Kari Knutson, MA, is a native of Colorado and an educational professional with over 18 years of experience in K-12, higher education environments, as well as state governments, and community organizations. She is a speaker, trainer, and consultant for schools, city governments, businesses, and community organizations. Her company, Knutson Consulting, is focused on helping people transform their organizations through developing interpersonal skills and bridging cultural and communication divides.
Kari received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Philosophy from Cornell College in Iowa. After college she earned her Masters degree in Higher Education Administration from Appalachian State University in North Carolina.
Kari then went on to work at Harvard Medical School in Boston. She worked in the Peabody Society where she helped to design and implement programs to support medical students. While at Harvard, Kari was involved in numerous activities related to the social and emotional growth of medical students. Her work with the Harvard Medical School students inspired her to focus more of her attention on student affairs and eventually she wanted to become a counselor.
After meeting her first Deaf friend at the age of 28, she decided she wanted to become fluent in American Sign Language and develop a greater understanding of Deaf culture. She was honored to be selected for the Masters program in Counseling at Gallaudet University in Washington DC, the only university in the world specifically for Deaf and hard of hearing students. Upon graduating from Gallaudet, she went to work at the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing as a case manager for clients in the Boston region. She also worked at Northern Essex Community College in Deaf Services where she helped recruit Deaf students and developed programs to support them while in college.
Kari later attended International Summer School at the University of Oslo in Norway where she received a Certificate in Special Needs Education. While in Norway she met amazing people from all over the world! Kari was honored to be chosen as the American representative for her certificate class, a professional group made up of 18 people from 18 different countries.
Kari is an avid traveler who has traveled solo to 13 countries and has a vast knowledge of different cultural practices and perspectives, as well as different signed and spoken languages. She is fluent in American Sign Language and can give presentations in English or ASL.
Kari has developed curriculum and presentations on several topics including: Emotional Intelligence, Bully Prevention, Cultural Competency, Dealing with Difficult People, Conflict Resolution, Parent Engagement, Everyday Mindfulness, Mandatory Reporting, Demystifying Deafness, Customer Service, and Infusing ASL into the Curriculum. She has given numerous classes, workshops, and presentations on these topics both locally and nationally. Kari also runs ASL to Go where she teaches ASL classes for children and adults.
Kari currently runs the school-wide anti-bully program at Crown Pointe Academy in Westminster, where she also works as a counselor. In addition, she serves as the anti-bully consultant to the City of Westminster Park and Recreation Department where she gives presentations to parents, conducts workshops with staff, and serves as the intervention specialist. Kari is an energetic speaker who is passionate about connecting with people. Her engaging and humorous facilitation style help to make her presentations stand out. She has received rave reviews from workshop and conference attendees.
She is available to speak, train, or consult on a wide variety of topics and tailors her content to the client’s specific needs. Check out the current list of presentation topics and feel free to contact Kari with other requests.
Kari lives in Denver, Colorado with her wonderful husband and their two amazing daughters.