Speaking + Training

High-energy. Relatable. Research-based.

Workshop Teaching

Need an energetic speaker for an upcoming event or meeting? Want me to deliver a marriage workshop for couples at your church? A conflict resolution training for your work team? I strive to pack every presentation with approachable, research-based content, tangible tools, and amusing anecdotes. I also consult and work on contract projects in the field of relationship education. 

Sampling of Past Presentations:

  • a podcast interview on relationship maintenance in the pandemic
  • a talk on couples conflict for a local MOPS group
  • a facilitation training for women’s Bible study leaders
  • a conflict resolution skills training for charter school teachers + administrators.
  • a podcast interview about marriage, conflict + entrepreneurship
  • a session on effective communication for women’s retreat attendees
  • an advanced mediation training for university resident assistants
  • a guest lecture on relationship education + entrepreneurship

I have had the pleasure of training and speaking for almost a thousand participants over the years through a variety of local organizations, such as El Centro College, Head Start, Southern Methodist University, Stonebriar Community Church, Texas Woman’s University, Uplift Education, and Weber State University. 

Sessions on effective communication, conflict resolution, marriage prep/enrichment, and relationship dynamics can be tailored to your group or company’s specific needs and interests.



“You are an incredible speaker! ❤️ and your info was so relevant!!!


“​Communicating has always been a problem for me in a relationship because I am an explosive person. I cannot hold it in and when I let everything out, I don’t think clearly…Being aware of the way I word things has made such a big difference. When hurt, I would aim to cut with my words. Respecting my partner and remembering that I am bringing him down helps me contain myself even if I am hurt. I also became a better listener and allow him to talk before responding or trying to defend myself.

Tailored Training

“Kara partnered with me on a training session on Conflict Mediation for Resident Assistants. Given Kara’s background, she was easily able to draw parallels that the RAs could connect with in conflicts they would encounter among their residents. Through the preparation and session, I appreciated her professionalism and the rapport she developed with her audience.

Teacher Workshop

​“I’ll take away the techniques. I also benefited a lot from hearing other teachers speak about issues and hearing Kara talk through best approaches.”

Active Listening

“My takeaway is to be an active listener and not be so quick to give a rebuttal.”

Role Play

“We learned techniques that will help to diffuse difficult situations such as validating and seeking to understand…I enjoyed the role play with a partner because it allowed me to hear and watch how other people would respond to a situation. I am going to take away owning some part of an issue.