Karen Phillips – loud and proud born and bred Gold Coaster

An entrepreneur, author, media commentator and CEO, Karen has worked with some of the world’s most prestigious brands, identities and Heads of State.

Between running her bespoke communications agency which she launched at just 28 and her media and professional speaking commitments, she is Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Women and founder of the Women in Business Awards of Australia which celebrate the achievements of women in cities and regional areas. The Awards are now in their fourth year on the Gold Coast.

With a passion for mentoring youth, she developed Australia’s first Empowering Young Women Program, a free mentoring event for grade 11 school girls and provides unwavering support to community groups such as Rotary youth leadership courses.

Karen is highly focused on giving back, and has assisted raise over $2million for charities. She’s been a board member of the Gold Coast Community Fund for the past 10 years and this year has been appointed as an Ambassador for the City’s Vinnies CEO Sleep out as well as emceeing many of the City’s biggest fundraisers.

With hundreds of high profile events across Australia under her belt, she’s managed and hosted one of Australia’s longest-running women’s business clubs, the iconic Early Risers on the Gold Coast for over 22 years. Interviewing over 700 celebrities, icons and inspiring leaders including names like Jane Fonda, Ray Martin, former Prime Ministers, she’s even sung with Olivia Newton-John!

She is author of the highly acclaimed best-selling book ‘Women’s Words of Wisdom, Power & Passion’ featuring inspiring insights from 50 iconic Australian women which was launched by the then Governor-General Quentin Bryce at Government House to celebrate the centenary of International Women’s Day and is currently working on the second edition of Women’s Words.

She’s made a name for herself as one of Australia’s most sought after speakers and trainers, working with some of Australia’s top shelf companies including Qantas, CBA, Westpac, Queensland Government and Australian Federation of Air Pilots. With a key focus on the ‘power of connecting’, Karen also speaks on ‘The Power of Purpose’ after
surviving a near-death fall in which she broke her back and sustained serious injuries.

Her journey has inspired thousands to live a bigger life.

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