Karen Laos, Communication Expert and Confidence Cultivator, is on a mission to eradicate self-doubt in 10 million women by giving them simple strategies to ask for what they want in the boardroom and beyond.

Coached by her father, Karen first recognized the power of confident communication when she successfully negotiated her first flea market purchase at six years old. She now guides women to transform self-doubt into self-confidence resulting in more clients, job promotions, and negotiation wins.

With 25 years serving as C-Suite advisor and commanding coveted stages such as Google, Starbucks and NASA, Karen leads the frontline of best practices for creating results through confident communication. She guides corporations and individuals with a proven model and is known for her actionable tips and ability to build trust quickly. During her corporate career, she led a team of facilitators while traveling the globe consulting industry leaders on the seemingly soft skills that impact the bottom line.

Karen is the author of Trust Your Own Voice: Growing Your Influence Through Confident Communication, as well as the host of her highly ranked podcast, Ignite Your Confidence, equipping women to stop holding back and start taking their seat at the table. Following her lifelong dream to live in Manhattan, she rented an apartment there for the month of her 50th birthday.


  • Communication: Clear and compelling ways to ask for and get what you want.
  • Leadership: Presence that builds trust and credibility quickly, positively influencing culture and the bottom line.
  • Confidence: Unshakable self-assuredness by trusting and using your voice.


  • Powerful Presence: Become a Confident Communicator
  • The Art of Asking: Negotiation Strategies to Advance Your Career
  • The 5 Biggest Communication Mistakes & How to Avoid Them
  • 7 Ways Women Give Away their Power (& how to take it back!)
  • Customized topics and talks available



…for women in leadership who want to speak up and stand out. With over 31,000 downloads, she brings actionable tips and proven methods to help you step into your confidence.


Karen is the best selling author of “Trust Your Own Voice: Growing Your Influence Through Confident Communication”.A guidebook for women in business 40+ to communicate with confidence and be seen as an influential leader. For women who have held back from their sharing ideas, Karen shows you that you’re not alone. In fact, she’s been there, too. The best news of all? Karen teaches her reader how to speak up and stop missing opportunities with sentence prompts and specific tools that can be put into practice right away.


  • More than 25 years in corporate leadership
  • Over 31,000 podcast downloads
  • Combined social media following and email list of 15,000
  • Nearly two million women reached through her social initiative campaign, 10in10


  • Keynotes & Workshops
  • Expert Quotes
  • Written Articles
  • Interviews
  • 1:1 Coaching
  • Group Coaching
  • Offsite Facilitation
  • Communication and Culture Consulting



You May Have Seen Me On


How to Grow Your Business on Clubhouse


Karen shares how to grow your business on Clubhouse, starting with signing a new client from her bathtub.
Reporter: Gabrielle Bienasz

10in10 Looking to Eradicate Self-Doubt in 10 Million Women

LIVE! In the Bay

Communication Expert & Confidence Cultivator Karen Laos joined host Olivia Horton to chat about her mission to help women end their self-doubt. Watch the clip to hear some tips that you can apply today.
Interviewer: Jessica Wills

Tips From a Communication Expert About Overcoming Our Insecurities

WKRN – Nashville (CBS) – Local on 2

Karen Laos has incredible tips and advice for people to find the courage to ask for what we need. For more information, please visit

Speak Up with Confidence


Karen Laos appears on ABC10’s Your California Life on speaking with confidence, tips on negotiating what you want and establishing credibility.
Interviewer: Desiree Sheppard

Building Confidence: Confidence Cultivator, Karen Laos Helps Women See Their Value


Karen Laos stops by the show in honor of Women’s History Month. Did you know many women lack confidence in the workplace? Karen is hoping to change that- hear some tips from her on how you can build confidence in your everyday life.
Interviewer: Taylor Trache

Stop Getting Talked Over & Start Being Seen as a Leader

Business Made Simple with Donald Miller

Donald Miller talks with Karen Laos, author of the book Trust Your Own Voice and host of the podcast, Ignite your Confidence with Karen Laos. Karen shares practical tips on how aspiring leaders can confidently speak up and become a valuable player everyone else wants to hear from.
Host: Donald Miller

Meet Karen Laos


From her 6-year-old self negotiating at flea markets to being tongue-tied in the boardroom, Karen shares her “how I got here” story in Bold Journey magazine. 
Author: Karen Laos

I’m a Communication Expert — Utilizing These Tips Will Help You Negotiate Confidently at Work


Karen shares tips on how to negotiate at work with confidence, clarity and connection.
Author: Karen Laos

Confidence Corner with
Karen Laos

DEFY Magazine

How Women Give Away Their Power (and how to take it back!) We all have blind spots. You might not even realize that you’re giving your power away, so this month and next we’re highlighting the most common ways we do this as women, and above all else, how to take your power back!
Author: Karen Laos

The Power of Communication: How to Speak Up, Be Heard and Build Confidence with Communication Expert, Karen Laos

Have a Seat Conversations

Imagine this my friend. 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 us have deep down – you’ll stop looking for permission or approval to share your ideas and focus on what really matters. That is everything that Karen stands for and she is on a mission to empower women everywhere to do just that. Meet Karen Laos, a communication expert and confidence cultivator who has helped thousands of women in the workplace communicate more effectively and confidently.
Host: Debra Coleman

Asking for What You Want; How to Not Be Disappointed on Mother’s Day

FOX 15

Confidence Cultivator, Karen Laos, stopped by News15 virtually to share advice for both mom and the people in her life to make gift giving a breeze.
Interviewer: Taylor Trache

Karen Laos

Her Success Story

We chat about how my career started in consulting and how it moved to find a mission in helping ten million women to overcome self-doubt; the questions I find important for staying on track and making decisions; what one thing you can shift to grow our inner confidence and take action; my favorite self-doubt exercise, and how it offers an immediate mindset shift; and much more.
Host: Ivy Slater

Tips for Women to Use our Voice and Overcome Insecurities

Wake Up with Marci

Communication expert and confidence cultivator, Karen Laos, discusses tips on how we as women can start using our voices and overcome our insecurities so we can ask for what we want
Interviewer: Marci Hopkins

Standout with Unshakeable Confidence with Karen Laos

One Spark Stories

Wonderfully empowering and insightful look into one woman’s journey from corporate to keynotes. Hear all about Karen’s incredible transformation as she has carved her own path as a keynote speaker and leadership coach equipping women to stand out with unshakable confidence.
Host: Katie Currens

Trust Your Own Voice with Communication Strategist
Karen Laos

Women Who Rock with Success Media

Host: Diane Winbush

How to Stop Seeking Validation From Others (60+ Expert Ways)


How to Stop Seeking Validation from Others

The 5 Things You Need To Be A Highly Effective Public Speaker

Authority Magazine

The 5 Things you Need to be a Highly Effective Public Speaker
Author: Fotis Georgiadis

How to Speak the Language of Confidence

Inspiring Lives

How to Speak the Language of Confidence
Author: Karen Laos

In Her Own Words: Karen Laos says ‘Covid freed me’


It seems counter-intuitive to think of being a professional speaker during a pandemic, but that’s exactly the path Karen Laos chose to follow. “The pandemic was the best thing that ever happened to me. It allowed me to break free from being stuck.” At 52, I seized the opportunity to quit my corporate leadership role and follow my dream of being a professional speaker.
Author: Ellen Sherberg

How To Ask For What You Want (And Get It!)


How To Ask For What You Want (And Get It!)
Author: Karen Laos

11 Words to Avoid and What to Say Instead


11 Words to Avoid and What to Say Instead: Small things make a big difference, like the words we say — and the ones we don’t.
Author: Karen Laos

QFF 25+ years of keynote speaking and communication coaching. Now assisting small to medium business owners in improving their communication, confidence to speak up, and negotiations making win-win situations.

Grow a Small Business Podcast

Host: Troy Trewin

Helping High Achieving Women in Business Speak With Confidence and Clarity


Helping High Achieving Women in Business Speak With Confidence and Clarity
Author: Jed Morley

LinkedIn: Episode #427

Office Hours

Helping High Achieving Women in Business Speak With Confidence and Clarity
Host: David Meltzer

How To Communicate Effectively – When Faced With Challenging Expectations


Host: Linda Yates

Meet Karen Laos | Communication Expert and Confidence Cultivator


POWER of Confident Communication


Sabrina Victoria invites Karen Laos, Communication Expert and Confidence Cultivator, to discuss how she guides corporations and individuals with her tested communication model to generate consistent results for women leaders through her Leadership Presence Keynote: How to Be an Influential Communicator.
Host: Sabrina Victoria

9 Words To Avoid and What To Say Instead with Confidence: Karen Laos

Well Workplaces

Host: Tom Bosna

The Power of Authenticity: an Expert Guide to Being More ‘You


Interviewer: Angelica Malin

15 Common Reasons Behind Job Application Rejection


Author: Valerie David

How to Ask for What You Want (and get it!)

Fabulous Fempreneurship

Host: Elaine Slatter

10in10 Press Release

Press Release

Author: Brielle Cotterman

Communicating Confidently in the Workplace with Karen Laos

Passage to Profit Show – Road to Entrepreneurship

Karen Laos is a Communication Expert and Confidence Cultivator and founder of Karen Laos Consulting. She teaches women leaders how to speak up with confidence and receive what they want in the boardroom and beyond. Karen is fiercely committed to her mission of eradicating self-doubt in 10 million women, transforming missed opportunities into negotiation wins, promotions, and more business.
Host: Richard & Elizabeth Gearhart

Building Trust, Likability and Authority with Karen Laos

Web Design Business

We’ve all heard the “big 3” of sales…i.e. “Know, Like, Trust” but what does it take for clients to truly feel all 3 with you in sales, discovery and prospecting parts of the process? Karen Laos shares her insight having coached hundreds of executives, authorities, industry leaders and high performing professionals.
Host: Josh Hall

Episode 11

Jersey Podcast

Host: Danielle Woolley

Showing Up Strong with Karen Laos

Opening Closed Doors

Karen is on a mission to work with 10 million women to support them to overcome self-doubt. In this episode of the Opening Closed Doors podcast, she shares her journey from self-doubt to self-confidence and self-trust. She opens up about her childhood insecurities based on her relationship with her family and how understanding her value and finding her voice, has enabled her to coach many other women to be the best they can be, showing up strong.
Host: Sophia Nicholls

Effective Communication is Key

First Class Life Show®️

After completely freezing in an important professional meeting, Karen Laos realized there were deeper issues that led to the “loss” of her voice. Tune in as she shares tips to confidently find your voice and communicate.
Host: Lindsey Vertner

You Want Something, You Have to Ask for It

Communication Intelligence Magazine

Communicating with Vulnerability and Intelligence
Interviewer: Michael Toebe

Conjure More Confidence with Karen Laos


Join us as we uncover the origins of self-doubt, often stemming from childhood, and discuss how focusing on one big goal can change our lives for the better.
Host: Laurie James

How to Speak Confidently on Your Podcast, with Karen Laos, Episode #32


Host: Wren Robbins

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