Karen speaks to groups of all sizes on a range of topics from food freedom and the Fear of Thin to communication, authenticity, assertiveness and leadership. She never leaves her humor or her skills as a professional entertainer at home.
FATLASH! Food Police & the Fear of Thin
Meet the author, discuss the book
FATLASH! is a memoir and a cautionary tale about the backlash that can result from regulating others people’s diets (especially children). It’s also about Karen’s real-life experiences in child beauty pageants and the way in which some parents live vicariously through their children. Woven through her story are Karen’s unique perspectives and insights as a mental health professional and consultant. Karen’s book encourages a compelling discussion about authenticiy, finding your own path in life and the value of boundaries: Those between parent and child, between person and society and between public pressure and personal responsibility. Karen invites us to look closer at what inspires each of us to strive for mastery in our lives, to persist in the face of adversity, and to use what we learn to create a better future. A broad range of audiences will find Karen’s humor and insights relevant to a variety of modern challenges.
TODDLERS AND TIARAS: What Will They Be Like as Adults?
Children on Display, Parents Who Live Through Them
From “Toddlers and Tiaras” to “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” Many are horrified by these shows and yet they are bigger than ever. They wonder how these kids will turn out in 10 or 20 years. Hear from an adult who has been there and from a clinician who knows the likely and tragic consequences. Karen had a “stage mother on steroids” and though her stories are funny and entertaining, they also hold a message and are a cautionary tale about what not to do. Karen explains why this social trend hinders healthy growth and what you can do about it.
FOOD POLICE: Preventing a Problem or Creating One?
What’s the True Impact?
What is the FEAR OF THIN?
Obesity as Protection
How could anyone be afraid to be thin? Isn’t that what we’re supposed to want more than life itself? It’s a counter-intuitive idea that women, or anyone could be afraid to be thin, but in this appearance-obsessed culture, that may be exactly what’s going on. Come with Karen on a journey through the other side of the obesity debate and hear ideas that perhaps you’ve not thought about before–that fat is functional and may even serve to protect some people from a maladapted culture. “The body sometimes says what the mouth cannot,” says Karen. Then she teaches you what you can do about it. This presentation is interactive and discussion-oriented and is in no way meant to be a prescriptive about how to lose weight.
GUTSPAH: The Way to LEAD with the TRUTH
Assertiveness for Women (& Everyone Else!)
GUTSPAH(pronounced good-spa) is authenticity, assertiveness and intelligent truth-telling. It helps people tell the truth in a way that resolves conflict and reduces incivility. GUTSPAH builds leadership, credibility and trust by improving communication skills. GUTSPAH is just the GOOD STUFF! Empowering, uplifting and fun, It’s good chutzpah! You need GUTSPAH if: – you’re having trouble standing up for who you are and what you believe. – you’re starting to believe that how things appear is more important than how they really are. – you know what needs to be said but you’re having trouble saying it in a positive and constructive way. You’ll clear the air, elevate your relationships and be the leader you were meant to be. Honest, direct communication is critical to getting what we want in almost every area of our lives. Sometimes, it seems as if others get what they want by lying, hyping or even bullying. But in the long run, it takes a heavy toll on their happiness and self-esteem. When the truth comes out, as it so often does, credibility is damaged and trust is gone—along with productivity and peace of mind. Happier workers, free of conflict with themselves and others, make more productive workers. Happier spouses make more caring partners and of course, their partners are happier as a result. Gutspah is a creative method to boost honest and direct communication…for any occasion!
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