Karen Smits is often invited to speak at conferences, corporate events and universities. Her presentations are informative, interactive, and inspiring. Grounded by academic research and personalized with real-life stories, Karen’s talks are always dynamic and tailor-made for the audience. Karen is an engaging speaker who truly connects with the public, and makes sure everyone leaves the room with a clear call to action.

Topics

Karen’s presentations are always related to culture and collaboration at work. Sometimes she delivers a talk about the challenges of culture in the organization, at other times she speaks about organizational change or rituals in the organization. Presentation topics are always defined in close cooperation with the client.

Karen can perform in Dutch, English, Spanish, and Portuguese. She had the privilege to speak at the following events: click here

SPEAKING ACTIVITIES KAREN SMITS

  • CUBO Talks – Sao Paulo, June 14 2016, Como a cultura pode acabar com seu projeto?
  • Project Management Institute Nuevo Cuyo Chapter Argentina, May 23 2016, La Cultura Organizacional – un aspecto esencial en la gestión de proyectos. Webinar with 50 attendees from Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico and Spain
  • Projectmanagement.com, May 12 2016, Corporate Culture in Project Management – A Collabyrinth. Webinar with over 900 attendees from all over the world.
  • Project Management Institute France Chapter – Lyon, April 28 2016, The Challenges of Culture in Project management
  • SPRI Basque Business Development, March 22 2016, El trabajo intercultural: un Collabyrinth
  • Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP), March 9 2016, Collabyrinth: Os desafios da Cultura em Projetos
  • Projectlab – São Paulo, December 8 2015, Collabyrinth: Colaboração em Projetos
  • 14th Seminar on Project Management (14SIGP), November 11 2015, Keynote: The Challenges of Culture in Project Management.
  • SIETAR Brasil, October 22-23 2015, Collabyrinth: Os desafios da cultura em Projetos.
  • SIETAR Argentina, September 24-25 2015, Workshop: Culture at Work: a Collabyrinth, Presentation: Trabajo Intercultural: Prácticas de Colaboración en la Ampliación del Canal de Panamá.
  • ProjectLab – Rio de Janeiro, August 17 2015, Os desafios da cultura em projetos.
  • ProjectLab – São Paulo, July 8 2015, Os desafios da cultura em projetos.
  • 9O Congresso Brasileiro de Gerenciamento de Projetos, November 24-25 2014, Dinâmica Culture in Project Management!
  • International Project Management Association (IPMA), International Congress, September 29 2014, Cultural practices of governing mega-projects: the case of the Panama Canal Expansion Project.
  • International Association of Dredging Companies, September 19 2014, Cross Cultural Collaboration: Practices of Collaboration in the Panama Canal Expansion Program
  • Project Management Institute, Change Management Community of Practice, August 5 2014, Cross Cultural Collaboration: Practices of Collaboration in the Panama Canal Expansion Program. Webinar with over 700 attendees from 35 countries.
  • TEDxPuntaPailtilla Panamá, May 28 2014, Culture at Work: A Collabyrinth.
  • Project Management Institute, Global Diversity Community of Practice, November 24 2013, Cross Cultural Collaboration: Practices of Collaboration in the Panama Canal Expansion Program. Webinar with over 600 attendees from all over the world.
  • Rotary Club Panamá Nordoeste, November 20 2013, La Colaboración Intercultural: un Colaberinto.
  • Rotary Club Panama Sur, November 19 2013, La Colaboración Intercultural: un Colaberint.
  • Project Management Institute Puerto Rico, National Congress, November 8 2013, Cross Cultural Collaboration: A Collabyrinth.
  • Project Management Institute Panama Chapter, National Congress, September 27 2013, La Colaboracion Intercultural: un Colaberinto.
  • Witteveen & Bos, the Netherlands, September 3 2013, Cross Culture Work.
  • Project Management Institute Netherlands Chapter, National Summit, June 13 2013, Cross Cultural Collaboration in the Panama Canal Expansion Program.
  • Project Management Institute Panama Chapter, April 16 2013, Colaboración Intercultural: Prácticas de Colaboración en la Ampliación del Canal de Panamá.
  • Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion, the Netherlands, October 19 2012, Cross-Culturele Complexiteit: Praktijken van Samenwerking in het Panama Canal Expansion Program.
  • Project Management Institute, Netherlands Chapter, Meeting, October 3 2012, Cultural Complexity in the Panama Canal Expansion Program.
  • National Project Academy, the Netherlands, June 21 2012, Culturele Complexiteit: Praktijken van Samenwerking in het Panama Canal Expansion Program.
  • Research Platform Project Management, the Netherlands, May 24 2012, Cross-Culturele Complexiteit: Praktijken van Samenwerking in het Panama Canal Expansion Program.
  • Dutch Ministry of Works and Water Management, the Netherlands, May 16 2012: Cross-Culturele Complexiteit: Praktijken van Samenwerking in het Panama Canal Expansion Program

ACADEMIC CONFERENCES

  • European Group for Organization Studies, Finland, July 6 2012, Practices of Collaboration in the Panama Canal Expansion Program: Finding Common Ground.
  • European Academy of Management, the Netherlands, June 8 2012, Collaboration in the Panama Canal Expansion Program: Diminishing Practices.
  • Making Projects Critical Workshop, United Kingdom, April 16 2012, Projects as Practice: Collaboration in the Panama Canal Expansion Program.
  • International Critical Management Studies Conference, Italy, July 2011, Collaboration in Infrastructural Mega Projects: Cultural Interfaces in the Panama Canal Expansion Program.
  • Annual Conference Multi-Organisational Partnerships, Alliances and Networks, Scotland, July 5 2011, Collaboration in Infrastructural Mega Projects: Cultural Interfaces in the Panama Canal Expansion Program.
  • European Academy of Management – Doctoral Colloquium, Estonia, June 1 2011, Collaboration in Infrastructural Projects; Cultural Interfaces in the Panama Canal Expansion Program.
  • European Academy of Management, Estonia, June 3 2011, Collaboration in Infrastructural Projects; Cultural Interfaces in the Panama Canal Expansion Program.
  • Fresh Perspectives: New Encounters, Amsterdam, September 16 2010, Collaboration in the Panama Canal Expansion Program: an Insight in the project participants’ perspective.
  • Latin American and European Meeting on Organizational Studies, Argentina, April 9 2010, transforming Public Values to Daily Practices in the Panama Canal Expansion Program
  • Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies, Mexico, December 2009, No Man Is an Island: Collaboration in the Panama Canal Expansion Program.
  • Fresh Perspectives, Amsterdam, November 14 2008, Collaboration in Infrastructure Projects.