What if you could channel the fear and quiet your self-doubt?

How much would your life change?

I’d say it would change a lot! There’s nothing more transformative than owning your value and finding your voice.

You and I aren’t so different…

I understand what it’s like to feel held back by misdirected fear and doubt. Although I’ve been coaching people for nearly 30 years, it’s been a combination of my personal journey, knowledge and expertise that has enabled me to guide others.

I’ve learned many lessons over the years, but I always come back to something my mom taught me about how to treat people: “Be direct, honest, and kind.” Communicating in an ever-changing world can be challenging at times, but those three simple words have guided me the most.

Fun facts about me:

  • $Originally from Minneapolis, I packed my bags in 1994 and followed my childhood dream of living in San Francisco.
  • $For the month of October to celebrate my 50th birthday, I fulfilled another dream: living in Manhattan.
  • $I do my best to live out my mom's advice: "Be direct, honest and kind." And "if you get invited to a party, GO!"
  • $Took a big leap of courage when I submerged myself in a freezing cold river and lived to talk about it (dare I say, "I was exhilarated!).
  • $I lived on the road for 4 years in “Up With People.” You learn a lot traveling with 150 people from 25 countries!
  • $I believe that all people deserve to be loved, accepted and celebrated for exactly who they are.

Imagine this…

Walking into a room and feeling free to be authentically you. Confident and secure to openly share your thoughts and ideas without worrying about what people will think. Or having the courage to do something you’ve never done before. When you tap into that kind of confidence – which all of use have deep down – you’ll stop looking for permission or approval to share your ideas and focus on what really matters:

being the leader you were born to be.


Karen Laos is a keynote speaker and leadership coach equipping women to stand out with confidence. She champions female business leaders to own their value and find their voice so they can be seen and heard. She also works with teams to create cultures of trust and function at their best.

She has coached leaders at Facebook, Google, Netflix, Yahoo!, Sony, Microsoft, Fidelity, Charles Schwab, Trip Advisor, Bacardi, Levi, and more. Karen was HR Director for Gensler Architecture, trained teams at Gap Inc, Wells Fargo, and taught Organizational Development at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

She was the Senior Advisor to Program Delivery for Decker Communications, where she managed and mentored a team of facilitators delivering programs around the world. Karen coached executives on how to influence and speak more effectively. Her passion lies in developing others and she has done this throughout her career of nearly three decades.

One of her most fulfilling experiences was being on radio (the J.O.B. radio show and KFAX), coaching callers on how to make powerful life changes. Karen speaks annually at the BASS Conference. She also loves facilitating corporate retreats. She founded Kissing Frogs Project in 2010, an online community to help single women be true to themselves.

Karen received her BA in Psychology from Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Upon graduation, she spent 4 years traveling across the globe in the experiential education program, Up With People. She also completed 10 years of the Townsend Leadership Program.

Karen’s style is fun, encouraging and results-oriented. She immediately moves past the “fluff” and gets straight to the issue (just ask her clients!).

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