About Karen O’Donnell

An award winning speaker, delivers engaging presentations


“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed, is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.”

– Oprah Winfrey

About Karen

Along with her corporate background in HR, Karen  is a multi award-winning speaker.  She achieved the level of Distinguished Toastmaster in 2015.  The highest award you can obtain in this internationally recognised public speaking and leadership organisation.  In 2018 Karen became a certified World Class Speaker Coach.   Karen was also award Toastmaster of the year in 2016 and Professional Speaker of the Year in Ireland, in 2018.

At events, Karen delivers keynote speeches, workshops and break-out sessions.
As a professional speaker, Karen can capture the essence of your meeting or event and deliver compelling content to engage your audience.
Karen is an award winning speaker who has spoken nationally and internationally. Her style is relaxed and sincere. With a storytelling style that is both engaging and thought-provoking.


7 Reasons why you should book Karen?



Preparation for the speaking engagement begins well in advance of the event date. In order to capture the essence of your event, as a speaker, Karen prepares by discussing with you what you want to achieve from her presentation; the likely challenges you want addressed and the take-aways for the attendees. This ensures that the messaging is specific to your brand. This is part of Karen’s professional service for presentations.

Keen eye for detail

When you engage Karen to speak at your event, Karen treats your event with the same attention to detail as if she was hosting it herself.

Clear Messaging

The presentation you receive can be personalised to your branding and messaging.

Tailored Presentation

Much research goes into each presentation resulting in it being unique to your audience and tailored to suit your specific needs.

Timely considerations

A speaker who you can rely on to arrive early to set up and be available to your after after her presentation.


Having regularly attended events as either a speaker, attendee or the actual organiser, Karen knows what makes a successful event and having speakers who are both memorable and professional is a key part of that success. Karen knows what makes a successful event and having speakers who are both memorable and professional is a key part of that success.

Promote your event

Karen will promote your event through her own social networks.

Some of the Topics Covered

Your inner GPS
Successful Soft Skills
EI in the age of AI
Courageous Conversations


Double DTM

Toastmasters, International leading organisation in Public Speaking and Leadership – this is their highest award which they bestow on members who have reached a certain level of excellence.  Karen was also award Toastmaster of the year in 2016

Professional Speakers Association

Karen volunteered her time within the Professional Speakers Association and was awarded Member of the year  (Ireland) 2018

World Class Speaker Coach

Karen completed this intense certification program with her mentor Craig Valentine – World Champion of Public Speaking. (2018)


Karen's credentials really stood out to us, and her engagement style made it straight-forward to tailor a package to suit our needs. The feedback received to date is proving it's time well spent, with this response standing out to me, from an experienced yet quiet manager; "I'd go as far to say it was one of the best sessions I have attended in my career". We are delighted with progress to date and wouldn't hesitate in recommending for other organisations.

Dean CaronDirector of IT Delivery, Engineering Excellence (DevOps) @ Unum Ireland

“Karen O’Donnell brings her positive, can-do attitude to every endeavour, and has been a reliable and valued advisor. I look forward to continued collaboration with Karen, and benefitting from her smart ideas, calming presence, and unwavering positivity and support.”

Karen HenryDigital Marketing Strategist, Accenture Dublin

I've known Karen since December 2015 when I reached out to her with a request for support to help me in my goal of improving the communication skills of my team in work. From day 1 Karen has shown herself to be an extremely positive and supportive person with excellent communication and leadership skills. She exudes energy and has demonstrated that she has vast expertise in the areas of communication and team leadership. As a result, my team has gone from strength to strength. We owe a lot to Karen for all the work that she has done with us.

Paul ThomsonPeople Operations @ Google

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