Karin Hurt

  • Founder & CEO of Let's Grow Leaders
  • Human Capital Strategy Consultant
  • Named on Inc’s list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers and American Management Association’s 50 Leaders to Watch

Karin Hurt, Founder of Let’s Grow Leaders, helps leaders around the world achieve breakthrough results, without losing their soul in the process. A former Verizon Wireless executive, she has over two decades of experience in sales, customer service, and HR.  She was recently named on Inc’s list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers and American Management Association’s 50 Leaders to Watch.  She’s the award winning author of 2 books: Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and Overcoming an Imperfect Boss.

A few highlights from her time at Verizon include:

  • Developing a sales team (1.5B in Revenue) that led the nation in store sales to the small and medium business space and winning the President’s award for Customer Growth.
  • Transforming customer service outsourcing (96M calls/year) to reach parity in quality with internal centers by building strong cultures that deliver positive customer experiences.

Karin has a BA in Communication from Wake Forest University, an MA from Towson University in Organizational Communication, and additional graduate work at the University of Maryland, where she currently teaches in the MBA and Executive Education programs.

Her Winning Wells initiative provides clean waters wells to communities in Southeast Asia.

Karin lives outside of Washington, DC. She knows the stillness of a yogi, the reflective road of a marathoner and the joy of being a mom raising emerging leaders.

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Branding, Business Communications, CEO's, Communications, Customer Service, Employee Engagement, Human Resources, Leadership, Management, Sales

  • Travels From:

    Maryland

  • Price:

    $5,000 - $7,500

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Karin Hurt, Founder of Let’s Grow Leaders, helps leaders around the world achieve breakthrough results, without losing their soul in the process. A former Verizon Wireless executive, she has over two decades of experience in sales, customer service, and HR.  She was recently named on Inc’s list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers and American Management Association’s 50 Leaders to Watch.  She’s the award winning author of 2 books: Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and Overcoming an Imperfect Boss.

A few highlights from her time at Verizon include:

  • Developing a sales team (1.5B in Revenue) that led the nation in store sales to the small and medium business space and winning the President’s award for Customer Growth.
  • Transforming customer service outsourcing (96M calls/year) to reach parity in quality with internal centers by building strong cultures that deliver positive customer experiences.

Karin has a BA in Communication from Wake Forest University, an MA from Towson University in Organizational Communication, and additional graduate work at the University of Maryland, where she currently teaches in the MBA and Executive Education programs.

Her Winning Wells initiative provides clean waters wells to communities in Southeast Asia.

Karin lives outside of Washington, DC. She knows the stillness of a yogi, the reflective road of a marathoner and the joy of being a mom raising emerging leaders.

Winning Well: How to Manage for Lasting Results Without Losing Your Soul 

Management isn’t easy. Manager’s face aggressive goals and often drive their teams to burnout trying to deliver. Or, employees seek connection and support, so managers focus on relationships . . . and fail to make the numbers. The fallout is stress, frustration, and disengagement, and not just among team members: two-thirds of managers report being disengaged. 

Winning Well is a manager’s lifeline for getting the results they need, while keeping employees (and themselves) energized and motivated. Filled with humor, straight talk, and hard won truths, this inspiring keynote delivers principles and practices to galvanize your team in positive and productive ways. Join award-winning authors, Karin Hurt and David Dye for practical leadership tools, tactics and strategies to achieve breakthrough results that last, including: ·      

  • Mind the MIT (most important thing) that contribute to consistent, breakthrough results
  • Play the Game, Don’t Game the Score: Use data to drive (not drown) your team
  • Own the UGLY: Eliminate the most common productivity killers
  • Ditch the Diaper Genie: Correct poor performance without drama
  • Put People Before Projects: Quickly build a more competent and confident work force
  • Rock Your Role: Leverage your strengths to make a unique contribution to the organization
  • Channel Challengers: Build better relationships – up, down, and sideways
  • Trust the Trenches: Know the people closest to your customer or product and what they have to say 

Mastering the Art of the Tough Conversation 

Do you have a tough conversation you need to have, but are avoiding at all costs? Have you ever regretted not having the tough conversation, as you watched someone you truly care about repeat a pattern that severely impacted your business? Is your team speaking with the candor they need to own the ugly problems in your organization and make the best decisions? 

Mastering the art of the tough conversation is a key to success in business, life, and creating a healthy, vibrant culture. One of the greatest gifts you can give another human being is to tell them the truth. 

In this interactive keynote program, Karin and David share their Winning Well model of tough conversations including:

  • The conversation you must have with yourself
  • Tools to solve 90% of your tough conversations before they happen
  • How to ‘Ditch the Diaper Genie’ and have the conversations you need to have
  • The I.N.S.P.I.R.E. method of delivering tough feedback
  • How to ask strategic questions that get to the heart of the conversation

Winning Well: Create Your Culture Code 

Every organization has a code – the invisible, often unspoken, norms that govern how you treat one another, solve problems, and serve your customers.  Despite their best efforts, many leaders struggle to build the culture they want.  Instead, they work tirelessly to work with the culture they get.  These accidental culture codes often result in managers throughout the organization bouncing back and forth between trying to make everyone happy or using people like objects to get things done. Fortunately, there is a better way.

Join award-winning, best-selling leadership authors Karin Hurt and David Dye to discover the secrets of building an intentional culture one interaction at a time. In this inspiring program you’ll get the tools you need to build a culture that encourages both confidence and humility and focus on both breakthrough results and healthy professional relationships. ·     

  • Learn how to develop a Winning Well culture and a sustainable competitive advantage
  • Get the tools to ensure your vision is heard, understood, and implemented the way you intend.
  • Ensure you and your senior team get the information you need to make the best decisions
  • Receive proven management tools and techniques to cascade throughout your organization

Build an Army of Brand Ambassadors

Great commercials, strong PR, a brilliant social media strategy all warrant effort when building your company’s brand. But there’s no better PR than an army of loyal employees living and breathing your brand. You know the type – folks with enthusiasm bursting from their veins–talking up your products and services with their friends at every bar, family gathering, and sporting event they attend. “No, I’m telling you this works, I’ve seen it from the inside! This product has changed my life! Let me show you.” Or  “I’m so sorry you had that experience, it’s not usually like that.” 

Yes, you can define your brand and advertise it. But don’t overlook the power of your employees as brand ambassadors. Our best employees want to be part of the inner circle. To build business sustainability and strengthen your competitive advantage, increase ownership by treating your staff as owners of your brand. In this high-energy program, you’ll learn 7 ways to get employees at every level of the organization advocating for your brand.

VP Professional Development, PMI Iowa

“The information and tools Karin shared were invaluable to our members!”

Senior Vice President, Star Gas

“This is the best presentation of this type I’ve ever heard.”

Director of Clinical Operations WellSpan Rehabilitation

“Winning Well provides a motivational and practical resource for growing and strengthening leaders in our rehabilitation department. Karin’s speaking, book and the tool kit have sparked great conversations and exercises to touch upon very sensitive management areas. The consensus from our leaders so far is that Winning Well inspires us to show up as stronger leaders for the benefit of our patients, our therapy team and ourselves. We are impressed with how relevant Winning Well is to our medical environment. It’s an easy win for all involved.”

President, Women in Homeland Security

“Karin provided a terrific look at leadership—from external actions to some relevant and insightful self-reflection. Her workshop made everyone think about their role and how they may be sabotaging themselves— and how they can stop it to bring out the best in their leadership style. “

Director Of Learning Experiences At National Speakers Association

"Karin's business sense as well as her sense of self combine for incredible insights into authentic leadership and leadership development. From small business owners to educators, she has a special message to deliver. I highly recommend her for your next event or training."

Global VP of Client Solutions

"I have worked with Karin over the last 2 years and have been very impressed with her passion around developing stronger leaders. Her integrity is a characteristic that has resonated with me. I have no doubt that Karin can help improve leadership teams that are in all stages of development."

Author of Leadership Freak

"Listen to Karin Hurt. She developed her own career - and the careers of others - by practicing the principles in this gem of a book. Must reading for every front-line supervisor and mid-level manager, who wants to move up the ladder. A quick read that lasts a lifetime."

VP of Sales & Client Management, Sykes enterprises

"Karin provided an excellent kick-off to our 2014 Major Markets Conference! Her key note speech hit on all the right topics on strategic partnerships and it very much resonated with the audience. Her passion for leadership and partnership was evident to myself and my colleagues."
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