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Karan is a leadership speaker whose speaking engagements are one-of-a-kind experiences that give people a rock-solid foundation to explore how their differentiating strengths shine in today’s new world of work.

Being a leader who “leads at the top of their game” is not restricted to an elite few.  Every individual and company has the potential to be an extraordinary leader who differentiates themselves in their profession or industry, and Karan Ferrell-Rhodes is a leadership speaker who is passionate about motivating and showing your group how to get this done.

For more than 18 years, Karan has been working with both Fortune 50 leaders and business owners alike, to leverage what already makes them outstanding in the eyes of others to fuel their internal passions, delight their stakeholders and enchant the world by showing up as the best version of themselves.

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Speech Topics

How to "Lead at the Top of Your Game”
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Everyone has a “game”. Your “game” is your area of specialty, dominance, or expertise in which you naturally thrive.

The common thread that all elite product, service, and people leaders have in common is that they use their differentiating value to master their “game” in their organization, profession or industry. Those who reach the pinnacle of leadership at the elite levels, enjoy a place of nirvana and fight like heck to stay there.

However, so few ever actually reach the top of their true potential and it has been Karan’s life’s work to understand the root causes as to why. She shares insights from her lifelong fascination with how exemplary leaders are able to accomplish what the other 95% of the population aspires to, but rarely achieves.

You must first be in the game to even have a shot to lead the game. Join Karan as she presents you a blueprint how to be a smarter, stronger leader who leads “at the top of their game”!


  • Understanding the 3 areas of critical mastery
  • Identification of your own differentiating strengths
  • The  top 7 methods to provide the type of differentiating value which will increase your impact &    influence in a way that others are  compelled to follow.
Current Megatrends in Accelerating the Development of HIPO & Next-Generation Leaders


Companies and industries are changing by the nanosecond in order to survive in today’s world.

Developing your top talent to be capable to lead through the challenges of both today AND tomorrow is a huge priority for most organizations.

However, most old development approaches have proven to be outdated and expensive, with a low return on investment.

The Corporate Executive Board reports that high potential leaders (HIPOs) are 91% more valuable to your organization than non-HIPOs, but 73% of HIPO programs show little to no ROI and 1in 4 HIPOs plan to leave their employer in the next 12-18 months.

Based on her research of over 7000 high potential leaders and their employers, Karan curates and shares today’s hottest megatrends in effective leadership development.

Join her to learn some best practices that you can immediately infuse into your people strategy which will increase the strength of your leadership bench and keep your top talent from running out of the door to your competitors!


  • Strategies for low-cost, high ROI leader development
  • Review of best practices in the development industry
  • Gain ideas to decrease your bad attrition
How to Ignite a Leadership Brand On Fire!


Differentiate Yourself – The idea is simple, but powerful.

Using your niche expertise to provide unique value that only YOU can provide will help you become known as the “go-to” leader in your profession or industry. It also opens many doors to new opportunities, benefits and rewards.

This is why one of the hottest topics today involves raising the bar on personal branding by embracing the more powerful tactic of leadership branding.  Think of leadership brands as personal brands on steroids!

What impression do people have of you in both business and in life?

An expert in developing strong leadership brands, Karan will share stories and demonstrate how you can put the power of your own innate brilliance to work to ignite your leadership brand in a way that increases impact and generates your own tribe of raving fans!


  • Learn the components of a leadership brand, why it is important, and how to manage it
  • Ideas on how to use your leadership brand to exceed your goals
How & Why HR Must Prepare Now For The Blended Workforce of the Future


Whether you like it or not, the “blended workforce” of the future is months vs years away from being reality.

Around 40 percent of today’s labor force is made up of non-traditional workers, including freelancers, consultants, contractors, and temporary workers.  Forecasts predict that percentage to rise close to 55% within just a few years.

In addition, tomorrow’s blended workforce will include a larger percentage technology-driven solutions, such as artificial intelligence, to get work done. The concept of managing one’s “team” will have a whole new meaning, provide a litany of challenges, and require a much different set of skills than exists today.

Organizations will look to their HR leaders for direction on how to succeed in the evolving workplace, and HR leaders themselves must rethink how their own work teams will strategize to get work done.

Karan will help audiences explore the benefits and challenges of this new way of working and how to best prepare their organizations for this mind-shift to the inevitable.


  • Understanding the challenges and risks of a blended workforce
  • Tips and resources for how HR can more effectively lead the change management for their organization

For Meeting Planners

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  • Keynotes
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Conferences
  • Team Trainings
  • Executive Retreats

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