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Curiosity as a weapon

Karen Oldhoven

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Enthusiastic Master of Ceremony that brings high level events to life with connectivity, interaction and a dash of humor.

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5 out of 5 stars

Karen moderated the European Commission's high level conference on critical raw materials in November 2022. She prepared herself well, ensuring that she understood the client's needs. On the day, she was calm, poised and empathetic as moderator. I would definitely recommend Karen for future events.

Head of Unit DG Grow, European Commission See all references

Why you should book Karen Oldhoven for your next event

  • Experience with High-Level guests: Karen hosted events featuring ministers, heads of states and business leaders, showcasing professionalism and grace on the global stage.
  • Genuine connection through interaction: Fostering genuine connections by encouraging interaction among attendees, bringing enthusiasm, humor and clever wordplay to create an engaging atmosphere.
  • Deep Dive Study: Each event is a “deep dive” study, exploring the heart of the matter and as a moderator she asks the question behind the question.
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Karen Oldhoven is a boundary-pushing Master of Ceremony, Public Speaker, Personal Brand entrepreneur and Advocate for women from the Netherlands. Born in a village in the eastern part of the country, she embodies a rare combination of enthusiasm, optimism and passion for adventure, earning her the nickname "The enthusiastic whirlwind." Her international journey began at the age of twenty, working in Los Angeles, followed by thirteen years of diverse roles in media at companies including JCDecaux and DPG Media. 

Why you should book Karen Oldhoven for your next event

  • Experience with High-Level guests: Karen hosted events featuring ministers, heads of states and business leaders, showcasing professionalism and grace on the global stage.
  • Genuine connection through interaction: Fostering genuine connections by encouraging interaction among attendees, bringing enthusiasm, humor and clever wordplay to create an engaging atmosphere.
  • Deep Dive Study: Each event is a “deep dive” study, exploring the heart of the matter and as a moderator she asks the question behind the question.

During the pandemic, Karen Oldhoven started as a Personal Brand entrepreneur, became a Master of Ceremony and Moderator where she presented within four years high level events for the European Commission, SolarPower Europe and worked for clients such as Google, Porsche, Vertis Environmental Finance, Tata Steel, European Shippers Council, Amsterdam University and more.

She is an enthusiastic, well-prepared to perfection personality who, above all, is energized and committed to creating a positive impact that sets people into motion.

When you book Karen for your event, know that she’ll deep dive into the topic as if it’s a study. She is interested in the human aspect and people’s stories: Who are you, what are your motivations, goals, actions and when it comes to conferences, her starting point is at all times: “What are the needs and wishes of the client? What’s in it for the audience, what does the audience hope to hear? What do you want your guests to go home with?”

Positive change with a focus to awaken and inspire people, that’s what Karen stands for. Honest connection through interaction with an intrinsic interest in asking the question behind the question. With a dash of humor and always some clever wordplay.

Through vast experience and a lot of (solo) traveling, she gradually discovered her USP: time and again she proved to be able to uncover the core of their existence with professionals and students. Using her curiosity as a great weapon, she went on that fascinating quest with the people she guided: who are you and especially, what do you want in your career?

As a Master of Ceremony and moderator, she provides engagement and interactivity with an intrinsic motivation towards progress and brain circulation. Her goal is that guests go home fueled by the client’s needs such as inspiration. 

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Awaken you to your value

Do you truly understand your unique skills and the value you offer? Are you struggling to articulate your strengths effectively?

Many times when Karen asks people about their skills, they stumble, struggle or don’t have a distinct answer. That’s a pity. It’s a pity that professionals don’t know their value. Karen wants to set people into motion by showing what their value is and how to communicate it more confidently.

Since 2020, she has been a Personal Brand Speaker and Consultant and guided professionals from C-Suite, managers, employees, entrepreneurs and students in rediscovering their skills, building a Personal Brand with the result in communicating their value more confidently.

She gave talks and hosted workshops with organizations such as African Women Innovation Entrepreneurship Forum, Cherie Blair Foundation, IEEE Women in Engineering. Now, she’s Head of Brand & Communications at TEDxAmsterdam Women. Her goal is to give both women and men more confidence by bringing their value to the professional table. Who are you? What do you stand for? What do you want in your career? 

Key Takeaways:

  • Discover unique value: Learn to recognize and articulate your unique skills and value proposition confidently, using tools like the “5 Whys” to dissect skills deeply.
  • Define Personal Brand: Gain clarity on your personality and professional identity, and develop a compelling personal brand that resonates with your audience.
  • Effective communication skills: Master the art of articulating your strengths effectively, whether in interviews, presentations, or networking opportunities.
  • Awakening through self-analysis: Understand the importance of ongoing self-analysis and reflection, leveraging tools like the “5 Whys” to unlock your full potential and advance your career.
  • Confidence: Receive practical tips for building confidence in professional settings, empowering you to present yourself assertively in any situation

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Karen moderated the European Commission's high level conference on critical raw materials in November 2022. She prepared herself well, ensuring that she understood the client's needs. On the day, she was calm, poised and empathetic as moderator. I would definitely recommend Karen for future events.

Head of Unit DG Grow, European Commission

It was a successful event and everything went according to plan! Thanks for your tip from Karen.

Event Manager, Google Netherlands

Karen is a brilliant and engaging speaker! She delivered her Personal Branding Masterclass for women entrepreneurs in our mentoring programme. The Masterclass engaged entrepreneurs from Nigeria, India, UK, Ireland, Jordan, United States, Dominica and Turkey, to name a few. She offers practical insight into such an important concept.

Program Manager, Cherie Blair Foundation

We look back on a very successful event and Karen contributed enormously. What a wonderful energy, super enthusiastic and well prepared in terms of content. We are convinced that Karen's contribution has taken the event to the next level.

Event Manager, Dutch Founders Fund & Online Payment Platform
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Karen moderated the European Commission's high level conference on critical raw materials in November 2022. She prepared herself well, ensuring that she understood the client's needs. On the day, she was calm, poised and empathetic as moderator. I would definitely recommend Karen for future events.

Head of Unit DG Grow, European Commission See all references

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