Kimberly's accomplishments began as an Olympic hopeful in the sport of horse show jumping. A car accident in 1998 ended her career--and life as she'd known it. She clawed her way over these obstacles… and back to success.
Kimberly was forced to relearn how to read, write, walk and talk again, endured and overcame years of homelessness, created an entirely new career path and much more.
She developed her Champion-Building strategies in order to successfully re-integrate in a world that no longer accommodated her. These are the same tools she shares with her audiences today in order to build Champions...in business, school, and life.
Price Range: $ 500 and up
Gig Length: 40 - 90 minutes
What to Expect
> By utilizing riveting story-telling, and real-life experiences; this unique program motivates, educates, and inspires audience members to reach for their dreams. The program provides clear, easy-to-understand concepts to help audience members overcome barriers and adversity to achieve their personal best.
> Audience members will learn how to maintain positive focus and attainment of goals through development and implementation of Kimberly’s “Champion-Building Business Plan for Life".
> To learn how negative self-talk can push down our dreams and goals; and to recognize, change, and implement a new self-talk dialog that will increase positive results and productivity.
> To learn how to maintain a positive outlook within an often negative society
> Using principals of personal empowerment, audience members will learn to set attainable goals, be resilient and proactive in the face of setbacks, and learn to trust and believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Motivational Strategies for Achieving Personal Growth
A. Sub Modalities for change
Through poignant story telling, program demonstrates how we establish positive and negative belief patterns; and how we can modify those patterns in order to create success in our lives.
B. Learn how to enhance intrinsic motivation
1. Learn to self-monitor and identify “traps” currently hindering peak personal performance.
*Contrasting analysis of current belief patterns
*Changing belief patterns
*Releasing limited decisions
*Releasing negative emotions
2. Determine how to overcome resistance to change needed for personal growth.
3. Set well-defined outcomes and goals.
C. When life gets in the way of our plans
Utilizing adversity and change to create better opportunities
* Answers the question, “How to you continue goal attainment in the midst of setbacks?”
* Demonstrates how when viewed from a positive and thoughtful perspective, adversity and setbacks can be advantageous.
* Demonstrates real-life examples of strategies that helped Kimberly overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges in her life, and how these strategies can be applied in any setting to create desired outcomes.
All of Kimberly's presentations are customized to fit the specific needs and solve each client's issues. Each topic is centered around her core message of overcoming adversity, embracing change, and believing in the beauty of your dreams to become a champion in your life. These topics are suited for (but not limited to); sales training, corporate motivation, inspirational conferences, schools, church events and community events.
*All topics are available in secular and faith-based format
Kimberly's favorite type of program to deliver!
Becoming a champion in your life--
Kimberly perceptively shares the tools she utilized, first as an Olympic hopeful, then as a recovering accident survivor to overcome adversity, remain positive in the storms of life, in order to become a champion in life.
Kimberly has learned the secret to using adversity in order to create success. Her insightful observations are perceptively demonstrated through a unique, inspirational, and engaging presentation.
Kimberly addresses the advantages of embracing change through reinvention. Not only is reinvention possible, it is absolutely necessary in order to survive in an ever-changing world---and especially so in a struggling, economic state.
Thinking Outside The Box--
Kimberly has learned that life with a brain injury often forces her to utilize alternative pathways to find solutions to everyday issues. Kimberly demonstrates how paving our own way can provide us with innovative opportunities that can be easily missed by "following the crowd," and doing things the way they've always been done. This topic forces audience members to stretch, grow, and challenge current ideologies that may prevent them from moving forward...in business and/or everyday life.
Living with Brain Injury-
Living with brain injury presents challenges that most can't even begin to imagine. Utilizing riveting story-telling, Kimberly transports (and surprises) her audience by demonstrating what life is really like living with brain injury. (Includes awareness/prevention education).
It can happen to anyone, anytime, from any social-economic class. How homelessness changed Kimberly's life, and hope for others who are enduring their own financial struggles.
Anti-Bullying, Anti-Alcoholism/Drug addiction--
This moving, heart-felt program is one that is near and dear to Kimberly's heart.
Kimberly and her daughter are the only non-alcoholic members of their family. Kimberly works with police departments and anti-drug coalitions in order to help prevent the abuse of drugs/alcohol in young people; and shares her story in meetings, community centers and schools in regard to her personal experiences. She shares how alcohol/drugs destroyed three generations of family members and what life was like from a sober point of view. She urges young people to make good choices when being influenced by "friends" and peers who use alcohol/drugs and how being strong in these types of situations will allow them to realize their dreams and become champions in life.
Disability awareness/sensitivity training--
Business rights/responsibilities towards their clients with disabilities is discussed in an innovative, motivational format. Program includes service dog education, businesses rights/responsibilities to patron partnered with a service dog, employee education, teaching businesses to spot fake service dogs and prosecute them, and service dog awareness.
Kimberly's K9 partners
Kimberly is blessed to be partnered with a service dog. She also brings along specially-trained therapy dogs "Educational Ambassadors" who help her bring home her message with a fun and heart-felt mix of task work, musically choreographed demonstration and more. She explains the roles of service dogs and the desired etiquette that people should exhibit when coming across a working team. She is considered the leading authority on service dog and disability awareness.
Program’s Closing Comments:
Kimberly Carnevale’s closing comments review and solidify the motivational messages set forth throughout her program. Her insightful observations that can only come from someone who's nearly lost their life and scratched and clawed their way back on top again.
Kimberly is a former professional equestrian who was working towards her little-girl dream of obtaining a spot on the United States Equestrian Team in the illustrious sport of show jumping. A devastating accident in 1998 left her permanently disabled with a traumatic brain injury. She was forced to relearn what most take for granted, such as reading, writing, walking and talking. Sometime later, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Kimberly faced many seemingly insurmountable obstacles since then, and she utilized her athlete training and "Champion-Building" skills to overcome them all.
Through personal stories, incredible K9 partners and insightful observations, she shares how she utilized adversity in order to create success; and shares the tools with her audiences so they can become Champions in school, in their work place…and in life.
Kimberly perceptibly demonstrates how the implementation of these strategies can be applied in any setting, ultimately unveiling the “Champion” that lies within us all. These strategies are derived from both neurolingustic principals and sports psychology techniques proven to enhance self-motivation.
Applying these principals empowers the audience member with the ability to clearly define and focus on personal strengths, set (and attain) short and long term goals, boost self-esteem and eliminate ineffective self-talk and ideologies.
Students will learn how to effectively overcome potential environmental barriers (I.e., peer pressure, negative external comments, difficult home situations), in order to maintain goal-oriented focus and forward progression of personal growth and attainment of short and long term objectives.
Kimberly's name is synonymous for lending insightful assistance to state/county leaders, decision-makers, corporations, and grade school to university students; to become aware of, and be sensitive to, the challenges and barriers which exist for people with hidden disabilities. Being a person with multiple (and largely invisible) disabilities, Kimberly is able to speak both from a business and personal point of view, offering an inside look at what life is like living with life-altering disability challenges.
Some of Kimberly’s past audiences include:
Several schools and universities throughout the nation, The Philadelphia Area Chapter of Meeting Professionals International, the State of New Jersey, Elizabeth M. Boggs Center, Project Freedom, Global B.I.G picnic for Awareness, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and more.
"An absolute 10!!! A true story told by the individual that experienced it. (The program) was inspiring, amazing, and spiritually moving. There's no room for improvement!" -- (Anonymous audience member)
“Kimberly is a driven, passionate, compassionate, and highly skilled resource for many people with diverse needs. Her attention to detail and her ability to assess a person's needs and assets is uncanny. Not only did I enjoy working with Kimberly, but I enjoy our continuing relationship. Kimberly is a well trained and reliable asset to any team or project. Also, she is a motivating and enthusiastic force with lots of value and energy to give..” August 3, 2011 --Michael J. Herman, Co-Owner, CEO,
The Motivational Minute
"Many people with a story/history like Kimberly's don't recover. They fall deeper and deeper into a life unbecoming. However, that is not the case with Kimberly. She has been handed so many challenges in her life and somehow manages to find the brightness. This attitude always moves her to the next phase of her incredible journey. Kimberly is an extraordinary speaker full of enthusiasm, passion and encouragement. I highly recommend her for any speaking event. I forgot to mention she also has a great sense of humor!" ~ Debbie Green owner, Dandelion Interiors
"Kimberly is driven by her innate passion to help others, to 'pay-it-forward' and to raise awareness about traumatic brain injury. She does this with great integrity and a deep awareness about life. I am proud to know Kimberly and am inspired greatly by her work and her speaking." ~ Anne Rickets Author, Brain injury Advocate, Founder BI Global Picnic/Education & Training at Brain Injury Awareness
“Kimberly is living a compelling personal story of faith, determination and overcoming. As a traumatic brain injury survivor, she is an articulate and inspirational speaker before large or small audiences. She is also a skilled animal trainer with a high level of compassion and empathy. I would recommend her to anyone desiring to uplift any audience.” ~ Tom Koentop Senior Consultant, Lee Hecht Harrison
“If you want Successful ways from a Real World Perspective, Kimberly should be included in your event. She has a great passion and her eyes brighten as she shares the secrets she has learned. Using adversity in order to create success helps others too, I have spent many hours with Kimberly & her Vice President of Everything Important, Sarah. I recommend you book her to work with your group immediately before her schedule is filled again. When you see how she works with people, ask her how she also empowers horses & dogs too. ~ Tom Hobbs, The Man In The HAT Lt. Governor of Education & Training, Toastmasters District 26
“Kimberly is one of the most passionate speakers I have had the pleasure to be around. She captivates your attention immediately and draws you in. You will be inspired by her stories and in awe of how resilient she has been when faced with adversity, I highly recommend Kimberly as a speaker for any group.” ~Sally Wurr President, SW Insurance Corp
“Kimberly has a heart-warming, inspiring and hope-full story to tell. You need to hear it. The group(S) you belong to need to hear it too. - Kim Ratz, Speaker-Trainer-Troubadour”
“Kimberly is "positive motivation personified." A brief encounter, an extended meeting, or listening to her share her story -- the experience causes a paradigm shift. Her story simultaneously inspires gratitude and confidence. She knows what courage is, and she quietly but persistently generates confidence in others. I recommend her for a conversation right now, and for a speaking engagement for any group before another change in seasons.”
Robert L. Harris, Ph.D., CNC, CFSP , President, Christian College of Georgia
“When you look up courage and inspiration in the dictionary you're likely to find a photo of Kimberly and her beloved dogs. They give meaning to the quote, " Life is a mystery to be lived and enjoyed not a problem to be solved and tolerated."~Mike Moore speaker/author/humorist (link hidden)”
“Kimberly is a highly motivational, inspirational, engaging, and interesting speaker. I have seen Kimberly overcome challenges that would deter or defeat others. She has a positive, pleasant attitude, is always amiable, cooperative, and reliable. Kimberly is strong, self motivated and has continuously utilized her creativity to expand herself and her excellent work with service dogs and people. I most sincerely recommend Kimberly as a wonderful asset to any organization.”
--Jean Dally Community Health Education Nurse Robert Wood University Hospital @ Hamilton
"Kimberly served as the keynote speaker at the closing ceremonies of our Vacation Bible School. I was so impressed with her knowledge, background, and presentation that I asked her to speak at my church while I was on vacation. The reports from the congregation were impressive. Kimberly combines canine professionalism with a compelling life story and an affable manner. Her message is inspirational because it flows directly from her life experiences, and when she speaks about faith, it is easy to see that she practices what she preaches.” Pastor Richard Leland
“Kimberly is an excellent motivational speaker. ... Everyone enjoyed her talk and was inspired by her.” Wendy Wojtaszek
"Great job, as usual! Thanks so much for coming!" --Carol
"Dear Kim, Thanks for coming and sharing yourself with our group. Everyone who heard you came away with something special--a thought a question, a prayer, a determination. You touched each one of us. We look forward to seeing you again. God bless you and the work that you do." --Dianne Workman, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
"Whenever you give, you give from the heart just as the Lord has told us to do...You give without asking for any return, but the Lord above sees it and blesses you, too. Thank you again for a great program--everyone enjoyed it." --Karen
Dear Kim, thank you so much for spending your time to share your life lessons. You are truly an inspiration to everyone you speak to. You, your (service) dogs, and your work will be in my prayers." --Mrs. D
"Dear Kimberly, Three or four years ago, you did two assemblies for us for our annual school Health Fair. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that I am STILL getting requests to have you return, so I think that it's time to bring you back! Your program was one of the most memorable in the 10 years that I have been working on these Health Fairs. I am SO looking forward to seeing you again! If you ever need me for a reference, I'd be happy to give you a GREAT one. --Bonnie Weller, RN Eleanor Rush Intermediate School
"Dear Kim: Thank you so much for attending our Family Fun day at Outdoor World. The activity really enhanced what we as Girl Scouts try to teach the girls, to be a sister to every other Girl Scout and to help people at all times. Hopefully, you will be able to present for GSSJP in the future" --Barbara McLaughlin GSSJP Program Specialist
"Dear Kim: I can't tell you how rewarding your visit was for us! Your presentations were excellent... The feedback from faculty and children have been so positive. Thank you so much for coming to see us and teaching us. You are quite an inspiration." Fondly, Carol Snook
From the Kids:
From a fourth grader --"Dear Kim: Your program was fascinating! (It) was my favorite! I hope that you know that a lot of people loved your program. I learned a lot. I believe now that my dream of being a great swimmer might come true now after your presentation. Thank you! Your friend, Lauren"
From a fourth grader- "Dear Kim: I appreciated your program and learned that I shouldn't let go of my dreams. I can't stop thinking about your interesting life. I was fascinated to hear your story. I think yours was the best program out of the whole Fair. I hope you come next year! Yours Truly, Charlotte"
"Dear Kim, thank you so much for the wonderful presentation at Morgan School. The students LOVED it! We wish you a wonderful summer, and hope to have you again next year. Sincerely, Audry Vernon--Counselor, Morgan School"
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