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conference people talking“What people are saying…”


Listen to participants in  Work/Life Pursuit Workshops, Mastermind Groups and other speaking engagements!




Corps of Engineers, Kansas City, MO, Life Balance Workshop, June 2019

  • The class definitely exceeded my expectations!
  • The Mastermind activity was so so good! It was so scary talking & allowing yourself to be that vulnerable, but it was so worth it!
  • The class was very helpful in helping to understand and prioritize personal/professional objectives.
  • Very inspiring journey through work and life balance tips and tricks.
  • Karen, you are very personable and easy to talk with. Thank you for the many personal examples you shared. They added to the depth of the learning.

Corps of Engineers, Seattle, WA, Life Balance & Diversity Workshops, April 2019

  • I really appreciated your inclusion of data from past and current classes.
  • The ROCK model is well thought out and genuinely useful!
  • Our list of WIIFM (What’s In It For Me) items at the beginning was great! It gets everyone to buy in. We are all glad that you actually set aside time for the discussions we wanted to have. You adjusted the course and agenda.

Corps of Engineers, Kansas City, MO, Life Balance Workshop, June 2018

  • Karen did an excellent job presenting the material in a new interesting way. Kept the class engaged and provided valuable information.
  • Karen offered very helpful tips to help balance my hectic life with a full time job and two little girls. Applying real life strategies, so I don’t blink and ten years of my life goes by without real purpose.
  • The course provides challenging but accessible resources on gaining self-awareness and empowering yourself to identify what is important for you to focus on in the course of a week.
  • Great workshop! Really needed a refresher and reminder on this.

Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla, WA, Life Balance & Diversity Workshops, May 2018

  • Karen was very engaging and enthusiastic throughout our two days. She covered controversial topics well without omitting content.
  • Karen continued to amaze me with her personal story and application of the techniques she was teaching I was grateful she trusted us enough to share her personal stories.Karen was fantastic. Excellent conversation allowing all points to be discussed.
  • Thank you for your time and positive energy. I enjoyed the class extensively.
  • I really appreciated Karen’s depth of knowledge, delivery and energy.
  • Great energy throughout the day. Kept the class interesting throughout the entire 2-day session.

Corps of Engineers, Seattle, WA, Life Balance Workshop, April 2018

  • Karen delivers a wonderfully useful program that reflects her wealth of knowledge and experience in an easy to digest format; highly recommended!
  • Truly enlightening and enjoyable course. The value of having ideas that may be floating around in your own head clearly identified, quantified and presented in a usable and practical way cannot be overstated.
  • The interaction with classmates made it both useful and memorable. I hope to utilize the mastermind technique in other avenues of my life!
  • Karen truly has a gift for balance! Her blend of humor and thoughtfulness was engaging. Her blend of research and facts against opinion and interpretation resulted in some exciting class discussion.
  • I always appreciate when a speaker has walked the walk before they try to teach it to someone else. Karen has most certainly been there!

Jane Fife, Sr. Research Scientist at Battelle

Karen Murphy did an excellent job in up front preparation for the seminar on work/life balance she conducted for our organization. She made sure the presentation was in tune with our business needs and was timely in getting materials for us to review prior to the seminar. The seminar was a huge success, providing an excellent kickoff for our work/life initiative!

August 12, 2013, Jane was Karen’s client

Rita JohnsonSVP, Global Women’s Leadership Forum; Leadership Development, Coaching, Cross Cultural Relationship Building

Karen Murphy recently served as a panelist at a Global Women’s Leadership Forum hosted by Kelly Services, Inc. in Troy, Michigan. I first met Karen when she was VP at Ashland, Inc. and just launching their women’s business resource group. In that instance and now on this panel, I found her to be engaging, articulate and funny. By staying focused on the conversation and the messages, Karen provides humorous anecdotes as she delivers wisdom and knowledge born of experience. She is not just waiting for ‘her turn to talk’, but is truly listening for understanding, and looks for opportunities to validate the other speaker and provide a fresh perspective. Her contribution to the panel and to the women in the room was an important element to the day’s success! I would strongly recommend her for speaking engagements!

December 6, 2012, Rita was with another company when working with Karen at Work Life Pursuit

Laurie GrovesOwner

Karen was an exceptional speaker for 65 women at our conference. I was especially pleased with her care to fit the valuable information into the allotted time frame. Her use of visual aides to guide us smoothly through her main points clearly made an impact on the audience. Karen immediately shared the evaluation forms with me proving the reception of the group.
I appreciated the worksheets used that we could take home. The best recommendation I could give was that I put into action on my way home one “rock” that was missing in following my Work/Life Vision.

July 11, 2013, Laurie was Karen’s client

Laurie Murphy, MAOwner at Training Dynamics LLC

Karen worked endlessly to customize my workshop to the client. Because she was so involved in the planning stages, she made an immediate connection with the group. She engaged the audience in interactive exercises and left them with tangible outcomes. From the workbook and content creation to individual follow-up, she hit all the right notes. I will most certainly work with Karen again, and with pleasure!

April 15, 2013, Laurie was Karen’s client

Robert M. CohenLarge Account Solutions Director at State Auto Insurance

Karen’s ability to deliver a relevant message and share her personal perspectives are a winning combination for both women and men!! I plan on incorporating a number of her suggestions into my routine! I loved how she used the powerful visual of the ‘rocks before sand’… It was a great way of driving home an essential element of the presentation.

September 1, 2013, Robert M. was with another company when working with Karen at Working Parent Café

Cassandra BinkleyRecruiter, General Staffing

Karen is a pleasure to work with. She took the lead in organizing a panel discussion for the diversity conference titled, “The Many Faces of Inclusion”, put on by HRACO (Human Resource Association of Central Ohio). Karen was a fabulous organizer and facilitator. She very creatively brought together the three panel session experts and developed an excellent presentation for the group. She included personal accounts to share her own experiences, making the session dialogue more rich and vibrant. This was a wonderfully informative session because Karen very thoughtfully developed questions and kept the conversation flowing so that attendees were really able to have a unique learning experience. I look forward to working with Karen in the future on other speaking projects as she is truly a professional, has great presentation style and creative ideas.

June 18, 2013, Cassandra was with another company when working with Karen at Work Life Pursuit

Christine McCollumPayroll Specialist at State Auto Insurance

Karen Murphy is a wonderful speaker who is full of excitement! Karen makes you feel inspired and determined to be successful. She provides wonderful knowledge and tools to assist you in obtaining balance in your life.

August 21, 2013, Christine was a consultant or contractor to Karen at Work Life Pursuit

Sara MolskiManager of Government Advocacy at Cox Consulting Group

I attended my first Awesome Women in Business meeting in July here in Columbus and Karen presented at this meeting. What I loved most about Karen’s presentation was her energy and warmth. She spoke from the heart with passion and enthusiasm. The presentation was fantastic overall. I enjoyed the content, specifically the statistics she provided. I would definitely recommend Karen’s expertise and services!

August 1, 2013, Sara was with another company when working with Karen at Work Life Pursuit

Meenu WaniGroup Leader, IP at Ashland Inc.

We at Ashland have asked Karen for her services as professional speaker for Ashland Women International Network Work/Life presentation. It was a pleasure to hear her. she has made the presentation not only very enriching with the examples and photographs, but was interesting and engaging too. Learned so many things from her presentation which were practical and doable. I really enjoyed listening to her.

March 14, 2013, Meenu was Karen’s client

Leslie QuickelParent Education Facilitator

I’m so focused on the parenting side of things that Work/life vision takes a backseat. What made the biggest impression (even more so than the rocks and sand story) was your survey results. I truly enjoyed your presentation, you got me thinking about my vision!

February 5, 2013, Leslie was with another company when working with Karen at Work Life Pursuit

Amy AmbrozichParent Coach, Speaker, Co-founder of Dare to Parent

Karen brings an energy to her presentation that has you engaged from the moment she begins.The idea of work/life balance sounds good, but for many it’s hard to figure out how to do it. Karen will lead you on the path to successfully balancing work and family and all that comes with it! Her presentation got me thinking about setting my daily priorities differently. I really appreciated getting some perspective and thinking about what my “rocks” are versus what the “sand” is in each day. (That was a great visual, by the way!) Some days I get so busy with the mundane I don’t get the important things done first. As a working mom I needed to hear Karen’s message!

January 31, 2013, Amy worked with Karen at Work Life Pursuit

Rachel FasigSenior Paralegal, Global Trade & International Law at Ashland Inc.

Karen succinctly identifies the issues and lays out a clear and practical path to “create your work/life vision”. A motivating speaker who challenges you to your best and inspires your self-confidence to achieve your vision.

January 22, 2013, Rachel was with another company when working with Karen at Work Life Pursuit

Fran LockwoodSr VP R &D at Valvoline

Karen Murphy presents an interesting and compelling seminar on work – life balance. She shares how she balanced an executive job with the job of raising four children and provides insights on how to take control of the problem. I can recommend her seminar to anyone with many competing priorities.

January 21, 2013, Fran worked with Karen at Work Life Pursuit

Umit OzkanCollege of Engineering Distinguished Professor at Ohio State University

I attended Karen’s seminar on “Career and Family” when she spoke to a group of our senior students in Chemical Engineering. Her talk was very well received by the students. Right from the beginning, Karen got them interested in the topic she was talking about. She managed to get the students engaged as active participants in the conversation, rather than having them remain as passive listeners. The examples she brought from her own life experience provided a nice personal touch. The talk was informative, insightful, thought provoking and inspiring.

October 16, 2012, Umit worked directly with Karen at Work Life Pursuit

Tammy RubinQuality Assurance Analyst at A2Z Field Services

I attended a meeting where Karen discussed Work/Life situations. Her techniques to engage the crowd of people there was great. Not only did she get people to enjoy her exercises but people could share/reflect their ideas from the cafe discussions. I really enjoyed her presentation and I think anyone who needs some great work/life information should use Karen’s service.

October 13, 2012, Tammy was Karen’s client

Rich Danko, CMP, CSPMarketing Director at Olympus Luxury Homes

I recently attended a Work/Life Vision seminar presented by Karen Murphy. She immediately engaged the group, fostered participation with her Cafe workshop exercises and showed the participants how to identify their roles and priorities to focus on the most important things in their life. Karen is highly recommended.

October 12, 2012, Rich was Karen’s client

Patty BoydEducational Editing–K-8 Science and Math

Karen is an energetic, engaging presenter. Her charismatic manner keeps the audience listening and thinking about what she shares and what she will ask next. Karen is well-prepared, organized, and designs interactive activities for the entire group, small sub-groups, and individual input. She remembered names of the group members, chose a variety of participants to share their responses, and reviewed and reflected on the presentation as she wrapped up the meeting, leaving us with a positive, memorable experience. One of the best meetings we have had–uplifting, interactive, motivational. Thank you!

October 11, 2012, Patty was Karen’s client

Barbara Smootat WELD

WELD is a non-profit organization that develops and advances women’s leadership. Karen did a presentation on Work/Life Vision for two of our corporate members. Karen did her homework on the two companies involved. By having participants complete on-line surveys prior to the event, Karen provided a tailored rather than a canned presentation on this topic. Participants learned well-defined approaches to managing life’s competing priorities. Her session attracted both men and women and injected humorous situations to help illustrate points. As an attendee, I definitely embraced her approach as did others at the event.

October 5, 2012, Barbara was with another company when working with Karen at Work Life Pursuit

Anne CarterDirector Corporate Diversity and Inclusion at Alliant Energy

I am very pleased to provide a recommendation for Karen Murphy. We have interacted through the Central Ohio Diversity Consortium (CODC; ) and Karen served as a panelist for the April 2012 Employee Resource Group (ERG) Symposium which CODC sponsored. Her contribution was invaluable for participants as she shared her leadership role in establishing an ERG for women while an executive at Ashland.

I have also become familiar with Karen’s transition from Ashland to Working Parent Café. Her background as a chemical engineer and professional work with major corporations in multiple regions of the United States provide natural expertise for her focus on balancing family, personal and professional priorities. Her formal preparation and life experiences have resulted in a unique perspective that will enrich virtually any audience interested in working parent issues.

May 30, 2012, Anne was with another company when working with Karen at Work Life Pursuit

Lisa StromeierProfessional Speaker/Author/Weight Loss Consultant at Creating Choices for Health

Karen doesn’t just talk about finding the balance between being a professional and a parent, she’s lived it. With over 30 years in the corporate world she (and her husband) have raised 4 beautiful daughters. An engineer by profession, Karen initiated a women’s employee resource group while at Ashland Inc. As a working parent Karen became passionate about sharing what she knows from first-hand experiences regarding finding and maintaining a work/life balance. Through humorous stories and first rate content, Karen is able to keep audiences engaged. (I know I’ll never forget the image of her and her siblings upside down in a snow bank!) For an enjoyable and educational experience I highly recommend Karen as a speaker whenever your group or business needs a speaker.

May 30, 2012, Lisa was with another company when working with Karen at Work Life Pursuit

David SullivanDirector of Diversity and Inclusion at OhioHealth

“Recently I had the privilege of listening to a panel discusson about forming Employee Resource Groups. One of the panelist was Karen Murphy formerly of Ashland. She had been a key participant in forming a women’s employee resource group at Ashland. I found her a pleasure to listen to. Her passion for women and the issues that women face in the workplace was readily evident. She was able to not only respond to questions in a professional and articulate manner, but was also very engaging. If you ever need someone to speak about women in the workplace, Karen would be a great resource.”

May 22, 2012, David was with another company when working with Karen at Work Life Pursuit