Karen’s Perspective

Employee engagement and culture are today’s top business issues. Attracting and keeping the talented requires more than a title and a  paycheck.  When people work in a culture of engagement the feel connected, protected, and respected. 
Watch to learn more about Karen McCullough’s perspective on the workplace.

I call this CPR Engagement

Karen McCullough

Success is always a moving target. Anyone who thinks that they have arrived is kidding them selves. In order to stand out today you have to understand innovation, inclusion, technology, the new customer, and be open to CHANGE. When you accept that change is necessary for growth you can’t be stopped.


Karen’s Bio

Karen started her internship younger than most! Her mom was the credit manager for an upscale department store in Cleveland, Ohio and she brought Karen to work with her as often as possible. It was there that she  learned first hand (from her mom) the art of growing collaborative, connected, and diverse teams that respect and protect their people and their customers.

Today, Karen delivers highly interactive keynotes across the country, opening many conventions, meetings and events. In the programs, she helps teams and leaders cut through generational stereotypes by leveraging their team’s strengths, inspiring trust and collaboration, and initiating changes that drive better results. Karen’s programs include case studies, current research, stories and a killer game!

Before becoming a speaker she owned retail stores in Houston where she hired young employees with no workplace experience but, she saw potential. Retail and retail management were the foundation of her understanding the generations and developing emerging leaders.

Karen Clients are Open to Change and Innovation

She speak for associations, corporations, small businesses and many department in state and national government. In addition to keynotes, she has created 1 to 3 hour programs around the topics of managing and leading a multi-generational teams, selling to the generations, and employee branding.Some of Karen McCullough’s recent clients include: Lockheed Martin, DOT Iowa, McDonalds, Procter & Gamble, Exxon, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Symantec,  Northrop Grumman, The Ohio State University, National Homebuilders, Women in Agriculture, Department of Transportation,TVA, and maybe YOU!

Why Book Karen McCullough?

“From the start, Karen was phenomenal…easy to work with, friendly, open-minded and professional. Booking setting up the program as our keynote speaker was ‘low-maintenance’; I was dealing with 30 other outside speakers. She delivered – she opened and WOWED our audience and provided a buzz that carried on throughout our 3-day event. Our VP organization, with 25 years of experience here, labeled her ‘easily one of the top 3 keynote speakers we have ever have.’ I would hire her again in a heartbeat.”

Craig Tew NAA Conference – Dallas 2017

Karen’s full client list

Karen’s Story

Karen began her career as the youngest employee at an upscale department store in Cleveland, Ohio, where her mother worked as the first female credit manager. As a tribute to her infectious spirit, Karen was dubbed the store mascot. She worked her way up in a number of roles for the company, eventually becoming a sales associate in women’s fashion, and later in menswear.In the early days, Karen worked for two of the world’s most powerful fashion brands, Ralph Lauren and The Limited, where she first started analyzing the internal culture of large organizations—both for what fuels them and for what holds them back. She applied what she learned and then launched her own retail business.

 Karen  was the owner and CEO for 17 years. Looking back on the experience, she can  see why “Working with the Generations” is her area of expertise. She is an expert hiring, working with and selling to younger generations!In 1997, after selling the business, Karen became a retail marketing and branding consultant. For the next three years, she energized business owners and executives to approach their work and their life with a fresh, new attitude. By developing key strategies for growth, her clients were positioned for future successes.

Millennial evangelist  Karen McCullough

Awards and Organizations

NSA CSP

In 2006 Karen received the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional designation, which has been bestowed upon fewer than 7% of the 5,000 speakers who belong to the International Federation of Professional Speakers. She has been honored with multiple awards, including the Toastmasters International Communications and Leadership Award and the John Wolf Award for speaking excellence. Karen is an active member of the National Speakers Association and served as president of the Houston chapter in 2006. She is active in Dress for Success and The Woman’s Home. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio State University where she also performed graduate work in education.

What People Are Saying

/ Procter & Gamble

Karen was phenomenal when she spoke to Corporate Engineering Business Support at Procter & Gamble. Her program was engaging and thought provoking. The group was so impressed with her research and delivery on the area on the generations in the workplace that they have asked her to come back and speak at the P&G Engineering Summit later this year.

Director of eLearning Consultants / McGraw-Hill

Karen, you truly exceeded our expectations and you delivered on exactly what our group needed (branding/persuasive presentation skills). I feel after our day together, the eLearning Consultants are in a much better position to win because of your efforts. Thanks again for such a productive day, and I look forward to working with you in the future.

Director / Sun Microsystems

It’s amazing how the success of Karen’s branding workshop spread to so many different parts of Sun Microsystems—all word of mouth. It was rated as one of the most impactful learning modules by the participants at our GSS Leadership Institute. These participants are the high potential directors handpicked for this program who are being groomed for VP positions.