“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 throughout 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
Karli has worked with a number of businesses, schools and organizations as a consultant and trainer on power-based violence.
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.
“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
“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
“1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men will be sexually assaulted on a college campus.”
- Justice Department’s Nation Institute of Justice
“81 percent of women and 43 percent of men had experienced some form of sexual harassment during their lifetime.”
- National Study on Sexual Harassment and Assault
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.
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.
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
New York City, Las Vegas, Chicago, Portland, San Diego, Austin, Fresno, Miami, Los Angeles, Detroit, San Antonio, Sacramento, Phoenix, Tampa
PREVENTION EDUCATOR & Speaker
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.
Karli offers a number of keynote speeches for events, rallies, marches, graduations, conferences, and schools.
Karli uses education standards for learning in classroom and assembly educational programs for students of all ages.
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.
Karli has been a featured guest on news television, talk shows, newsprint, radio, blogs, podcasts, documentaries, and event panels by sharing her stories and power-based-violence expertise.