Karen’s Story 2018-06-14T19:40:06+00:00

Keynote Speaker Karen McCullough’s Perspective

Keynote Speaker, Karen McCullough believes employee engagement and transformational change are today’s top business issues. Attracting and keeping talented employees requires more than a title and a paycheck. Consequently, when people work in a culture of engagement they feel connected, protected, and respected.

Listen to Karen McCullough’s journey on the road to becoming a highly sought after motivational keynote speaker. Watch to learn more about her perspective on employee engagement and workplace culture.

Karen McCullough, Generations Keynote Speaker

Karen McCullough

Keynote Speaker

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


Karen’s Story

Karen started her internship younger than most! Her mom was the credit manager for an upscale department store in Cleveland, Ohio. She came to work with her as often as possible. It was there that she learned first hand (from her mom) the art of growing collaborative and connected teams; Diverse teams where leaders protect and respect their people and their customers.

Today, Karen delivers highly interactive keynotes across the country. She opens many conventions, meetings and events. In the programs:

  • Karen helps teams and leaders cut through generational stereotypes by leveraging team strengths.
  • Additionally, she inspires inclusion, trust and collaboration among multi-generational teams.
  • Finally, she motivates change that drives better results.
  • Karen’s programs include case studies, current research, stories in addition to a killer game!

Before becoming a keynote speaker she owned retail stores in Houston. She hired young employees with no workplace experience but, she saw potential. Retail and team management were the foundation of her understanding the generations in addition to developing emerging leaders.

Karen’s Clients are Open to Change and Inclusion

She speak for associations, corporations, small businesses as well as many departments in state and national government. In addition to being a keynote speaker, she delivers 1 to 3 hour programs around the topics of:

  • Managing and Leading a Multi-generational Teams
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Going Beyond the Brand with Employee Engagement
  • Employee Branding

Some of Karen McCullough’s recent clients include: Lockheed Martin, DOT Iowa, McDonalds, Procter & Gamble, Exxon, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Symantec, Northrop Grumman, The Ohio State University, National Homebuilders, Women in Agriculture, Department of Transportation,TVA, and maybe YOU!

Why Book Karen McCullough?

“From the start, Karen was phenomenal… easy to work with, friendly, open-minded as well as professional. Booking her as our keynote speaker was ‘low-maintenance’, as I was dealing with 30 other outside speakers. She delivered! She opened and WOWED our audience. Furthermore, she provided a buzz that carried on throughout our 3-day event. A VP in our organization, with 25 years of experience, labeled her ‘easily one of the top 3 keynote speakers we have ever have.’ I would hire her again in a heartbeat.”

Craig Tew NAA Conference – Dallas 2017


Karen’s Story

Keynote Speaker, Karen McCullough During Her Retail YearsKaren began her career as the youngest employee at an upscale department store in Cleveland, Ohio, where her mother worked as the first female credit manager. She worked her way up in a number of roles for the company. Over time she became a sales associate in women’s fashion, and later in menswear. In the early days, Karen worked for two of the world’s most powerful fashion brands: Ralph Lauren and The Limited. This is when she first started analyzing the internal culture of large organizations — both for what fuels them and for what holds them back. She applied what she learned and then launched her own retail business.

Karen was the owner and CEO for 17 years, therefore it is easy to see why “Working with the Generations” is her area of expertise. She is an expert hiring, working with and selling to younger generations! In 1997, after selling the business, Karen became a retail marketing and branding consultant. For the next three years, she energized business owners and executives to approach their work and their life with a fresh, new attitude. Karen developed key strategies for growth, positioning her clients for future success.