‘People won’t always remember what you said or did, but they will always remember how you made them feel’ – Maya Angelou
Redefine Your Purpose
What is your Why?
“I believe we all have a purpose on this earth, and mine was fortunately enough to play for my country for almost 18 years. So, waking up and understanding my why was easy, but since retiring the one question I ask myself is why am I here, what am I meant to do? That is something I always challenge people to answer. I believe that once you’ve been able to answer that question you are driven to do more so that every day you wake up being the best version of yourself. Giving 15 minutes more to something you’re passionate about is always easier once you know why you’re doing it.”
Inspire & Uplift
Karina LeBlanc moved to Maple Ridge British Columbia at age 8. Her early life was spent on a small island in the Caribbean and then she was thrust into a new country with different customs and culture. Karina was a smart, shy, misunderstood child with a vibrant personality buried within. It wasn’t until she met some local coaches who invited her the track and field club and basketball team that her confidence rose and allowed her personality to shine. Soon after others would also notice a change in her confidence. This confidence enabled Karina to pursue a college education, play soccer for her country for almost 18 years and further win a Bronze Medal at the Olympics in 2012.
After the World Cup in 2015 she finally decided it was time to hang up her cleats and explore her greater purpose. Being the longest standing soccer player of all time for Canada, (5 World Cups and 2 Olympic games), she would no longer be Karina LeBlanc the soccer player, but now Karina LeBlanc the person seeking to understand her new meaning in life. As Karina journeys through this new transition in life, she is rediscovering herself through others. For her, soccer was more than just a sport she played. It allowed her to gain confidence and realize that her voice is for a reason, which helped her become a UNICEF ambassador. Using her international career as a platform, she uses her experiences from her life and career to empower others and help them on their journey to being the best version of themselves.
Her energy is contagious and she loves to ensure that everyone around her truly enjoys what they’re doing. A motivational speaker, a broadcaster, a host (on air and in person) she can entertain and motivate any crowd, while including humour. She thrives on bringing the best out of people, getting them excited, and getting them involved in every aspect of what’s going on both on or off the field.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT KARINA
Christopher Ian Bennett, Vancouver Film School, TEDx Vancouver, The Fahmy Foundation
When the world literally watched her take the podium at the 2012 Olympics, I knew then it was only the beginning of a new career as a public leader and inspirational voice. Karina is a world-class speaker and on-stage personality that understands how to capture an audience unlike anyone I’ve ever worked with in 20 years. Whether she’s a UNICEF Ambassador or TED-Stage Power-Broker, Karina has an appeal that crosses cultural divides and excites everyone she meets. If you’re looking to create a transformational experience at your next event, Karina is someone you should connect with first. She’s a champion, and I like champions...
Jill Earthy, FrontFundr
We had the pleasure of working with Karina as the MC of a large scale conference involving a variety of generations. Her energy, wit and ability to adapt on the fly were essential elements for the success of the conference. Karina was a dream to work with, and she was THE key ingredient to ensuring a fun and impactful event.
Wesley Ollson, TEDxVancouver
As the host of TEDxVancouver 2017, Karina brought an enthusiasm and energy to the stage that one would expect from someone who had spent a lifetime speaking in front of a live audience and a multitude of cameras. Her professionalism and experiences as a professional athlete brought a perspective that augmented the abilities of the TEDxVancouver team, and inspired us to deliver a world-class show. Karina showed an amazing ability to capture synergies between the theme and our speakers talks, which bridged the gaps in the program, captivated the audience, and had them hanging on her every word. Never mind the fact she received a standing ovation during the first 10 minutes of the days' program! Thank you, Karina!
Whitney Stanford TEDxVancouver
Karina joining the TEDxVancouver team was such a delight. She is a natural professional and brought a priceless energy and enthusiasm to everything she did as part of the team, from photo shoots to team meetings, to actually hosting the event. Nothing veered Karina off track, she was focused and even with her crazy schedule, was still able to not only keep all the balls in the air, but also KILL it in her role. She is a true professional with an added bonus of fun and spunk that made working with her such a pleasure.
Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
Karina was an excellent host and facilitator at our annual We For She gender equality event (November 17, 2017) where we had over 800 students and 500 business leaders in attendance. She was charismatic and her positive energy was infectious in keeping the crowd engaged and entertained. Karina was inspirational, relatable, and extremely supportive with encouraging our guests to step out of their comfort zones and be bold to make changes!
Ashley Milbury, The Minerva Foundation
Karina LeBlanc is truly an inspiration. She generously offered the keynote address at Minerva BC’s Learning to Lead™ program in May. 50 grade 11 girls gathered from across the province to explore their leadership potential over three days. Karina’s motivating energy and message served as the perfect kickoff to the weekend. She spoke with passion about her life experience and impressed the importance that each of us find our “why.” She encouraged us all to get really clear on who we are and rock it like no one else can! Many of our participants said that Karina’s presentation was their favourite part of the program. I would enthusiastically recommend Karina as a speaker if you want to inspire and energize your audience! She is truly a force.
Julius Van Wyk, Good Samaritan Society
Karina’s message was inspiring and motivating. She makes you reflect on what you do and can achieve in your life.
The Good Samaritan Society
Having Karina speak at our charity event was a great experience. She was able to connect with the audience using emotion and humor, and her incredible stories of perseverance and triumph will have you reflecting on your life, passions, and purpose.
Devin S Ragwen
I would like to let you know what a pleasure it was to have Karina LeBlanc be the keynote speaker at our corporate event on May 17th, 2017. Karina and assistant were professional, pleasant and easy to work with. With regards to the topic she chose, Karina was able convey such emotion and inspiration to the audience that there were no dry eyes in the audience. The testament to her popularity was the line up of attendees that wanted to take a selfie with her. Karina left such a positive impression that I had two attendees come to me afterwards to let me know that, for them, Karina's talk was truly life changing and that they will be going back home with a different view on life. I would highly recommend Karina LeBlanc to anyone who is looking for a speaker that is able to connect with an audience with joy, energy, laughter and inspiration. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you would like additional details.
Dawn Simons, Wilfrid Laurier University
Karina LeBlanc is a dynamic, engaging speaker that we felt very lucky to have on stage for the 2017 Outstanding Women of Laurier fundraiser. Her keynote presentation (“Purposeful Living”) received very positive reviews and truly resonated with the audience. Every single attendee was actively engaged throughout the keynote and enjoyed being challenged to live their next 48 hours purposefully. During her very lively, energizing session, Karina shared impactful experiences and a unique perspective on internal motivation that was very moving for all guests, from student athletes to working professionals. Laurier Athletics would highly recommend Karina for any keynote speaking opportunity.
Fred Armstrong, City of Maple Ridge
Karina is a force of nature. Her authentic message of dreaming big, empowerment of youth and positivity brought so much energy to our event. Her ability to be in the moment and reinforce messages from the speakers she introduced helped make our BC Summer Games announcement an outstanding success. Everyone in the audience was engaged, smiling and full of energy due to Karina’s story, her energy and her million watt smile.
Kyla Edwards, Sysco Canada
Karina is unbelievable!! She is so generous with her time, so genuine and down to earth. Multiple participants mentioned that she was the best speaker they have ever heard at any conference. She made an immeasurable impact on all participants and will be fondly remembered always.
Jeff Jacobson, Jeff Jacobson Agency
Karina Leblanc is a phenomenal speaker but more importantly, a phenomenal person. She tries to make every engagement a win-win for all parties involved, works hard to prepare a custom talk for each group and takes extra time at every event to make sure she's directly engaging with delegates. She almost always gets a standing ovation, and many of the standing have tears in their eyes. I look forward to working with her for years to come.
Karina’s message of sport as a tool for social acceptance in her youth is a wonderful fit for KidSport’s mission of removing barriers from sport participation. Her unbridled enthusiasm for sport and her obvious passion for “infecting” others with that same love of sport made her a huge hit at our annual KidSport volunteer forum. She speaks from the heart and is able to make a unique connection to her audience….more a conversation than presentation; and this is what endears her to those who hear her message. We all see a bit of ourselves in Karina and she makes us all feel that we too can accomplish great things. We are proud to call Karina a much valued member of Team KidSport.
Kelli Horstman Mungin
Thanks for being such an inspiration to me and many others!!!
KK has such an incredible presence on camera (never had the pleasure to meet her in person) very inspiring we need to see more of these women in our daily lives. I dislike role model as a descriptor because that sounds so static and frozen but our young people need to see these women who have made sacrifices for their sport achieved recognition then use it wisely.
You're amazing, Karina!!!
Kim Eckerman Lytle
Great interview and fantastic points made! I want my aspiring soccer daughter to be able to watch women's soccer on TV just like we can watch men's. She needs to view these amazing female athletes playing their game.
This is a fabulous interview. Thanks for doing it and sharing it. Sometimes life brings us something useful at just the right time and hearing you speak about purpose and being your best self is something really helpful to me right now.
Fun to watch you getting love from the fans...still a huge favorite here in the Rose City, KK!
Had a a great time at camp this week with an amazing last day training with Karina LeBlanc.