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[Karen] is entertaining, knowledgeable and able to customize what she knows to the audience needs. She is a strong presence online and off, fully dedicated to embracing her own vulnerability and helping others realize their potential.
— Allyson Hewitt - Senior Fellow, Social Innovation
Karen was a vital part of the success at Explode Conference 2016. Her tone and presence got the audience’s attention and got them fired up before our first speaker even stepped on stage.
— Greg Smith - Founder, Explode Conference
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Karen delivers the closing keynote for the first annual #ChangeTheRatio event in Kitchener-Waterloo for International Women's Day in 2016. (Don’t mind the hum or the oops…it’s all part of the fun.)

Women in…

…business, technology, leadership, life…

These talks are deeply personal. I want to help 20 year-old women find their 40 year-old voice, and encourage 40+ year-old women to embrace their power. These keynotes aren’t just for women, and they aren’t filled with meme-quality quotes and empty platitudes. They are entertaining, resonant, and filled with purposeful actions. Attendees walk away with tangible steps and insight on how to build resilience, own their value, find their voice, and show up like a true ally.

It is truly unique to have someone speak with honesty and transparency. Karen speaks with true credibility, legitimate authority, and is as real as a person gets.
When you walk away from one of Karen’s talks you are transformed, inspired, and feel like you’ve just made a new friend. If you’re goal is to engage your audience in thought-provoking dialogue, you must consider Karen for your event.
— Donna Whitney - Women in Communications and Technology
 

NORCAT Innovation Mill presents Startup101 - Social Media for Startups Featuring Karen Schulman Dupuis.

Social and Digital Media

Training, Trends, & Workshops

Applying 20+ years of experience to guide startups, entrepreneurs, small businesses and traditional enterprises to strategically, effectively, and sustainably use social media platforms and tools to build their brands, drive sales and promote growth.

I have worked with Karen as both a colleague and a customer over the past six years and have been very impressed with her content knowledge about how to use social media to enhance the presence thought leaders, company brands, and drive business development. She is professional, engaging, and simply fun to hang out with as she knows all the latest cool trends that we need to be aware of.
— Don Duval - CEO, NORCAT
 

A short snippet of my talk at TechWaterloo Region in November 2017.

Leadership & Management

Our organizations and teams deserve leaders that are willing to go beyond a checklist, or stated mission, vision and values. Are you brave enough to take an unvarnished and vulnerable look at who you are as a leader? This isn’t about saving face. It’s about finding grace.

Karen spoke at the Remarkable Women of Business event in Belleville, for which I was the emcee. Karen has the rare ability to deliver a challenging personal story (one that really resonated with me, as one of the only men in the room!) with a sharp twist of humour that keeps her audience engaged and amused in equal measure. I would not hesitate to hire her again!
— Michael Crow - Belleville Intelligencer
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2018

Amazon Canada (Toronto)
Inaugural Women in Tech event
Speaker + Panel

SheWorx Roundtable (Toronto)
Keynote

Marit Collective (Waterloo)
Talk the Walk Series
Panelist

Broad Conversations Radio Show (Hamilton)
Guest

2017

Remarkable Women of Quinte (Belleville)
Keynote

Women’s Business Network (Peterborough)
Keynote

TechKW (Waterloo)
Speaker

Community Builders of Canada (Toronto)
Panelist

NORCAT (Sudbury)
Social Media for Startups
Keynote + Workshop

2016

Canadian Women in Entrepreneurship (Toronto)
Government of Canada Panelist

Rotman School of Management (Toronto)
Panelist

Full Stack Toronto [FSTO]
Closing Keynote

Change the Ratio (Waterloo)
Closing Keynote

Fireside Conference (Toronto)
Speaker

Year of Code Waterloo
Eureka Gala
Closing Keynote

Explode Conference (London)
Master of Ceremonies +
Panelist Moderator

NORCAT (Sudbury)
Social & Digital Trends
Keynote + Workshop

NORCAT (Sudbury)
Startup101
Keynote + Workshop

2015

Ontario Bar Association (Toronto)
Jump on the Brand Wagon
Speaker + Panelist

FITC Women (Toronto)
Speaker

NORCAT (Sudbury)
Social Media Trends
Keynote + Workshop

2013-2014

Women in Communications and Technology (Toronto)
Keynote

MaRS Green Energy Hackathon (Toronto)
Host + MC

MaRS Advanced Energy Centre Launch (Toronto/Washington DC)
Host + MC

Mesh Marketing Conference (Toronto)
Panelist

Mesh Marketing Breakfast (Toronto)
Panelist

Edelman Canada (Toronto)
Real-time Marketing
Panelist

Social Media Week (Toronto)
DemoPit
Curator

Social Media Week (Toronto)
Is Canada Falling Behind in Innovation? Panel
Curator + Moderator

Tweetstock 8 (Brantford)
Speaker

Canada 3.0 (Toronto)
Women in Technology
Panelist

2011-2012

Emerging Leaders (London)
Closing Keynote

PodCamp (Toronto)
Women in STEM
Panelist

Desire2Learn (Waterloo)
Mobilize Conference
Panelist

International Women’s Forum (Stratford)
Panelist

Ignite Waterloo
Speaker

Tweetstock7 (Brantford)
Panelist

Ignite Parents (Stratford)
Speaker

Ignite Stratford
Curator + Host + Speaker

Marketplace Conference (Waterloo)
Social Media Idol Winner