The Power of Self Belief

We are all faced with moments that can change the direction of our lives. In these moments, we are asked to perform to the best of our ability under intense circumstances. For Kara Lynn Joyce, this moment came during the 2012 Olympic Trials as she tried to earn a spot on her third Olympic team. In “The Power of Self Belief,” Kara discusses what it takes to make the Olympics and shares how the lessons she learned on her journey can be applied in a professional setting. Her inspiring stories highlight the importance of positive self-talk and giving an honest effort, offering her audience a personal look into her key components for success.  

Inspiring Those Around You

What can you do to motivate and inspire those around you? How can you be a more effective leader? As a 14-year-old at the 2000 Olympic Trials, Kara had the unique opportunity to meet her childhood idol and learn the value of mentorship. In “Inspiring Those Around You,” Kara shares how she drew on that experience later in her career when given the opportunity to play the role of mentor. Here, Kara shares her experiences as a three-time Olympian and identifies best practices to motivating those around you. 

Overcoming Challenges on the Path to Success

In the lead-up to the 2012 Olympic Trials, Kara had experienced many challenges, including injuries and coaching changes. She was not a favorite to make the Olympic Team. However, despite the setbacks, she blocked out the distractions and qualified for her third Olympic Team. In “Overcoming Challenges on the Path to Success,” Kara shares the lessons she learned during her swimming career that helped her overcome obstacles and beat the odds. Kara’s powerful stories will help you push challenges to the side and perform your best in school, in the workplace, and in life.

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"The Starbucks Women's Development Network is proud and honored to have worked with Kara. Kara's message of The Power of Self Belief was inspiring to our whole audience. Her speaking skills are highly engaging, and you can feel her passion fill the room. She even brought her medals and was remarkably personable with our entire audience. We look forward to working with Kara again in the future."    
- Danica Smith, Chair of Starbucks Women's Development Network