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Inc. Top 100 Leadership Speaker, Inspiring Stories, Practical Tools

Accelerate Team Performance.  Develop Courageous Cultures and Courageous Leaders.
Communicate for Better Influence and impact. Thrive in a Hybrid Workplace. 

Inc. Top 100 Leadership Speaker – Inspiring Stories –
Practical Tools – In-Person + Virtual Events

When you hire a leadership keynote speaker, it’s not enough to leave everyone energized and feeling good – you need inspiration and practical ideas that create lasting change.

What differentiates Karin Hurt and David Dye’s keynotes is high-energy audience engagement and practical application. Your audience will walk away with specific tools they can use to make a difference in their business.

All these programs can be delivered as a keynote or longer workshop. Many of our clients choose an inspiring, engaging keynote, followed by a breakout program for deeper application.  And if you’re planning a corporate leadership meeting of offsite, you’ll also want to check out our Strategic Leadership and Team Innovation programs.

Their most popular keynotes are based on three books. Click on the book image to see related keynotes.

“Engaging, dynamic, and full of insights that are both compelling and actionable.”

Laura Metzer, Chief of Staff, Microsoft West

 These keynote programs are perfect for:

  • Companies that want higher profits and more engagement and innovation from their teams
  • Leaders working to build more innovative, high-engagement cultures
  • Managers struggling to get their teams to think more creatively and solve problems on their own
  • Teams looking to take their performance to the next level
  • Anyone looking for more remarkable, practical, usable ideas
Powerful Phrases for Workplace Conflict

These keynote programs are perfect for:

  • Anyone looking to communicate with more confidence for better influence and impact
  • People looking for practical tools and techniques to navigate difficult conversations
  • Teams who’ve been through a lot, and are ready to talk about it, take a breath, and prepare for a brighter, bolder future.
  • Organizations working to foster deeper trust and collaboration

These keynote programs are perfect for:

  • Leaders working to build a high-performing, high-engagement culture
  • Overwhelmed managers ready for a breakthrough
  • Managers and teams working to take their results and relationships to the next level
  • Teams looking for practical tools and techniques they can use right away
  • Team members looking to contribute more deeply to their in-person, hybrid or virtual team 

Courageous Cultures

Managerial Courage and Innovation Keynotes


Karin Hurt David Dye keynotes

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Courageous Cultures: How to Help Your Team Solve Problems Faster, and Surface Remarkable Ideas

Based on ground-breaking new research in innovation and problem-solving, you’ll learn what leaders like you are doing to build more creative and solutions-oriented teams. Teams who don’t just bring you more ideas, but practical, ideas you can use to make work, work better.

You’ll explore the root causes of FOSU (fear of speaking up) and ways to turn your team’s fears and frustration into practical innovation.  You’ll learn: easy-to-use tools and techniques to empower solutions-thinking and customer-focused problem solving; how to respond to wacky ideas without crushing your team’s hearts and spirits; and techniques to encourage courage and deeper dialogue up, down, and sideways.

Courageous Leadership

Courageous Leadership: Practical Ways to Be More Daring

When you’re barraged with problems every day, sometimes it’s easier to take the path of least resistance. You don’t speak up because it might rock the boat. You procrastinate on a decision, or don’t try that new idea because you’re afraid of failure. Or you don’t invite feedback because you might not like what you hear. In these moments, you miss opportunities, you waste money, and erode your team members’ trust.

Building your reputation as a courageous leader doesn’t necessarily mean making big, bold, game-changing moves. It happens every day, little by little, as you own your strengths, speak up, stand out, and dare to take appropriate risks. This highly engaging keynote gives you five practical ways to be a bit more daring every day—to become the courageous leader you want your boss to be.

human centered technology

Innovative Minds in a Digital World: Fostering a Fearless Tech-Driven Culture

While technology is a vital tool, it’s humanity that truly fuels innovation and solves complex problems.This keynote empowers managers to unlock what humans do best—connect and create.

You’ll gain actionable strategies to dismantle the Fear of Speaking Up (FOSU) in tech-enriched settings, cultivating a culture where cutting-edge ideas and transparent communication are the norm.

This program is ideal for leaders who want practical ways to use technology better, by tapping into the ideas and best practices of every team member.

Equip your team with the means to forge stronger connections and tackle problems more effectively and efficiently, utilizing their innate human capacity to imagine and realize the extraordinary, with technology in hand as your steadfast partner.

courage collabortory

Courageous Cultures Collaboratory: How to Build a Culture of Innovation and Problem Solving

Elevate the innovative capacity of your organization in this cutting-edge 1/2 day or full day leadership program. The Courageous Cultures Collaboratory is designed for experienced leaders eager for actionable solutions that revolutionize the workplace in a rapidly changing world.

The Courageous Cultures Collaboratory is more than just a learning experience—it’s an interactive journey that will challenge and equip you with researched-based tools, best practices, and daily habits to lead a cultural transformation in your organization. By attending, you’ll not only gain invaluable insights but also practical, scalable solutions that will make work, work better for everyone. 
This program is easily customizable for companies looking to apply these tools internally, or for associations and conferences bringing attendees together to learn practical ways techniques and best practices to take back to their organizations. 

Start Reading Courageous Cultures now, for free!

megan mones
“Under Karin’s guidance, our event became a fertile ground for cultivating remarkable ideas. Karin’s keynote resonated deeply with our team, amplifying the impact of our collective efforts and leaving a lasting impression on all participants.”

Megan Mones
AVP, Communications and Member Experience
Signal Mutual

Powerful Phrases

Communication and Collaboration Keynotes


Keynote Speaker Karin Hurt

Navigating Workplace Conflict: How to Have More Influence, Less Drama, and Better Collaboration

Master any workplace conflict with confidence and ease, have less drama, better results, and thrive at work.

When there are problems to solve, and people who care (and there are so many things to care about) you’ll face conflict. And if you want to have more success, influence, and joy in your work, you’ve got to navigate it well. But conflict is hard. You weren’t born knowing the perfect words to say when you’re angry, dealing with a jerk, or when someone calls your game-changing idea “stupid.”

This highly experiential keynote is based on findings from our expansive World Workplace Conflict and Collaboration study. You’ll leave with the courage, confidence, and competence to navigate even the trickiest conflict scenarios and build better, lasting collaboration.


team building

Building High Performing Teams: Creating Habits to De-Stress Your Team and Work Better Together

Experience the pinnacle of teamwork transformation with the original creators of the SynergyStack Collaboration System and the authors of Powerful Phrases for Dealing With Workplace Conflict. Through the 4 Cs of Collaboration—Connection, Clarity, Curiosity, and Commitment—you’ll engage in a hands-on, practical engagement that will transform the way your team works. 

In this highly interactive program, your team will:

  • Craft a unified vision that defines and directs your collective efforts toward success.
  • Learn key habits that underpin high-performing teams and pinpoint the ones most critical to your team’s success.
  • Master and practice powerful techniques to weave these habits into daily interactions.
  • Construct a tailored action plan to instill and nurture these habits, ensuring sustained collaboration and performance.

“Karin and David knocked it out of the park with their Mega Session delivered in this year’s HR VA SHRM 2022 annual conference. Their presentation was both informative and interactive. So glad they presented.”

Shelley Smith, Virginia SHRM

Winning Well

Leading High Performance Teams


Leadership Keynote Speaker

Winning Well: Breakthrough Results Without Losing Your Soul

Do you ever wish your team had more energy, would get more done, or solve problems on their own? It’s tempting to demand more, tighten control, and micromanage to get more results out of your team…but there is a better way.

WINNING WELL is a practical leadership strategy to achieve breakthrough results that really last. Get results while keeping your team (and yourself) energized, motivated, and inspired.

In this highly-interactive keynote, you’ll learn six proven approaches to give you the courage and confidence to have more influence and impact, and practical tools to build high-performance, high-engagement teams.

The Accountability Advantage: Elevate Your Team’s Commitment through Greater Clarity 

Do you feel like you’re constantly chasing after your team to get them to do what must be done? Are you frustrated and often ask yourself “why can’t people just do their job?” Do you worry about losing team members if you hold them accountable? Maybe you’re exhausted and wondering if this whole “leadership thing” is worth it? 

You can overcome these challenges and enjoy your work, your team, and achieve remarkable results by mastering The Accountability Loop.

In this practical and highly interactive program, you’ll learn how to easily incorporate The Accountability Loop into everything you do: communicating and reinforcing clear expectations and aligning on a shared understanding of success; engaging in accountability conversations that create commitment; and celebrating outcomes.  And you won’t just learn tools and techniques– you’ll leave with a specific plan for your team and your work. 

Start Reading Winning Well now, for free!

Karin Hurt and David Dye were invited to speak to an elite group of highly engaged volunteer leaders from around the world – a tough audience to please. It was an early morning session on the last day of a long conference. Their delivery style, real-world stories, and innovative concepts kept this audience engaged. The feedback from the leaders is that they gained takeaways they could immediately apply in their volunteer and professional roles – including tools and templates. I would hire Karin and David again to improve the skills of people who manage others in any capacity.”

Linda Jones Coordinator, PMI Leadership Institute Master Class

Leadership Development Keynote Rockville


Do you have amazing women on your team, who are not speaking up for fear of not being heard?

Are you looking for a powerful and inspiring women’s leadership keynote speaker for your next conference or corporate event? Could your team benefit from a powerful women’s leadership speaker who’s been where you are, leaving a strong track record of results? Are you looking for a women’s leadership speaker to help your team gain more confidence and influence?

Karin Hurt will work with you to custom-design an inspiring and highly practical keynote or masterclass to inspire and motivate your team. Whether you’re looking for straight talk for your executive women’s leadership conference, or inspiring and practical techniques to help the women leaders on your team gain more confidence and impact, Karin will work with you to get the message just right.

Karin draws on her depth of experience as an executive who’s also a mom growing emerging leaders. She’s made a significant impact in her work at Fortune 50 Verizon, and now in her work with leaders at all levels around the world. She shows up real and approachable, and as one recent women’s leadership conference participant put it, “I feel like I was listening to my best friend.”

Karin was recently recognized on Inc.’s 60 Great Business Books: All Written By Women as well as Inc.’s 100 Most Innovative Leadership Speakers.

“Karin is the perfect blend of authenticity and inspiration. Her insights are practical and presented in a manner that is engaging and entertaining. I know she renewed my perspective on what we have the ability to achieve in our organizations and our industry overall. While also providing an actual “how” to hit the ground running and apply what she shared.”

Sam Smeltzer, CEO & Creative Director, HR Development

Giving Back: The Winning Wells

When you book Karin or David we build a clean water well in your honor.

Let’s Grow Leaders is dedicated to giving back to the world. Our philanthropic campaign, Winning Wells, provides local village with an ample supply of clean water.

“The content perfectly aligned with our strategic priorities while also providing practical tips to bring into everyday work-life.”

Jane Miller, CEO LIly’s Sweets