Meet Karen McCullough, CSP

Whether exploring the process of change, leading across the generations, promoting a culture of engagement, or growing confidence through mastery, On-Stage or On-Line, Karen’s programs will make you think, make you laugh, and spark a positive change!

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About Karen McCullough

Karen McCullough is a nationally known keynote speaker and expert on change, generational opportunities and workforce trends.

Karen helps organizations cut through the generational biases and get back to reality by leveraging their team’s strengths, enriching the work environment, and driving better results. Each of her presentations brings a realistic perspective on workplace trends, employee engagement, while offering actionable content.

For the past 20 years Karen has shared her insights to top organizations such as VMware, Procter & Gamble, US Department of Justice, JPMorgan Chase, Symantec, McGraw-Hill, National Homebuilders, Shell Oil, Mercedes Benz, The World Bank, American National Insurance, Humana, United Way, American Heart Association and MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Hi. I'm Karen McCullough.

As a former retailer and branding expert, I have always had a passion for understanding what drives and motivates employees and customers. To be successful in retail, it is critical that you know how to hire, manage, and sell across all generational boundaries.

When I began speaking in 2001, those early years in retail became the foundation of my mission to help people and organizations embrace generational diversity by providing honest solutions helping bridge the generational gaps and encouraging better understanding and cooperation in their workplace.

Today I creatively blend relevant content, current research, engaging humor, and compelling stories to deliver actionable ideas through my keynote and speaking programs. I will make you think, make you laugh, and will spark a lasting positive change in your organization!

Julianne Talley

“Working with Karen was easy. She listened to my requests, vision and desires for our annual conference–and she totally delivered through 3 days… 3 sessions, 3 different audiences! Attendees poured out of her sessions energized, with concrete take-a-ways. It was exactly what I had hoped for!”


Top 5 Reasons to

Hire Karen McCullough, CSP


She Delivers “The Wow Experience”

“Thanks, Karen, for making our event a resounding success! You were phenomenal. The chatbox was alive, and people were engaged! I loved the music and games you incorporated into the slides. I had people sending me private messages about making the slides and video available for later viewing.“

Niki Olanrewaju | Co-Chair RO Engagement Team, MD Anderson


Her Content is RELEVANT and Meaningful

"Our conference wouldn't have been the same without Karen McCullough. She researched our industry, understood the challenges facing our attendees and provided one of the best programs we've ever seen. It was educational, insightful, timely, and fun! We rarely if ever repeat speakers, but Karen is the exception. We want to book her for next year's conference too!"

Steven Williams | Operations Director, Modular Building Institute


She Sparks Positive Change

“The audience response to “Change is Good” was immediate. Even our most hesitant stakeholders made a point of sharing their elation with me after the session. Most importantly, everyone in the session left the room with tangible takeaways ready to make a few changes. Thank you, Karen, for helping us to take our general session from credible, to INCREDIBLE!”

Sam Bhandarkar, CMP, CASE | Director of Events, American Culinary Federation, Inc


She is a True Professional

“During our Connect Market event for over 3,500 meeting professionals, a transformer blew up causing the venue to lose power right in the middle of Karen’s presentation. Karen was a total pro and was able to power through. Seeing how great she did in such a tough situation showed what a truly good speaker she is. We’re going to book her for a future event for sure.”

Angie Ahrens, CMP | Connect Meetings, Senior Director of Meetings & Events


She will not only make you think... She'll Make You Laugh!

"Karen is smart and laugh out loud funny! She knows branding! Her 90-minute keynote Beyond the Brand, had the audience engaged the entire time through humor and interacting with one another. What a refreshing way to end the conference."

Lori Pflughaupt | Recruitment Coordinator, Iowa Department of Transportation

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Generations Rock

Gaining the Generational Advantage

Karen’s new book, Generations Rock, shines a positive light on all the generations sharing their quirks and attributes. Get the tools necessary to create an environment of multi-generational trust, collaboration, productivity, and innovation that is sure to give you The Generational Advantage!