Talks Testimonials

Charlotte HillKaren has been a fantastic supporter and Ambassador for UK Youth over the years. Each time she has spoken and presented at UK Youth events her input has been incredibly well received. Most recently at our “Young Parenthood” conference, Karen was incredibly well received and a very popular speaker. Her work on parenting is accessible to all and she delivers it in a friendly and approachable style. I hope the support she provides the charity and those we work with will continue for many years to come. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her for other speaking engagements or workshops.”

Charlotte Hill
CEO, UK Youth

Clarissa FarrKaren Doherty’s talk on healthy eating sent me straight home to sort out my own food cupboards.  Hummus and pepper strips have now replaced chocolate biscuits in my children’s diet at 4pm and we are all much happier as a result!”

Ms Farr
High Mistress, St Paul’s Girls’ School

Francis Holland School – Regent’s ParkThank you, Karen. What an enthusiastic and inspirational talk, touching upon some delicate areas in life. Your allowance for discussion and your sense of humour allowed everyone in the room to feel comfortable and confident, equipped to go home and deal with ‘teenage angst’. I also thoroughly enjoyed your website, and think it is a useful tool for any parent.”

Colette Mahieu
Pastoral Deputy Head, Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park

You have a very open, friendly and approachable style and you created a comfortable atmosphere in which parents weren’t ‘afraid’ to speak up and ask questions – even in the presence of the High Mistress!”

Miss Roberts
Event Organiser, St Paul’s Girls’ School

‘Your talk generated so much interest you have no idea. Wow! Mrs Popular!!’
Patricia Mitchell
Citigroup, London
‘I really enjoyed today’s talk. It is so much more meaningful hearing parenting advice from people who have raised a stack of kids (and also reassuring to hear that even the experts make mistakes). Thank you.’
Sian Fletcher
UBS, London
St Paul’s Girls’ School
‘Your address to the girls was huge fun and gave them much to reflect upon. Thank you so much. I hope it will be the start of many more talks to teenagers.’
Clarissa Farr
High Mistress

St Paul’s Girls’ School, London
Notting Hill Preparatory School
‘Your practical advice, humour and lightness of touch were the perfect ingredients for your hugely enjoyable talk. Parents clearly enjoyed the evening enormously. I received many grateful comments the next day. They really appreciated your helpful, practical tips and flexible approach.’
Jane Cameron
Founder and Headmistress
Notting Hill Preparatory School
The Acorn
‘I stood at the school door this morning and was heartened by the feedback I got from the parents, who thought your presentation was strong, feisty and engaging. For my part, I loved the evening, loved your presentation and above all, loved seeing you. The chatty anecdotes definitely bring the theory alive and they were hugely enjoyed by everyone, I only wish that we had had MORE TIME!’
Hilary Bierman
Joint Headmistress
Acorn Nursery School, London
Belmont Prep
‘I just wanted to say how much we appreciated your presentation on friendship issues. It had all the right ingredients of a good talk – practical advice, anecdotes and humour! Countless parents have told me how useful they found it and many have already put some of your strategies into place!’
Caroline Froud
Head of Lower School
Belmont Preparatory School, Mill Hill
Bowes Primary School
‘A big thank you for the talk about healthy food. The parents were really impressed. Here is some of their feedback: “Very reassuring”… “Brilliant insight”…. “Excellent practical and interesting tips that I can take away and use.” ’
Lyn Hobbs
Parent Support Advisor
Bowes Primary School, New Southgate
City of London School for Girls
‘THANK YOU for being so entertaining and for encouraging discussion – it was super. It was a wonderful combination of reassuring parents that they were using some appropriate strategies and also of introducing them to other approaches that they could use.’
Diana Vernon, Headmistress
City of London School for Girls
Holland Park Prep
‘Thank you sooooo much for a grrrrrrrrrreat presentation! It really felt like a close knit bunch of friends – thanks for making the atmosphere so relaxed and enjoyable. You are both dynamic and gorgeous, and informative in a way that people can understand – a rare combination, indeed!!’
Liz Carnicelli
PTA Chair
Holland Park Pre-Prep School and Day Nursery
Junior League of London
Karen led a fascinating discussion about parenting and child rearing. It was a lively and thought provoking. The event was a wonderful success!
Angela Grashoff
Junior League of London
Kensington and Chelsea Women’s Club
‘I was in a real parenting rut. Karen and Georgia’s workshop gave me the tools I needed to get out of it! Hearing them speak was an inspiration, with the added bonus that when I went on to read the book it was like I was reading a letter from two good friends. They are delightful, insightful ladies, full of friendly, practical advice and funny anecdotes. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with me. Our household is much more peaceful and happy as a result!’
Cory Ritchie
KCWC (Kensington and Chelsea Women’s Club)
Merchant Taylors’ School
‘Thank you again for two such wonderful talks. It was so lovely meeting you both and I can’t wait to read the next book!’
Joanne Powell
PTA Chair
Merchant Taylors’ School, Liverpool
‘Thank you very much for organising this event. It was absolutely brilliant.’
Goran Krajnovic
UBS, London
Winterfold House School
‘Thank you so much for the wonderful talk you gave last Thursday. The parents are still buzzing about it. They enjoyed the presentation immensely (as the laughter testified) but also found the advice you gave very helpful and have told me that they are already putting your tips into practice. I know that many of them bought both of your books and are avidly reading them and making notes!’
Bill Ibbetson-Price
Winterfold House School, Worcestershire

‘I just wanted to let you know that I have been positively evangelical about the talk and the book to everyone I‘ve seen since last night. Thank you for such an inspirational, fun and informative evening – I thoroughly enjoyed it. Please do keep me posted about any future events.’
Alison George
Sunday Express