High-Impact, Interactive Programs – Virtual and In-Person

One of the greatest rewards of what I do is watching resistance melt away — and seeing the “ahhh…yes!” happen. I offer programs, keynotes, and speaking engagements, focused on key concepts and tools from my Spiral Impact® approach to conflict mastery. I get people out of their seats and experiencing how power can be delivered with grace — and get results!  

My programs are designed flexibly to scale for large events or small internal groups who are seeking ways to work more productively and creatively with conflict.


What Can You Expect with My Programs?

I believe that people learn best by doing, so my programs are interactive and participative. I demonstrate all my concepts physically, making the learning entertaining and long lasting with visual and kinesthetic demonstrations. Here are a few scenes from an engagement I did for an internal team to give you a flavor.


Momentum in Times of Disruption with My Most-Requested Programs:

Mastering the Art of Conflict

Conflict is the spark that lights the fire of innovation. However, the flames or the smoldering embers of conflict can also destroy trust and vitality that are essential to bringing out the best in people to create high performing teams and successful relationships.

In this interactive presentation, Karen blends concepts from physics and the martial arts to show you how to:

  • Transform destructive conflict into innovative solutions
  • Be the calm eye in the Storm, raise Emotional Intelligence
  • Change your relationship with conflict as a natural positive part of your life

Power with Grace

As the world rapidly changes, agility and resilience are essential survival skills. While we can’t control the world around us, we can change how we move through it, how we interact with others, and who we become in the process. This hinges on our ability to bring forth our true power which requires a calm center, clear intent, and authentic inquiry – moving with situations instead of against them to create easy, honorable momentum. In this interactive program Karen Valencic will blend concepts from physics and the martial arts to demonstrate five simple keys to bring forth your true power. Participants will leave with tools and ideas they can use immediately.

  • Increase adaptability to change with agility and resilience
  • Create collaborative relationships, bringing out the best in others
  • Stay calm and maintain perspective under pressure

Innovation at the Intersection of Conflict and Change

Innovation, conflict, and change are inseparable like three very close cousins. This is tricky because many people want innovation, avoid conflict, and resent change, which often triggers more conflict! Accepting this triumvirate opens the door to free up momentum and foresee ways to optimize outcomes.

– Shift destructive conflict to innovative solutions
– Optimize engagement for efficient innovations
– Smooth the impact of change

Fighting for Civilty? Do this Instead or The Science of Influence 

Can you push something toward you? No! Pushing is away. Why keep on pushing to make things happen or convince someone to take your position? Pushing points of view creates more resistance and ‘dug in’ positions. Instead, use physics and learn to harness the power of a spiral and watch the magic happen!

In this interactive presentation, I blend concepts from science and the martial arts to demonstrate 5 keys to navigate through intense and demanding circumstances. Learn to:

  • Stop wasting energy trying to convince, instead Spiral to influence with more ease
  • Engage productively even when resistance is great
  • Stay calm and maintain perspective in intense situations
  • Create authentic relationships

Centering:  The Martial Way to Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness

Center is an internal focus to create a sense of balance, awareness, and personal strength. Centering increases mindfulness, emotional intelligence and is a key element to foster influence, collaboration and innovation.

This session creates a context for how centering increases your ability to perform with more stability and influence, as well as less stress while in challenging circumstances. Participants will leave with tools and a plan for how to integrate centering into their lives. Learn how to:

  • Become the ‘calm’ eye in the storm of life
  • Increase perspective and awareness
  • Engage with power instead of force to influence and collaborate

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Ready to start making powerful shifts in your personal and professional life?

Karen captivates audiences with her engaging hands-on demonstrations. She left employees attending an exclusive TED-style event at Eli Lilly and Company energized and inspired with her Spiral Impact approach. Highly recommend Karen as a consultant, coach or guest speaker!  

Celeste Stanley, Program Designer, Eli Lilly Corporation

“Throughout our Momentum in Times of Disruption series, Karen let her expertise shine as she transformed a virtual setting into an engaging learning environment – everything from sharing experiences to standing up for movement exercises. Karen’s unique and effective methodology reinforces her as a leader in the field, and absolutely makes her a top choice for speaking & coaching needs!”

HealthCare BusinessWomen Association, Central Region

“There are many presentations on conflict out there but this one was much different — it was outstanding and made the evening meeting a great deal of fun. It was lively with attendee participation… Karen is a presenter with flare and the ability to get the point across.”
Western Ohio ASTD

“I don’t usually write speaker fan mail, but the high quality of Karen’s presentation content, combined with her platform skills made her presentation one of the high points of a very high quality program.”
Indiana State SHRM Conference

“Karen worked closely with me to customize a presentation that would be most beneficial to our organization, something very useful that attendees could take home and apply not only in work, but life as well. Karen provided all of that in a top-notch program.”
WomenHeart National Conference

Karen Valencic

Martial artist. Engineer. Author. Sought-after consultant.