Take a peek at the introduction to Hitting Our Stride: Women, Work and What Matters or listen to the intro and first chapter narrated by the author, Karel Murray.
What others are saying…
“You have a unique gift in your approach, sharing life stories and reminding us all that we take life’s situations too seriously. Your message is one that participants can apply to life. You gave us the insight to value our “circumstances” rather than perceiving ourselves as victims.”
Christie Milligan, Skiff Medical Center
“So many women could relate to you. Karel is true in everything she says. Her story telling is unique and humorous. I strongly believe that everyone needs a taste of Karel Murray!”
Dana Hurst, Nebraskaland Bank
“Karel was very skilled in using a balance of humor to keep the audience alert and interested while delivering the purpose of the message. Her humor was good natured and pointed at her personal foibles.”
James R. Scharff, PhD, Iowa Association of School Business Officials
“Something different in a common life!”
Catalin Aoostandei, Zurich National
“Karel is one of the most engaging and energizing speakers I’ve seen. She is brilliant at using humor to convey her messages. She has the ability to make everyone in the room feel like she is talking to THEM! I know that everyone I spoke to thought Karel is wonderful and relates on either a personal or professional level to the topics she presents.”
Rosalyn Lorenz, President, Cedar Falls Business & Professional Women
“What a “hoot”, great ideas presented in a way anyone can relate to! Thanks!
Thank you for making me laugh so much!”
“This is exactly what I needed, as there are some changes in coming in my life.”
“Your energy, enthusiasm and humor has given me a new spirit for tomorrow.”
“With humor, enthusiasm and storytelling, Karel tells you to accept who you are and to follow your dreams. She is a great role model for women.
Deb Kougias, AVP Mount Vernon Bank and Trust
“You talk about life and how you can over come it. What ever you want out of life, go for it! You are the only one that can make your life work.”
“It really made you stop and rethink what you are doing with your life. You can do anything you set your mind to.”
“Very enlightening. Real world, personal examples we can all relate to!”
Rose Slaymaker, VP Nemec, Inc.
“Very uplifting. Makes you feel powerful to meet whatever comes your way!”
Terresa Saxon, St. Lukes
“So many things you said are mirrored in my own life. I know now that I can’t wait for others to make me happy – that’s my responsibility.”
Sandra Jirele, Express Personnel
“She made my laugh, made me cry. Karel truly made me connect with myself.
Angie Horeys, Express Personnel
“It makes you feel better to hear the humorous side of life. Sometimes you just need to laugh at yourself and Karel let’s you know its OK to do this!”
“I was touched by how she shared personal stories, including painfully poignant ones. I admire her courage to be a strong and emotional woman. What a wonderful role model for women today.”
“What a wonderful way to make someone bring an enthusiastic view to the everyday real world. Thanks!”
”Karel touched my heart, my soul. She shared with us deeply, truly, and with humor and deep emotion. She showed us that you can play the game without forsaking your integrity.”
“Karel’s humor during some of life’s disappointing moments was very inspiring.”
“She is a great example of overcoming obstacles and keeping your values and integrity.”
“Funny, motivational, worldly – GAVE ME A NEEDED KICK IN THE BUTT!”
Lynette Turri, Century 21 Town & Country
“Karel challenges me to think and inspires me to re-think!”
Sherry Padavich, owner, RE/MAX Cedar Valley
“Karel is real and unintimidated! She presents real stories of real people! She’s genuine!”
Luann Alemao, Alemao & Associates
“Karel gave me the motivation to stop feeling sorry and stressed about the difficulties in my life and move on and step out of comfort zone to accomplish something remarkable!”
Deanne Ubben, UNI
“Karel’s energy is infectious! She is a fabulous storyteller and will leave you laughing. Her life lessons are memorable.
“Using humor and practical examples, Karel inspired one to look at life on a personal level and see the remarkable possibilities we posses and the commitment it takes to obtain your goals. The time flies, it’s so interesting!”
“Very inspirational, funny and thought provoking. A lot of good information and useful. Humorous, lots of fun.”
“The stories told by Karel about her life through her humor made you laugh and relate to my own life as if Karel was my next door neighbor!”
“Makes you look at yourself and the choices you make and why.”
Peggy Demkiea, Heartland Midwest Management