Trainer Bio

Kari Knutson, MA

Kari Knutson, MA, is a native of Colorado and an educational professional with more than 23 years of experience in K-12, higher education environments, as well as state governments and community organizations. She is an educator, professional trainer and speaker, counselor, coach, and performer, and helps take psychology “off the couch” and bring it to the people. Kari is an expert in the field of emotional intelligence (EQ) and human development. Her speaking and training work is focused on helping people transform their organizations through developing interpersonal skills and bridging cultural and communication divides.

Her coaching focuses on two topics: Emotional Intelligence and Better Public Speaking. For people who are invested in improving their Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Kari helps clients learn and apply techniques for self-awareness and self-regulation as well as how to use EQ to communicate more effectively and intentionally. She also offers coaching to those who would like to improve their public speaking with the on-stage skills, tools, and confidence; making the content of presentations more accessible, interesting, and dynamic; or maximizing the impact of visual presentations.

In addition to her work as a counselor, coach, and professional trainer and speaker, Kari is also a performer. She wrote, directed, and stars in a one-woman storytelling show called “Ain’t Never Met a Stranger: Stories From the Passenger Seat.” This show is all about our human connection and the ridiculous, wonderful, touching, complex, funny, and beautiful ride of life.