#232: Karen Kelly – Breaking Barriers in a Male-Dominated Environment

March 12, 2024

In this week’s Scale Your Sales Podcast episode, my guest is Karen Kelly, the Host of K2 Sales Podcast.

Karen is a seasoned sales expert with a passion for empowering sales professionals to achieve sales excellence. With over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, she brings a unique blend of expertise, energy, and practicality to her clients. She unlocks the grip our mindset, beliefs, and behaviours can have on us. Separating what serves us or sabotages us starting with our self-awareness. Replacing these patterns with purposeful values, confidence and action producing tangible results. Beyond her training work, Karen is a sought-after speaker at industry conferences and events. As the host of K2 Sales Podcast, she offers valuable guidance and strategies that can elevate your business to new heights, all while ensuring that you feel content and fulfilled.

In this episode, Karen shares her experiences of being the sole woman in a male-dominated industry and how she leverages these experiences to empower other women in similar environments. We delve into the crucial aspects of self-belief, confidence, and understanding one’s worth, especially in the context of women in sales. Our conversation also explores the value of curiosity for sales leaders in today’s landscape, as well as for salespeople when engaging with customers. Furthermore, Karen emphasizes the significance of fostering curiosity, embracing diversity, and shifting the sales mindset towards genuine customer centricity.

Welcome to Scale Your Sales Podcast, Karen Kelly.


00:00 – Breaking Barriers in a Male-Dominated Environment

04:38 – Finding strength in adversity.

07:36 – Women must seek environments that appreciate diversity and know when to leave negative situations.

11:33 – Society limits women’s potential, they need to back themselves.

13:36 – Embracing diverse thoughts and fostering leadership skills.

16:03 – Embrace curiosity, transparency, and team empowerment.

19:40 – Consider others’ perspective, ask questions, understand impact.

22:44 – Intentional communication, active listening, and creating space for others.


Janice B Gordon is the award-winning Customer Growth Expert and Scale Your Sales Framework founder. She is by LinkedIn Sales 15 Innovating Sales Influencers to Follow 2021, the Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Customer Experience Nov 2020 and 150 Women B2B Thought Leaders You Should Follow in 2021. Janice helps companies worldwide to reimagine revenue growth through customer experience and sales.

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