karen purves


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Imagine a speaker who provides inspiring, interactive programs filled with evidence-based content and immediate take-aways. Visualize your audience engaged, energized and laughing. Award winning International Speaker Karen E. Purves M.A. has built a solid client base providing these results for nearly 20 years! Karen blends relatable stories, leading edge research and proven solutions to impact your attendees so they can leave a program saying their time was truly well spent. In the last decade, neuroscience has made incredible strides in understanding how the results of communication affect others' thoughts, emotions and responses. As a communication expert specializing in Interpersonal Neurobiology principles and affective neuroscience findings, Karen shares instantly usable tips for communication via email, phone and in person, both internally with staff or externally for customer service, sales or marketing.

In addition to being described as “one of the best” or “favorite” speakers of entire conferences dozens of times, other attendee comments include: “refreshingly honest”, “attention grabber and keeper”, “breath of fresh air” and giving “real answers to real life”.

Karen combines a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Master’s Degree in Public Policy and over 25 years business experience along with extensive training at “The Second City” to leave audiences feeling energized, inspired and empowered. Karen also has the rare distinction of being a 3-time game show winner! These accomplishments allow Karen to connect with audiences as few others can.

Throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia - from Fortune 100 companies to associations and government - Karen regularly provides training and development solutions through her keynotes, workshops, coaching and consulting. Additionally, her articles have been featured in nearly a dozen publications. Karen’s guarantee? Attendees will receive useful material, in an engaging way, and practical tools to implement immediately!

Client List

Since most clients are garnered by referral, I am proud to work with companies and organizations in a wide variety of areas. Recent audiences have included:


Meeting Professionals International*
Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism
Oklahoma Governor's Conference on Tourism
Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism
Idaho Governor’s Conference on Tourism
Professional Convention Management Association*
Leading Hotels of the World*
International Association of Exhibitions and Events
Go West Summit
California Travel Association
Starwood Hotels
Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings Asia
National Business Travel Association*
Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International*
Society of Incentive and Travel Executives
International Limousine & Chauffeured Transportation Show*
Association of Destination Management Executives*


Pharmacia (now Pfizer)
Baxter Healthcare
USDA/Food Safety Inspection Service*
The American Society of Radiologic Technologists
The Association for Medical Imaging Management*
Iowa Society of Radiologic Technologists*
Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association*
American Academy of Dermatology
Marshfield Clinic
Vision Expo East and West*
Doctors Eyecare Network*
1st Eyecare
Nevada Sleep Diagnostics
Methodist Medical Center of Illinois
EHOB, Inc.*


American Animal Hospital Association
Western Veterinary Conference
Wild West Veterinary Conference
Oregon Veterinary Conference
Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association
VCA Animal Hospitals*


American Dental Association*
California Dental Association
Texas Dental Association
Minnesota Dental Association
Inland Northwest Dental Conference

Financial/Insurance Services

Baxter Credit Union
National Association of Credit Management
Credit Management Association*
Essex National Securities, Inc.
American Credit Union Mortgage Association
PKF North American
American Payroll Association*
Financial & Insurance Conference Planners
Northwestern Mutual
IGAF Worldwide*
Association for Accounting Marketing


American Nursery & Landscape Association
Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association
Landscape Ontario
Sheridan Nurseries
Garden Center Symposium
Kellogg Garden Products*


American Society of Association Executives
Canadian Society of Association Executives
National Corn Growers Association*
National Auto Auction Association
National Apartment Association
Texas Apartment Association
International Window Cleaning Association
Sports Photographers Association of America
Contemporary Ceramic Studios Association*
Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association


International Truck and Engine
Alliance for Women and Children*
Ryland Homes
JenaDyco (Australia)
Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce

*Multiple appearances

Meeting Planner Testimonials

"Karen Purves provided an enlightening and entertaining session for our conference delegates. I particularly appreciated the fact that she'd done her homework and was familiar with our audience and its interests." Joe David Rice, Arkansas Tourism Director

"One professional speaker and motivator utilized by the NCGA that consistently stands head and shoulders above the others is Ms. Karen Purves. Her unique and effective presentation style, coupled with a deep understanding of the subject matter, has made her a favorite among our diverse audience base. Whatever the topic Karen grabs it by the horns, pours in her heart and soul, and provides an interactive and effective presentation that both entertains and educates. Those in search of that special speaker and motivator needn't look further than Karen - a consummate professional that delivers what she promises and then some." Tim Brackman, Director of Development, National Corn Growers Association

"Karen was exceptional! She held our attention with humor, stories and practical tips. Her message was informative and entertaining. Our membership felt she was one of the best keynote speakers we have ever had at a conference." Denise Obrecht, Marketing/Communications Coordinator, Iowa State Association of Counties

"You were a breath of fresh air and gave everyone really great tools to be successful in any business. You are so energetic and LOTS of fun, our audience, including our President, just loved you." Maura Allen, Vice President, North America and Shareholder Operations, RADIUS

"I was impressed with Karen's enthusiasm, humor and wonderful interaction with the audience. She is highly entertaining and she is able to get beneficial ideas across to the audience." Jan Bolte, Omaha Public Library

"CEO's can be a tough audience, but your knowledge base and delivery style impressed the group and provided meaningful food for thought. I found your stand-up skills and ability to deliver relevant material exceptional." Mary Lynn Fayoumi, President and CEO, The Management Association of Illinois

"Karen approached these diverse events with professionalism and solid preparation and her delivery of the material was excellent. At both meetings, the content was well tailored to the audience and the method of delivery was fresh, engaging and thorough." Kevin Mead, IGAF Worldwide

"Karen's natural and honest style is both fun and entertaining. She is enthusiastic and this certainly engaged our tough crowd. Karen was instrumental in helping PCMA Canada West Chapter host our most successful meeting ever and we would love to have her back!" Sonia Baldissera, PCMA Canada West Chapter

Audience Testimonials

"Yours was the best workshop I attended of the three day conference." Kate Kjome, USDA, FSIS

"Your presentation was compelling and useful - even for a skeptic like me." Tim Smith, Ph.D., Wiglaf LLC

"Karen's enthusiasm is contagious. She has internalized her material and therefore presents it with ease and believability." Kristin Whitheld, Innerweave Asian Healing

"Karen's commitment to her audience is sincere. She doesn't come to just present material, but to help participants learn and take something home with them." Kevin McGrath, USDA

"The time flew as Karen's animated delivery of useful material was presented to an engaged audience." Sarah Kuzma, Meyer Real Estate

"Karen doesn't just speak she relates to her audiences thoughts and feelings." Nancy Simonieg, Gaylord Hotels

"Karen's presentation was refreshingly honest - this is life changing stuff!" Jenni Woodward, The Patina Group

"Kept my interest enough to STAND for 75 minutes!" Chris Nisbet, Arlington Heights Park District

"Attention grabber & keeper." David Rowney, Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre

"Karen brings an honest approachable energy with her presentation. She doesn't speak fluff!" Erin Moriarty, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts

"She is a real ball of fire - great contact, great content, great presentation." Dennis Molitor, Home Nursery, Inc, Edwardsville, IL

Finer Points

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What is coaching?

Coaching is a powerful alliance that can help you determine your priorities, make choices, take action and supports you in attaining your personal and professional goals. It’s about who you are, what matters most to you and how to achieve what you want. The coach serves as a facilitator, assisting in overcoming limiting beliefs and helping you become more accountable.

What can I expect from coaching?

Get clear on what you really want. Set attainable goals and develop a strategy for achieving them. Practice being focused. Receive support, create momentum and become more accountable. Reduce stress.

How does appointment scheduling work?

You purchase 2 hours (120 minutes) at a time. You can split up your time however you like: four 30-minute sessions, six 20-minute sessions, one one-hour session and four 15-minute sessions or any other combination. We can set up any frequency you like: weekly, bi-weekly, or more or less often. We talk by phone to compare schedules/calendars and book all 120 minutes in one call. This “appointment setup call” does not take any of your coaching minutes away. This is complimentary.

What is a typical coaching session like?

The client sets the agenda. The coach and client may choose to look at what’s working well, what isn’t, what can be done differently in the future, what lessons were learned in “mistakes”, brainstorm on options, or identify reoccurring themes. It is the coach’s responsibility to listen with the head and the heart, and the client’s responsibility to be honest and take responsibility. Confidentiality is assured during the entire coaching process.

How much does coaching cost?

The initial 20-minute trial session is free. My individual rate is $250 for two hours. My corporate rate is $300 for two hours. Each client sets up a program that works for both the client and the coach. Payment is due prior to the first session. For some clients, setting a goal at the beginning of coaching and seeing progress around that goal, can help reveal the value of your investment. A minimum commitment of three months is recommended, but not required.

How does coaching differ from therapy?

Therapy is frequently about the past and coaching is about the present and future. The coaching process focuses on choice, planning, growth and support, and the coach helps guide the client. Coaching sessions can involve emotional issues and your coach should be able to support you when you share strong feelings. If a coach feels that the client would benefit from therapy, the coach should recommend that as an alternate or additional avenue to pursue.

What training do coaches receive?

Training varies widely among coaches. Right now, a person can simply call themselves a “coach” with no formal training. Other coaches receive training in person, and still others (the vast majority) do training over the phone. There are about a dozen schools offering coach training. Feel free to ask your coach about training they have received.

What are the qualities of a good coach-client relationship?

The coaching relationship is based on mutual trust, respect, honesty, responsibility, accountability, creativity and commitment. Your coach should have a demonstrated ability to overcome obstacles, think creatively, hold your best interests in mind, successfully have adopted new behaviors and achieved increasing levels of personal and professional growth. A good coach will also exhibit excellent listening skills, and can help the client hear what s/he is saying.

What makes Karen E. Purves, M.A. an effective coach?

Karen E. Purves, MA, is a trained Coach. She has cultivated skills to help empower others toward personal and professional growth in an innovative, supportive, and enthusiastic environment. She helps individuals set priorities, create action plans and supports her clients. She can assist in creating momentum and accountability and help her clients obtain the tools and structure to accomplish what they want.

Karen received in-person training from the Coaches Training Institute, one of the most highly regarded Coach Training schools. Additionally, she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and a Master of Arts Degree in Public Policy at The Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. To further round out her skills, she studied improv comedy and performed on mainstage at The Second City.

Her diverse experiences include: public speaker, tutor, animal welfare lobbyist and three-time game show winner. Further, Karen founded a non-profit, Secure Parenting, to strengthen the parent/toddler relationship, and the program achieved statistically significant positive results. She is half of a certified pet therapy team with her dog, Louie, and she and Louie lead a group at an inpatient mental hospital 3-4 times a month. She has lived in Chicago, California, Germany, and now Las Vegas for the last 12 years, and counts her dog, cat, music, improvisational dance, amateur photography and traveling among her greatest joys in life.

How do I get started?

Just call 702-606-3528 or send an email to Karen@innovativeimpact.com.

Free Stuff

For a 60-minute podcast with Karen conducted by Kendra Wright with Saffire Events Click here..

For a 30-minute interview with Karen on Carmen Carozza's radio show "Forward Motion" on WGCHClick here..

Karen E. Purves, M.A.
innovative impact
Las Vegas, NV USA
cell: 702-606-3528
karen@innovativeimpact.com or samneph@gmail.com

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