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Karen Smythe

Karen Smythe is the director, coach and facilitator at The Vibrant Edge Pty Ltd, where she brings opportunities in training, coaching and team development to the global workforce.

With 33 years of international experience in corporate and educational institutions, in a wide range of subjects for diverse groups and ages, she is dedicated to helping people to work efficiently and effectively.

Throughout the years Karen has developed an interactive, impactful and fun training style to convert training to vibrant learning experiences.

On top of developing others, Karen is dedicated to the continual upgrading of her own skills and has a Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessment and Small Business Management, a Diploma in Life Coaching, Counselling and Social Media Management.

Furthermore, Karen is an Advanced Emergenetics Associate and a Certified Emergenetics ESP Consultant. She has co-designed and developed Speak up for Sport, a training program that develops young athletes in professionalism on and off the field.

When she is not writing new books, developing her skill set or engaged in workshops or speaking opportunities, you can find her at sporting events encouraging her favourite team (in a matching jersey) or travelling to explore unfamiliar places.

Hear from teachers who have attended a Critical Agendas Event

Inspirational Speakers –  the knowledge gained will be so beneficial in my classrooms

Libby Fullard.

I love the fantastic variety of workshops and conferences on offer. Always look forward to Critical Agendas PD’s.

Tim Livy

Keep up the fantastic PD opportunities! Very  professional and well-researched workshops and conferences.

Paul Dillon

The best P.D. I have attended in living memory!” I loved every minute of this engaging, interesting and informative PD. And I have been teaching for 40+ years!

Susan Snooks

Loved the passion of the Presenters

Ivana Ryan

Loved the honesty in the sharing of information and strategies

Liberty Hatzidimitriou

Passionate &  Authentic Speakers – Meaningful Strategies

Tamara Rundle

“It is the first P.L. in a long long time that I haven’t been checking in with my watch.”


Just a big Thank you for giving us the opportunity to attend the Critical Agenda Workshop yesterday.  David presented a great program, lots of handy strategies and he was very engaging and supportive. Highly recommended.  I was very happy we did not have to do any Role play’s. 

Tania The Geelong College