Plus-size author takes on Mount Kilimanjaro to get over body issues.

I’m grateful to have worked along-side some of the best brands in business. You’ll find me open to all kinds of engagements—speaking, consulting, coaching, writing—I’m always looking for new ways to share stories of courage, adventure, and lasting change.


Thank you for keeping my words and adventures alive…



I deliver brave, honest, empowering and compelling talks, off-sites and workshops to help audiences move mountains in their own lives and delve into issues including body acceptance, fitness and achievement. Learn more about my 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

  • Love Your Body Day

  • National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

In addition to book reading and signings for Gorge: My 300-Pound Journey Up Kilimanjaro, Kara has a number of programs and 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.

  • Other options include: Trainings and Workshops, Q&A, Panelist Discussions, Book Clubs, Livestreams, Facebook Lives, Social Media Influencer Campaigns, Writing Workshops, and professional content development services.


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. 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


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