Karen M. Allen is a professional speaker and corporate trainer with over a decade of presentation, on-camera, and on-stage experience.


Her reputation as a speaker is built on her ability to present inspiring and educational talks with honesty, warmth, and actionable change strategies. Her speeches are high energy and earn rave reviews from participants!


Stop & Shift

Karen's signature talk. Stop & Shift is a mindfulness exercise designed to help improve your thinking to make better choices and subsequently create a healthier + happier life.


To help people jump start their mental strength, Karen created this simple technique. Learn how to let go of negative thought cycles and move to more productive and positive thinking with STOP & SHIFT.

  • Jump start your mental strength training

  • Increase self-awareness through conscious thinking

  • Learn how to reframe unproductive thought cycles


A Human-Centric Culture

Diversity and inclusion is a hot topic nowadays, but it's not a trend—it's a mindset. 


In today’s world, compassion, empathy, and mindfulness are critical to the work environment—now more than ever. 


When an organization is fueled by these basic human principles, it will not only help its people flourish, but the business will flourish as well.


Create an emotionally healthy and psychologically safe workplace with inclusive leadership. As a result, your people will feel inspired, cared for, and celebrated for who they are and what they do. 


The Seeds You Plant In A Storm

When the world seems to be crashing down around you, remember, the one thing you can control amid any uncertainty is YOU.


Take the time to get clear on some especially important questions in the midst of a hardship – Questions like: “Who do I want to be on the other side of this hardship?” Will I be the same or will I be better? Am I wasting this time or am I using it wisely?”  


Your thoughts, habits, and actions are seeds being planted and when the storm eventually passes, because it always does, whatever you’ve planted will surely grow. 

Karen Millsap Allen



About Karen

Karen M. Allen is a Mindset Expert and TEDx Speaker who is passionate about teaching individuals the tools and resources to feel better, live better, and achieve their goals with a strong-healthy mindset.​

She began her career in human resources and talent acquisition where she led countless training, new process, and change initiatives. However, at a young age, she suddenly became a widow when her husband was tragically murdered. On the quest to rebuild her life, she discovered healthy habits and lifestyle changes that helped her find her way back to a whole heart. Now, she shares practical advice and life strategies that provide tangible results and skills to help people push through the everyday challenges we all face in life and work.

Karen is the creator of the mental exercise: Stop & Shift. She developed this method to help people jumpstart their mental strength training. It's a simple, yet powerful, technique that explains how to let go of negative thought cycles and move to more productive and positive thinking.

Stop & Shift is designed to help improve your thinking to make better choices and subsequently create a healthier & happier life.

Karen's client list includes NBC’s Golf Channel, Hubspot, Universal Orlando Parks & Resorts, Sprint and many more! Her work has been featured in Forbes, SHRM Magazine, on Good Morning America, MSNBC, and many others! She's also a regular contributor to Arianna Huffington's THRIVE Global community.

Karen received her undergraduate degree in Communication from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia;  she's also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist.

Hire Karen for Live/Virtual Keynotes, Emcee/Hosting, Retreats, Workshops and Fireside Chats


"Karen is a remarkable speaker, who greatly moved and inspired HubSpot employees during her talk. It didn’t matter that we were meeting with her via a video conference – her warmth, expertise, and professionalism shined through. After hearing her on the HubSpot podcast as well as at our INBOUND conference, we knew that we needed to bring her in to talk about empathy in the workplace.


Her story is powerful, and her desire to help companies and individuals navigate their own experiences clearly shows her altruistic drive. She takes what can be a tricky topic and puts our humanity and likeness to one another at the forefront. We all have something to learn from Karen."


MELISSA OBLEADA | Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager at HubSpot

"Karen is a world-class speaker that is bringing the missing link to corporate America, empathy.
She is a remarkable communicator that carries a vital message of bringing empathy and compassion to the workplace. Her story of perseverance is one that will make a lasting impact on your organization.

I was overwhelmed with the amount of reaction to Karen's keynote at our town hall event. I honestly did not realize the size of the need for this transparent message. If you want your team's culture to be transformed into a united one, you must bring in Karen to speak or do a workshop."

JORGE VAZQUEZ | General Manager of BISO at Sprint




I get so much energy from being a guest on shows that are bringing light and positive messages to this world! Check out one of my latest episodes with Davey Blackburn on his show, Nothing Is Wasted.




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