by building better relationships
  • Gain a better understanding of how each generation views work and adapt your managerial style.

Generations TODAY
New Rules – New Tools

There is a workplace shift taking place that is stimulating new ways of thinking, communicating, and doing business. Today many corporations, business owners, and managers are dealing with generational challenges and they need help navigating these new waters. In this innovative, entertaining, and interactive session you will gain insight and knowledge on how to get along as you build effective, harmonious, productive multi-generational teams.

The days of “one size fits all” and “treat everyone the same” are gone as we are learning to accept the needs and desires of the individual. As more and more Gen Y enters the workplace, they are influencing and even changing corporate cultures – including the way we do business and conduct meetings across the world. Managers need tools to help them create an environment of generational harmony, productivity, creativity, innovation, as well as enabling knowledge transfer.


  • Discover how each generation defines workplace issues such as loyalty, teamwork, sacrifice, and time management
  • Gain the tools necessary to manage a new generation of employees
  • Embrace the opportunities each generation brings to the table
  • Laugh and let go

Managing the Mix
When the Age Bubble and the Youth Bubble Collide

Are you up to the task of managing this diverse workforce?

Managing the Mix is for Boomers, Xers, and Yers who have to manage and lead diverse teams and are feeling a little frustrated. We are finding that the new generation of employees needs more interaction, more feedback, and seems to need more help solving problems.In this session, Karen gives managers from all the generations the tools they need to achieve success, help their teams take ownership of their jobs, develop critical thinking, and be proactive.

Some background

Today, the age bubble and the youth bubble are shaping our world of work. Baby Boomers are turning 65 and many are not ready to retire. Boomers are active, involved, and engaged and many are planning to work as entrepreneurs and consultants well into their 70’s. They also have power, knowledge, experience, and money. Success-driven Boomers control more than half of the world’s wealth, and businesses must have a strategy for connecting with them – as employees as well as customers.

At the other end of the spectrum is Generation Y – the under 30 year-olds now entering the workforce in droves. By 2025 over 75% of the workforce will be Gen Y and younger. Members of Gen Y have an incredible amount of talent – and high expectations about their careers, environment, growth opportunities, and relationships.

In the middle we find the Generation X 30 to 40 year-olds, who are now in leadership roles and must manage the mix. Gen Xers are the bridge between Baby Boomers and Gen Yers, and must develop their own unique leadership style – part success-driven (like Boomers) and part empathetic (like Gen Y).


  • Gain generational awareness, appreciation, and actions
  • Explore the five styles of Gen X managers
  • Discover the eight steps to Managing Gen Y
  • Empower Boomers with knowledge transfer – “passing the torch”

The Power of Your Brand
Success Strategies for YOU!  

One used to be able to get by with a good resume and a great reputation, but in this fast paced techno-savvy world, it takes a little bit more. Today the spotlight is on the individual and personal branding – the #1 career and business strategy tool that cCrCan help put you in the spotlight.

Karen shows you real opportunities on how to use your brand to create more value and build more trust. Learn how to position yourself as “the authority” and leap miles ahead of your competition.

Strategic personal branding can advance your career, leadership development, and compensation opportunities. Experience Karen’s Four-Step Personal Branding Process to learn how you can find and foster your own brand identity. You will learn the key elements to develop your brand, and learn strategies and tools to manage your brand.


  • Experience Karen’s Four-Step Personal Branding Process
  • Position your brand effectively online for maximum exposure
  • Add more trust, quality, and interest from your prospects
  • Develop a consistent image both online and off that supports your brand

Stand By Your Brand
Putting the WOW in Customer Service by Living the Brand

When your employees know how to live your brand ….you get WOW customer service. Your brand is the core of your company, the heart of your business, the soul of your culture, and the foundation for WOW customer service.

If your employees are not clear on your brand message, they have no idea how to live it.

Karen will show you what it means to live your brand as you explore why your brand is worth living. In this keynote or half-day customer service workshop, Karen helps articulate your brand message to your team, shows behaviors and language that maximize the customer experience, and raises morale and employee engagement.

A business with a healthy brand experience is one where every employee understands the brand, its message, and their role in promoting that brand. The secret to getting employees to live your brand is to equip them with the proper tools to make decisions and act in accordance with your brand values.

Empower your team and create brand champions. Rediscover what makes your business one in a million.


  • Obtain a basic understanding and enthusiasm about brands
  • Discover ways to communicate your brand to your employees
  • Define the brand language and behaviors
  • Use the power of your brand to keep employees motivated
  • Implement programs and activities that reinforce your brand

The Power of Your Story
Facts Tell...Stories Sell

Move over Brothers Grimm, storytelling is not just for kids anymore. Your story is a powerful tool that can help you advance your career, step into your leadership potential, and build a meaningful professional brand. Karen’s program gives you the tools and creative ideas to make your story “sticky.” Sticky stories are remembered and retold time and again. Get ready to make your story sticky and hold the listener’s attention.

We each have a story inside us waiting to be told. Powerful stories do more than entertain – they establish rapport, develop teams, make the sale, attract talent, relieve stress, build trust, manage expectations and so on… Ultimately, we are remembered by our stories, but no one will tell your story if you don’t first tell it yourself.


Tap into your core values and uniqueness

Communicate your message

Get it down – “right and tight”

Be interesting and engaging

Stand out from the crowd

Do more business, increase sales, get noticed, earn a promotion

A Shot of Energy
Employee Engagement – Strategies to Re-energize You and Your Workplace 
(can include Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, Stress, and Morale)

Karen is on a mission to re-energize the workforce!

Do you ever feel there are just not enough hours in the day? No matter how hard you work you never seem to get it all done? If so, you are not alone. A recent study reports that nearly 75% of American workers state that no matter how hard they work, they feel as if they are not moving forward.

We all need a Shot of Energy... and Karen McCullough is here to help! She has been dubbed “a shot of energy” and she walks her talk! Karen shares her personal energy rituals and top ways to increase productivity. Learn how to re-charge your battery and energize others. Audiences will leave smiling, with an optimistic mindset – energized and productive.


  • Learn to deal with difficult people, situations, and bad days
  • Understand the difference between “Lack of Energy” vs. “Stressed Out”
  • Resolve conflict
  • Manage expectations
  • Adopt rituals you can put into action today to reduce stress

Listen Up
Active Listening Including Cross-Generational Communications

Active listening is one of the top skill sets required in nine out of the ten most in-demand jobs in the U.S. Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting are teachable skills that must be taught!

In this highly interactive, high energy, and fun program Karen takes what could be a boring topic and makes it come to life. She teaches the skills of active listening, gives you tools to build better rapport, gain understanding, and build trust.  

Many times the best solutions come from a collection of ideas from many individuals, requiring the skill of listening. This session will give participants simple tools and behaviors to help them gather information effectively and enhance their cross-generational communication.


See the value of engaged listening (the buy-in)

Use the listening tool kit presented by presenter

Suspend judgments

Gain awareness of non-verbal and voice tone cues

Promote cooperation and reduce conflict

Have fun – lots of interaction, networking and relationship building

The Seven Women Project
Redefining Leadership and Success for Women 

The Seven Women Project proclaims that inside every woman lives seven different women, each with abundant strength, talent, passion, spirit, knowledge, female ingenuity, and fashion sense. With this creative twist to find and celebrate your authentic self, Seven Women reshapes how we calculate success, think about happiness, and define what it means to be a woman today.

The tide is turning! Leadership skills that come naturally to women are now vital for companies and organizations to thrive. The Seven Women Project helps you tap into your natural strengths and talents to achieve success and find happiness. 


  • Tap into the unique talents of women
  • Stay healthy in body, mind and spirit
  • Discover the benefits of collaboration
  • Receive tools you can use
  • Build a support network

The Back Story to The Seven Women Project

Karen worked for two of the world's most powerful fashion brands, Ralph Lauren and The Limited, where she first started analyzing the internal culture of large organizations – both what fuels them and what holds them back. She applied what she learned and launched her own retail business, which she grew from a single store into a multi-million dollar chain of four stores.

It was while working in her retail stores that Karen found her inspiration for The Seven Women Project. As far back as the 1980's, Karen began profiling women. What started as fashion personalities grew into female archetypes, representing the strengths and talents of women.

Karen started the project ten years ago. She began writing about women, success, and what she had learned behind the dressing room doors, and thought it would be easy – until she started to collaborate with her Gen X daughter, Meredith. That’s when the real adventure began! In a rapidly changing world, women across the country are challenged to step up – to their most empowered selves and make positive change in their own lives and the lives of those around them.

Johnson Space Center

"You were AWESOME. Thank you for your humorous, motivational and inspiring presentation. I've heard the GENERATIONS presentation before. However, your spin on it added realistic and valuable data. I truly enjoyed your presentation and speaking style."

Procter & Gamble

"Karen was so phenomenal when she spoke to Corporate Engineering Business Support at Proctor and Gamble. She was the spark that CEBS needed to ignite our individual and organizational productivity. Her program was engaging and thought provoking. The group was so impressed with her research and delivery on the area on the generations in the workplace that they have asked her to come back and speak at the P&G Engineering Summit later this year.Personally she really transformed the way I look at defining Leadership and success in my life. Karen has such a fun and engaging delivery that is truly beyond compare. We have had speakers in since and each time have been left feeling like ..."good topic, but the delivery wasn't like Karen". She has become the standard in which we will compare all other speakers. Karen definitely ROCKS!!

The Daugherty Group

"Karen is the most energetic, positive and inspirational speaker in the business! She has enormous 'bandwidth' and diverse audience appeal because she researches her audience then customizes her speeches to address the concerns and characteristics of the group! She delivers a highly-relevant message in such a funny, straightforward, and comfortable manner that people have fun and learn what they need to do to become more effective in their work and personal lives."

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