Strength, Courage, Resilience

Master Storyteller

 

” Karen is a true SME champion and local business success story, but only after 25 years of hard work, determination and pivoting to realise her vision. An inspiring speaker with a deeply authentic story to share, Karen has a unique sense of self, loves a challenge (e.g. NY Marathon!) and will always over-deliver on anything she promises. “

Charles Fairlie, Publishing Inspiring SME CEO Stories (Club Seven CBD Ambassador)

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About Karen Lebsanft

Karen Lebsanft is a proud Burra Burra Woman, a community focused leader coming from nothing, forging through the challenges of loss, identity, break ups and break downs to eventually build a successful business that has allowed her to create life changing opportunities through holding belief.

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What is it about Karen Lebsanft?

Growing up in the housing commission blocks of inner Western Sydney, Karen Lebsanft possessed an incredible sense of belief.

It was this belief that gave Karen the strength, courage, resilience and determination to forge an amazing life. Overcoming significant challenges and obstacles, Karen built a successful business empire and now inspires and motivates through her real-life stories and experiences she shares with her audiences.

Having to navigate through a myriad of issues – personally, privately and professionally, Karen has experienced the greatest highs and unimaginable lows and yet, every time, she has continued, progressed and grown as a result of her belief in herself.

Karen’s journey took a completely unexpected and life changing turn with the incredible discovery of her indigenous ancestry and the remarkable parallels of her life and the life of her paternal Great Great Great Grandfather Murrandah. Over 200 years ago, Murrandah was honoured with a breastplate under the orders of Governor Lachlan Macquarie. Indigenous leaders were presented with these breast plates in colonial times as recognition of their leadership in the community. These leadership qualities that were so highly recognised in Murrandah, are very much evident throughout Karen’s life also.

Delivering a powerful and emotional experience that inspires, motivates, connects and engages with her audience, Karen creates life changing opportunities and shares real life, crucial messages and outcomes that resonate and relate to everyone regardless of their background, culture, colour or creed

Karen proves through a strong self-belief your future and destiny is yours to forge.

Six Most Popular Stories Karen Shares

Resilience
Confidence & Growth in Women
Murrandah My Indigenous Ancestor
Leadership
The Journey Of Success
Community, Culture & Connection

Resilience

Resilience comes from facing adversities in life – often more than once.

These resilient moments have the ability to drive you forward.

Karen shares her challenging moments in both her personal & professional life with a raw & open honesty that will leave you thinking you are capable of far more than you ever imagined.

 

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Confidence & Growth in Women

The belief that as women, we have to be the expectations of our parents, friends & family can often stifle our choices.

The inner drive is nestled deep within and it takes courage to release it.

Karen shares the moments her inner voice pushed her forward and pulled her back eventually leading her to honour her true self.

Her stories will inspire and motivate women to honour self-belief by looking inwardly.

 

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Murrandah

Murrandah is Karen’s Great, Great, Great Grandfather. A Burra Burra man that traversed the Gundagurra nation.

As a leader, a gorget was presented to Murrandah Chief of Burra Burra tribe from the Burragorang Valley area of colonial NSW around 1820. The gorget is located at the Camden Museum.

Murrandah was a fierce leader and a respected one. Karen’s journey is surreally parallel and continues to inspire both indigenous and non-indigenous communities.

 

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Leadership

What does leadership look like for you? Whether you believed you were “born to lead” or not Karen brings to life her journey of leadership.

“To be a leader is to empower”

As a respected community and business leader, her stories are real, peppered with experiences of resilience, confidence, challenges and successes to inspire you to lead forward.

 

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The Journey of Success

Building a team of two to a team of 35, from 30 packets per week to over 750,000 pieces per day, served by professional chefs across the nation, found in Australian pantries for over 20 years.

Karen shares the stories (not all pretty) as Co-founder and CEO of Kurrajong Kitchen, a proudly Australian made and owned product and business. Supporting Australian wheat farmers since 1993 with the intent to become an iconic brand manufactured in The Hawkesbury Region of NSW, Australia.

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Community, Culture & Connection

Community should never be taken for granted.

This was more evident during Covid 19 than any other time. The desire for connection drives community while culture empowers it.

Karen has long believed in the value a community brings, actively engaging in hers for many years.

She shares her journey of driving culture through communication, the benefits of creating purpose and the joys of bringing people together.

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