About Karen Post

A branding enthusiast, serial entrepreneur, and resilient businesswoman.

Karen Post loves to present high-energy programs on branding, entrepreneurship and personal power. She shares knowledge, delivers meaningful content and inspires action. If you need a power-house speaker for your next event, give Karen a call.


For more than 30 years, Karen Post has been developing solutions and implementing methods that make things happen. She started her first business at the age of 22, and built two successful companies: an award-winning ad agency and a legal communication firm specializing in high-stakes litigation that she led for over twenty years.

Her life and business journey has included ups and downs, victories and defeats all adding to her success and unique experience-rich perspective.

Since 2000, she has led Brain Tattoo Branding, a firm that provides creative and strategic services to start, grow, and manage brands. Karen is a sought after speaker, who addresses global audiences, and is proud to have been the first female American speaker to address the Saudi Arabian Airlines national conference in 2011.

In 2006, she launched Brain Tattoo Publishing, an online enterprise for creatively-charged entrepreneurs, business professionals and marketers that now produces digital learning tools in niche markets.

Throughout her career, her work has benefited diverse industries, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies including: ACNielsen, Celanese, Choice International, Cox Cable and Media, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Chevron, Johnson & Johnson, Bank of America, Xerox, Sara Lee, Pepsi, and Procter & Gamble along with many emerging businesses, trade associations, professional athletes, entertainers, and politicians.

She’s unorthodox, optimistic, intense, spontaneous and full of wit.

Karen makes people confront comfort zones in a healthy way. She challenges conventional thinking and opens minds to new possibilities. “Can’t be done” is not in her vocabulary. She gets excited about what does not work and lives by the mantra “No risk. No nothing.”

As a business, branding speaker, Karen brings energy and expertise to meetings.

  • Delivering branding, marketing and business keynotes
  • Facilitating branding and strategic planning sessions
  • Conducting interactive workshops
  • Moderating panel discussions
  • Giving commencement addresses
  • And serving as master of ceremonies

As a motivation speaker, Karen brings inspiration and empowerment to meetings.

  • Delivering keynotes personal power, over coming obstacles, change and finding your path
  • Giving commencement addresses
  • And serving as master of ceremonies

Karen has been a regular contributor to Fastcompany.com and has been featured branding expert in over 300 business and marketing print, broadcast, and online media outlets. Her writing about small business, branding, advertising, marketing and social media is published internationally.

Karen has authored two marketing and branding books, her latest is Brand Turnaround: How Brands Gone Bad Returned to Glory… and the 7 Game Changers that Made the Difference (McGraw-Hill). Her first book Brain Tattoos: Creating Unique Brands That Stick in Your Customers’ Minds (AMACOM) was published in the United States and in Korea.

Karen helps organizations excel through distinct brands and personal power. Her keynotes inspire, her workshops empower, and her facilitation sessions stimulate innovation and release bottled-up ideas for action.

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Background, beliefs and brutal truths

  • Karen was born in Buffalo, New York.
  • She attended Mayfield High School in Western Kentucky.
  • Her first job was removing hot hockey pucks that were just silk screened off a conveyer belt.
  • She left college early to start her first business in 1982.
  • She was a visual merchandiser for several years before starting her ad agency and still views many business and personal impressions and touch points as window displays.
  • Throughout her career she has held many leadership positions with nonprofit boards and has supported many worthy causes.

Her core beliefs include:

  • As individuals and businesses we are responsible for our actions and control 98% of our destinies and outcomes.
  • Success is a journey. Happiness is a choice. If these two outcomes are not what you want, take action and make changes.

Favorite non-work activities:

Playing tennis, enjoying comedy, live music and music videos, reading, watching great movies, contributing to local economies via shopping and vegging out at the spa.

A few of her heroes include:

Abe Lincoln, who shares her birthday; Norm Post, her late dad; Diana Marshall, her mentor; Steve Jobs, Mark Cuban, Seth Godin and Madonna.

Favorite Movies:

Good Will Hunting, A Beautiful Mind, Seabiscuit, Garden State, Finding Neverland, Elizabethtown, and Big Fish.

Two scariest events:

  1. Performing stand up for the first time at the Improv Comedy Theater in Tampa, FL.
  2. Taking her car out on the Sebring racetrack with 200 other Porsches.

Most embarrassing event:

Due to the 2-bag limit, wore her cow costume to board a Southwest plane to avoid missing her flight.

Biggest biz thrill:

  • Raising money for a start up.
  • Getting my first book deal with an international publisher.
  • Sharing the stage with Magic Johnson, Marlo Thomas and Apprentice producer, Mark Burnett.
  • Appearing on the Reuters Jumbotron in Time Square
  • Being in the Wall Street Journal
  • Speaking in Saudi Arabia as the first woman presenter to the national airlines

What really annoys Karen:

  • Being on hold with tech support
  • Buying fruit at the store, and getting home to find it’s awful
  • Encountering containers you can’t open
  • People or animals that whine
  • Screaming kids that are not related to her
  • Bad design
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