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Hot Off the Presses!

2024 Highlights
  •  FEBRUARY 24, 2024:  Karan was a featured expert in the article, “How HR can manage employee expectations when a merger or acquisition is announced”.  Link to website


2022 Highlights
  •  OCTOBER 5, 2022:  Karan was a speaker at the Global Talent Summt 2022, hosted by the Gallup organization.  Link to website
  • AUGUST 17, 2022:  Karan was a guest on The Rutledge Perspective podcast, with host Laurel Rutledge.  Link to podcast and show notes.
  • JUNE 23, 2022: Shockingly Different Leadership and Karan were featured in the magazine, VoyageATL.  Link to article 


2021 Highlights
  • 2/05/21  Karan was featured on the podcast, Career View Mirror, with host Joyel Crawford.  She weighed in on a rich discussion on perceptions of the Human Resources function and the future of work post-Covid.  Link to episode.


  • 3/23/21  Karan was featured on the podcast, Transformational Truths, with host, Pastor Travis Hall.  They spoke in depth about how leaders can sometimes be subject  to fear and impostor syndrome. Link to episode.
2020 Highlights
  • 11/18/20  Karan was a featured panelist at the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance’s DEI town hall on “How Systemic Racism Plays a Role in Our Professional Community.” Link to overview.



  • 8/11/2020    CEO, Karan Ferrell-Rhodes’ was a presenter at Talent Revealed, a virtual conference hosted by Big Bend SHRM.  She spoke on the advantages of incorporating design thinking in Human Resources and hosted a mini-hackathon on diversity & inclusion.



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Media registration at SDL’s public events is open to editors and reporters working full time for print, broadcast, or web publications with valid press credentials.

Valid press credentials are required at time of registration and include:

  • A by-lined article published by their employing news agency within the past six months
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Bloggers and freelance journalists will be considered for media registration on a case-by-case basis and must provide three of their most recent blog posts or articles on a subject to be considered for media registration.

Please note that marketing executives, sales representatives, public relations executives, analysts, consultants, authors, and researchers may not register as media.

SDL reserves the right to deny media registration to any individual who does not meet the above guidelines, or to limit the amount of media registrants. SDL also reserves the right to request a copy of media coverage as a requirement for media registration.

Contact us to inquire about media credentials.

Social responsibility


Shockingly Different Leadership is excited to be supporting the following charities:

The African Library Project: (http://africanlibraryproject.org)

Education is one of the keys to building more self-sustainable communities in areas in need. However, in rural communities across the globe, where access to the internet is limited at best, physical books are the window to what is possible and are an agent of change.

The African Library Project collects and recycles high quality books into small sustainable libraries in rural Africa, where books are in short supply.

By partnering with fellow passionate global collaborators, Shockingly Different Leadership joins The African Library Project in celebrating 10 years of building over 1750 libraries in countries like Ghana, Sierra Leone, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland!

How you can help: Incorporated into many of our programs, is a social leadership component, where our participants are given a real-life challenge to help a featured charity, like The African Library Project.

By being a client, you are automatically supporting others in need. You can also make a donation to support our most worthy causes.

Press Inquiries

Our press team loves working with journalists around the world to share compelling, unique stories about optimizing the world of work.

If you’re a member of the media and would like to talk, please get in touch with the appropriate team by sending an email to service@shockinglydifferent.com or send an email to our CEO, Karan Ferrell-Rhodes directly.

Karan Rhodes

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