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“I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.”

- E. B. White


Meet Karli Johnson


As a nationwide speaker, educator, and storyteller on violence prevention, Karli Johnson not only "knows her stuff", she's lived it. As a survivor of trauma and violence, Karli's lived experiences resonate with children, teens and adults about the country. With a focus on children and young adults, Karli uses humor and audience participation to engage crowds with these challenging topics. Based out of the Chicagoland area, Karli highlights the topics parents, teachers and bosses don't talk about.

Her mission is simple: preventing violence through education, one story at a time.


TEDX TALK SPEAKER

Karli presented at TedxNIU in April of 2016

Anti-Violence
CONSULTANT

Karli has worked with a number of businesses, schools and organizations as a consultant and trainer on power-based violence.


STORYTELLER

Karli has been featured in numerous storytelling events in Chicago, such as Do Not Submit and Here, Chicago.



Karli is a survivor of Power-Based-Personal Violence, including bullying & sexual harassment, dating violence and sexual violence. Unfortunately, her education experience was similar to that of other students in the United States. These alarming statistics illustrate the dangers for all ages of students.
Her mission is to change that.

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“Between 1 in 4 and 1 in 3 U.S. students say they have been bullied at school”

- National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics

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“1 in 3 adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.”

- The National Council on Crime and Delinquency Focus

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“1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men will be sexually assaulted on a college campus.”

- Justice Department’s Nation Institute of Justice


Career

Farm Worker. Florist. Tailor. Event Coordinator. Nanny. Telemarketer. Movie Extra. Mascot. Account Executive.

Karli has worked a variety of jobs, starting at the age of thirteen. From her first job on an asparagus farm to working with million dollar marketing clients, Karli's career as a successful speaker didn't happen over night. After completing her Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies from Northern Illinois University, Karli worked as an Account Executive for an advertising and marketing firm near Chicago. After working on a project that required hundreds of dollars to Photoshop models, Karli knew the advertising field wasn't for her. After years of involvement in the Women's Rights Alliance club in college, Karli looked for a career and position in which she could empower women, instead of Photoshop them.

For two and a half years Karli worked at Illinois's largest rape crisis center as a Prevention Educator and Victim Advocate. She presented bullying, stranger danger, dating violence and sexual violence prevention programs to thousands of students, simultaneously working with sexual assault victims in hospitals and hotlines. Presentation after presentation, Karli started to realize that students wanted to hear from real life victims and survivors. She decided in order to make the biggest impact, students needed to hear these facts from someone who experienced it. In March of 2015 she left her full-time roll as a rape-crisis educator and advocate to start her business, Karli Educates, LLC.

TRAINING

40 Hour Domestic Violence Crisis Intervention Training.

40 Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Training.

20-Hours Partner Abuse Facilitator Training.

Green Dot Bystander intervention Instructor Certification.

Youth mental health first aid certification.

EDUCATION

Masters of Science in Education, Women's and Gender Studies & Law and Women Graduate Certificates,

Bachelor of Arts in Communication & Media Studies from Northern Illinois University


Nationwide Speaker

New York City, Las Vegas, Chicago, Portland, San Diego, Austin, Fresno, Miami, Los Angeles, Detroit, San Antonio, Sacramento, Phoenix, Tampa


PREVENTION EDUCATOR

Karli has been a successful leader in violence prevention and promotion for over six years. Today she travels the country educating children, teens and adults on the importance of violence awareness and prevention. With a focus on adolescents, Karli's unique approach emphasizes personal connection with her listeners through stories, humor, discussions, audience participation and action plans. Karli shares her personal tragedies and triumphs, as well as violence prevention education methods. Based out of the Chicagoland region, Karli has presented to military groups, businesses, worldwide corporations, local organizations and thousands of students, from elementary school to colleges across the country.


More Projects & Programs


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keynotes

Karli offers a number of keynote speeches for events, rallies, marches, graduations, conferences, and schools.

Butterfly Effect

keynote

All Ages: Focusing on High School and College Students: The butterfly effect is a term used in chaos theory, a way of describing how life is impossible to predict because of the unknown variables that occur during our lifetime. Karli speaks on her "Butterfly Effects" and how they got her into her career. This presentation is great motivation for high school and college students unsure about the next steps in their future. 

Chaos Theory. Career Counseling. Trauma. Sexual Assault. Youth Issues. College. Friends. Graduation Speech.

Forward together

keynote

All Ages - This presentation revolves around tragedy, inspired by the 2008 campus shooting on Northern Illinois University, Karli speaks on how we move forward, together. 

Tragedy. Trauma. Mental Health. Family. Friends. Support Services. 

everyday victim

keynote

All Ages: Karli isn’t your typical anti-violence keynote speaker. She doesn’t have one crazy, unbelievable story. She wasn’t kidnaped, or beaten, and she didn’t lose a family member to this violence.

“I’m just your everyday victim, sharing everyday stories and experiences of violence.”

Karli shares her personal stories and experiences with power-based-personal violence through a powerful collection of stories and education on different types of violence.

Sexual Violence. Domestic Violence. Harassment. Bullying. Victim blaming. trauma.


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educational programs

Karli offers classroom and assembly educational programs for students of all ages.

I Pooped my Pants

Tedx Talk, Keynote, and educational program

ALL AGES: Inspired by her 2016 TEDx Talk, Karli shares the hilarious story of when she pooped her pants in high school. It was out of her control. It wasn't her fault. It's something that happens to a lot of people, so why are we so embarrassed? Why is it so wrong? Why is it something that no one talks about? Just like being a victim of Power-based-violence.

Karli aims to educate her audiences on the importance of believing victims and not defining them by a experience that was out of their control.

Humor, poop jokes, bullying, harassment, dating violence, sexual violence, Trauma.

Bully Buddy

Book & Keynote

Prompt visitors to click on the Form Block button below by giving an exciting overview of your event or idea. In addition to listing details, you can motivate your readers by talking about the benefits they’ll receive.

How to pick up partners

Educational program

Prompt visitors to click on the Form Block button below by giving an exciting overview of your event or idea. In addition to listing details, you can motivate your readers by talking about the benefits they’ll receive.


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trainings & workshops

Karli offers professional trainings for parents, businesses, organizations, teachers, advocates, law enforcement, military, cosmetologist, and other professionals.

Karli offers a number of workshops for survivors, students, advocates, speakers, and groups.


#Metoo year 10

ProfesSional training

All Ages: Prompt visitors to click on the Form Block button below by giving an exciting overview of your event or idea. In addition to listing details, you can motivate your readers by talking about the benefits they’ll receive.

Purple scissors

cosmetology traing

Prompt visitors to click on the Form Block button below by giving an exciting overview of your event or idea. In addition to listing details, you can motivate your readers by talking about the benefits they’ll receive.

blackout poetry

workshop

All Ages: Prompt visitors to click on the Form Block button below by giving an exciting overview of your event or idea. In addition to listing details, you can motivate your readers by talking about the benefits they’ll receive.


One speech or program is never the same.

Custom keynotes, educational programs, trainings and workshops can be requested.