karen purves


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Karen’s inspiring, engaging and witty style blends relatable personal stories, leading edge research and proven solutions to impact your attendees so they can leave a program saying their time was truly well spent. As an award winning International Speaker with particular expertise in how language affects emotions, Karen knows how to connect with audiences as few others can. In mathematical form, Karen could be = Energizer® Bunny® + Tina Fey + Wikipedia.

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”, “contagiously enthusiastic”, “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!

Throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia - from Fortune 100 companies to associations and government - Karen guarantees that attendees will receive useful material, in an engaging way, and practical tools to implement immediately!

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

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

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

Finer Points

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FREE Stuff

For a NEW 60-minute podcast with Karen conducted by Kendra Wright with Saffire Events from December 2014, Click here.

*FREE* podcasts available to you right now!

For a 60-minute interview with Karen conducted by Carmen Carozza on his radio show "Forward Motion" from 8/19/13 on WGCH, Click here.

For a different 30-minute interview with Karen and Carmen from 9/27/11, Click here.


NOW AVAILABLE - Downloadable audio book of my #1 requested and highest rated seminar: "Communicate With Strength - Key Words That Undermine Your Effectiveness"!! For only $29, you can get an approximate 75 minute, high quality, live recording, just moments away with tips to use immediately to improve your communication and sales! You can listen online or download to a cd or ipod.

MP3 File - 12.5MB

Karen E. Purves, M.A.
innovative impact
Las Vegas NV USA
cell: 702-724-4912 (phone and text)
fax: 470-201-6149
karen@innovativeimpact.com or samneph@gmail.com

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