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Use the form on the right to contact Kara.

For literary inquiries, please reach out to her agent, Kim Perel of Wendy Sherman Associates.

Summit, NJ


Kara Richardson Whitely is an author & speaker featured on Oprah's Lifeclass and Self, Redbook and American Hiker. Her book Gorge will be released in 2015.

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Here's a chance to get inspired and bring Kara's message to your hometown, company or organization.

Kara is a gifted and empowering speaker. Her story is honest and inspiring, and offers audience members hope for recovery.
— Shira Evans, MS, RD, CSSD, LD Dartmouth College Coordinator of Nutrition Programs

Some kind words about Kara's recent presentation at Purdue University: 
“Kara Richardson Whitely’s presentation kicked off Purdue’s 2016 NEDA Week with inspiration, grace, and courage. Her self-awareness and vulnerability left our staff and student-body feeling empowered to reexamine any self-imposed limitations. Kara’s humility and sense of humor were also highlights of her presentation –giving her audience permission to practice self-compassion for themselves and for others.”

Inspiring Author and Motivational Speaker Kara Richardson Whitely delivers brave, honest, empowering and compelling talks and workshops to help audiences move mountains in their own lives and delve into issues including body acceptance, fitness and achievement. Learn more about her press and presentations here.

Topics Include: Life Lists * Adventure Setting * Moving Past Obstacles * Plus-Size Fitness / Starting Fitness * Binge Eating Disorder / Food Addiction * Body Acceptance / Fat Shaming / Bullying * Kilimanjaro

In addition to book reading and signings for Gorge: My 300-pound Journey Up Kilimanjaro, Kara has a number of programs and is will customize them for your event goals.

Love Your Body: Body acceptance no matter where you are on the scale. Love where you are and go from there. 

Moving Mountains: How to conquer any obstacle to reach your goals

Conquer of Kilimanjaro:  Learn what it takes to get to the top of Africa's highest peak

We were so glad to have Kara speak at CU Boulder. Through sharing her story, both the highs and the lows, she serves as an example of hope and growth—and a powerful role model for young adults who are struggling.
— Dana Udall, Ph.D. CU Boulder Lead, Clinical Specialty Team Coordinator, Eating Disorder Services


“Kara provided a poignant and meaningful presentation to more than 350 female business professionals at our recent conference. Her delivery was hard-hitting yet laced with humor. A definite audience favorite!” 

Stacey L. Bruzzese, President/CEO Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, WOW Conference

If you or your company is interested in partnering with her or hosting an event, please reach out here:

Media Highlights

Kara Richardson Whitely's empowering and inspiring story has been shared internationally with some incredible reviews. Here's a list of some of the highlights: 

Good Morning America

Oprah’s Lifeclass

The New York Times

Weight Watchers


Good Housekeeping




Modern Hiker

The Star-Ledger

Inside Jersey

She Knows

Library Journal

The Rumpus

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