This page is intended to provide examples of what Karris can prepare for your event. It is not a comprehensive list of Karris' speaking engagements and topics. If your event will take place in Iowa's greater Cedar Valley area, please include the information in your request.
Karris is a skilled presenter and has experience working with groups of all sizes; her largest audience included more than 34,000 people. Karris works with event organizers to develop presentations tailored to meet the specific needs of your group or organization. Her presentations often include Power Point and other multimedia tools. Possible topics include but are not limited to leadership; crisis communications; inclusivity and diversity; identity shaping; empowerment; and finding balance. Karris' audiences have included children, teens, young adults, women of all ages, gatherings for people of color and events for senior citizens.
To contact Karris about designing a presentation for your event, click here. Pricing is determined by content, audience size, geographical proximity and other requirements of your event.
Culture Cues: Effective Workplace Communication in a Pluralistic Society, Waterloo, Iowa Continuing education event for business leaders and human resource professionals Audience Size: 40
Karris developed an interactive, multimedia presentation that emphasized best practices, communication guidelines and other tools essential to developing an inclusive, collaborative work culture.
Harlem Renaissance, Waverly, Iowa Community education program Audience size: 45 Karris developed four, two-hour, multimedia programs on the Harlem Renaissance or "New Negro Movement." The programs included: introduction, overview and history; musicians and entertainers; literature; and the visual arts. Karris selected the theme and submitted a class proposal to the Keep on Learning selection committee. After the session was approved, Karris provided participants with a comprehensive introduction to this part of U.S. history and culture. She also followed up with interested participants who requested a reading list facilitated a related book discussion group for one year afterward.
A College Communicators Guide to Inclusive Writing, Denver, Colo. Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, District VI conference Audience size: 60 CASE is an international organization for advancement, alumni relations and communication and marketing professionals who work for educational institutions. Karris developed a one-hour, interactive multimedia workshop presentation for this event. Karris selected the topic and submitted a proposal to conference organizers. The presentation included stylistic guidelines and advice for unbiased, inclusive institutional writing. She made her presentation available for participants to adapt for use at their institutions.
Grow in Faith, San Antonio, Texas Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE), EvangelicalLutheranChurch in America Audience size: 1,000 MYLE is a precursor to the ELCA Triennial Youth Gathering, the world's largest church-based youth event. Karris developed a keynote program based on a predetermined theme provided by the hosting organization. The overall event theme, "La Luz: The Light Shines on for MYLES," included four sub-themes. Karris' theme was "Growth," and she created her 20-minute multimedia keynote address around that theme, tying together biblical themes and passages, personal stories and other information.
Longfellow Elementary Fifth-Grade Graduation, Waterloo, Iowa Audience size: 400 This event is designed to recognize students' accomplishments at this culturally diverse, urban school. Karris served as keynote speaker for the event and was asked to prepare a presentation that would make the students feel empowered, capable and motivated. Her message also had to resonate with parents, teachers and other community members in attendance.
Finding Peace, Iowa Women of the ELCA annual event, Waverly, Iowa Audience size: 250 (total) Karris prepared a 70-minute workshop, which she presented twice at this event. The multimedia, interactive program she prepared was geared toward "women who do too much." Karris offered tips, tools and resources to help attendees maintain a healthy balance and take time for themselves. (Karris has also researched and written extensively on this topic.)
Power of the Pen, Atlanta, Georgia Multicultural Youth Leadership Event Audience size: 100 (total) Karris developed a one-hour workshop, which she presented twice during the event. Organizers asked her to create a presentation for high school-aged youth of color interested in careers in the media, particularly different types of writing. Her multimedia, interactive workshop offered resources, tools and tips for attendees.
Germany Travelogue, Cedar Falls, Iowa Audience size: 50 For this presentation for a senior citizens group, Karris prepared and presented a 30-minute multimedia presentation that included photos, historical information and anecdotes from her July 2006 trip to Reformation sites in Germany.
Otherness, Or Once Upon a Time When We Were Mulattoes, Waverly, Iowa Audience size: 50 Karris' presentation was part of a yearlong diversity luncheon series for college faculty and professionals. She was allowed to select her topic, providing that it pertained to issues of diversity. Karris designed a 30-minute multimedia, interactive presentation to introduce attendees to issues surrounding bi- and multiracial/multiethnic otherness.