“You must not be afraid to speak conviction over your future, do not be afraid to stand up and advocate whether it be the classroom or boardroom.” – Karen Civil
On September 15, 2015, Karen Civil was a guest speaker at The White House, where she delivered a heartfelt message for their ‘Champions of Change’ event. The event honored eleven young women as Champions of Change for their courage and contributions to their communities. The event inspired young girls and women to recognize their potential for leadership, as educators, advocates, peer-mentors, artists and entrepreneurs. The event encouraged young girls and women to achieve their full potential and discussed how they can become leaders in their own way, and in their own style. Karen Civil had an impactful speech, as she took the stage shyly and expressed how she struggled with nervousness in her early childhood, growing up in Elizabeth, NJ. She shared the beginning of her journey, and how initial feelings of doubt about her career turned into confidence, as she overcame her fears and inner objections, by most importantly believing in herself. Karen Civil encourages every women to understand that is it their duty to have the courage to stand up for what they believe in.
Check out the full video of Karen’s speech here: