At the age of seven in small town Australia, Karen Jacobsen saw Olivia NewtonJohn on television and knew what she wanted to do with her life. She wanted to become a professional singer and move to America. Driven to follow her dream, and born to light up the stage, Karen moved to New York City with one suitcase and became an award-winning Singer and Songwriter.
Musical career highlights include: sharing the stage with Norah Jones, Neil Sedaka and Christopher Cross, singing the national anthem at major sporting events (Madison Square Garden, Fenway Park, Dodger Stadium, for 80, 000 at Giants Stadium for a New York Jets game, Queensland’s Suncorp Stadium for an Australia vs South Africa TriNations International Rugby Game for 52, 000) and licensing her songs to network television.
Unexpectedly, it was her speaking voice that has brought a unique pop culture status. Karen Jacobsen is heard in over a billion GPS and smartphone devices around the world. Perhaps her speaking voice has given you directions in your car or phone as the Original Australian Voice of “Siri”. From that one voice-over booking Karen created her empowerment brand The GPS Girl®, giving directions for life and business and showing how to navigate change powerfully with the 5 Directions for “Recalculating”. An International Speaker and Concert Performer, both live and virtually, she has been a TEDx Speaker and Global Artist in Residence at High Point University. Karen has also enjoyed wide international media coverage, including the NBC Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, the CBS Early Show, NY Daily News, Glamour magazine and was named one of People Magazine’s Most Intriguing People.
She was told she had made it when named as a clue in The New York Times crossword puzzle, but particularly enjoyed Harry Connick Jr calling her “hypnotic” on his national US talk show. The “Recalculate Your Life” events and retreats are powerful transformational experiences Karen delivers in person and virtually. She is an in demand Voice-Over artist recording customized voice systems and advertising campaigns, and a prolific songwriter and Recording Artist, currently working on her 10th studio album.
She is the Composer for musical theatre productions “Perfectly Imperfect”, “Before Time”, and her one woman musical memoir “Mackay to Manhattan,” which premiered at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre in Australia in September, 2020. An Author, Karen has written two books; The GPS Girl’s Road Map for Your Future, and Recalculate – Directions for Driving Performance Success. Along with her creative projects, her husband, young son, business and global travel schedule, she knows exactly what it is like to Recalculate daily.
Is your organization in a time of transition?
Do you find it difficult to Navigate Change?
Are you ready to learn how to Recalculate through any challenge?
Then you have reached your destination. Karen Jacobsen, The GPS Girl® is as at-home in front of a conference audience as she is on center stage at a stadium. Her one-woman keynote presentation “Recalculate – Directions for Driving Performance Success” is an experience designed to support leaders in navigating change powerfully and making effective decisions.
The GPS Girl’s guidance will be of most value if: 1. It is important that you and your people be able to navigate change powerfully. 2. You are ready to learn how to Recalculate through any challenge. 3. You want to be entertained and inspired by “the only woman men will take directions from” while discovering how to listen to your Inner GPS. Most memorably you and your people will listen to directions like they never have before in The GPS Girl’s Aussie accent.
The GPS Girl’s Recalculate presentation is designed to do three things:
• To give you the “5 Directions for Recalculating” process
• To build the ability to be solution-oriented and create a solution-oriented culture
• To increase your ability to drive results
The GPS Girl® reveals how she navigated her way from the Great Barrier Reef to the Big Apple, overcoming chronic anxiety and financial disaster to become:
• a voice in over a billion GPS and smartphone devices worldwide • an award winning performer, singing The Star Spangled Banner at major sporting events at Madison Square Garden, Dodger Stadium and Fenway Park
• Founder of the empowerment brand The GPS Girl® and Author of two books
With the combination of Karen’s voice and the message It Is Never Too Late To Recalculate, this is the one show they will never forget; leaving everyone engaged with their potential, and with long term tools to implement immediately.
This customizable concert with a message is entertainment, motivation and inspiration all in one invigorating package. Karen Jacobsen performs at the grand piano playing and singing her catchy, timeless songs while giving directions on how to recalculate in life just as we can when driving our car.
A one woman force of nature, you’ll hear how Karen navigated her way from the Great Barrier Reef to the Big Apple, recalculating her route along the way. You’re driving along, alone on a dark road at night and you’re lost, but the soothing voice of your GPS reassures you with the word “Recalculating” and a series of turns back on the right road to your destination.
You may hear her voice all day every day giving directions in one of 400 million GPS units and smartphones around the world as Aussie Karen. She’s known as The GPS Girl® and these days she can also be found delighting audiences at events from Australia to Mexico to Canada to Puerto Rico to her home base, New York City.
An award-winning singer and songwriter Karen’s musical career highlights include sharing the bill with Norah Jones, Christopher Cross, Neil Sedaka and Spyro Gyra as well as singing The Star Spangled Banner at Madison Square Garden, Dodger Stadium and Giants Stadium for 80 000 Jets fans.
A TEDx speaker, Karen has enjoyed wide media coverage including the NBC Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, the CBS Early Show, The New York Times, NY Daily News, Glamour magazine, was named one of People Magazine’s Most Intriguing People and hosts her own web series “Navigating New York with The GPS Girl®”.
Karen’s voice is in demand in the studio as a Voice-Over artist recording customized voice systems and advertising campaigns, and as a speaker for Corporate events. As an Author, Karen’s book “Recalculate” will follow her journal book “The GPS Girl’s Road Map for Your Future”.