Nancy Vogl Speakers Bureau

Harriet Turk

February 18, 2014
Harriet Turk

Harriet Turk

Expertise:   Youth Leadership, Women’s Issues, Creativity in Sales

Speaking Style:  Down-to-earth. Contagious Energy.  Calm Confidence

Travels From:  Memphis, Tennessee

Nancy Says:  “Whether she’s firing up teens or young adults, inspiring a group of women or speaking to corporate America, Harriet has the uncanny ability to reach people of any age. She’s absolutely fantastic!”


Inspiring Others to See Possibilities and Take Action 

For more than 20 years, Harriet Turk has challenged her audiences to think seriously about their life choices. Harriet says, “The ability to DREAM IT does not automatically mean you will ACHIEVE IT. You have to be willing to do the work.” In a world peppered with indifference, complacency, and difficult decisions, she offers programs with a clear and practical message for living fully and believing in and valuing yourself. Among several topics, her signature keynote, Deal With It!, is a dynamic leadership program.

Harriet’s background is varied, giving her an edge when speaking to a variety of groups. A top performer in every position, she’s served as a probation officer, youth programs coordinator, flight attendant, college professor, pharmaceutical sales rep and speaker, trainer and consultant.

Learn more about Harriet Turk...

Most speakers come from a particular field of expertise. Their training is so brand-specific that they are unable to cross over into different fields. Not so with Harriet Turk.

Since 1985, Harriet has worked as a:

  • Probation Officer
  • Youth Programs Coordinator
  • Flight Attendant
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • College Professor
  • Nationally known Professional Speaker, Trainer and Consultant

Why different positions in several different fields? Harriet is intrigued by many different careers and loves to work with people. While each position had very different roles, there was one underlying appeal: Connecting with others. In every position, Harriet was regarded as a top performer. In her first year as a pharmaceutical sales rep, Harriet was named Rookie of the Year and the #1 Top Performer. In every position, Harriet was also selected as a trainer, consultant for new programs, and a mentor to new employees.

Harriet will lead your participants on a journey from being ho-hum to being high achievers. Her interactive and energetic presentations combine humor with content, competition with integrity and performance with character.


Presentation Topics

What's Got You Going?

Adult Program

How do you recapture your passion and invigorate your desire to be a more positive influence? If you feel you have lost sight of why you do or even how you do what you do, you should hear this message and rediscover your commitment to yourself and your lifestyle. This program is excellent for educators!


Performance Building 

Adult Program

In this content-rich program, Harriet leads you through the steps to create a more effective work team. How to use your vision, knowledge and leadership skills to strengthen your employee’s talents and willingness to achieve high performance are integral parts of this program.

To reach performance goals, you must master simple techniques to create loyal, hard working employees. This program is essential for managers who need to build cooperation and minimize conflict among employees.



Adult Program

Working with younger employees or reaching teenagers can be difficult for any adult. Trends and dynamics change so quickly, adults just can’t keep up. Harriet will give insights into the clash of the cultures, current trends, and how to cope with change.

What at first seems daunting, Harriet will break into pieces and leave you with information you may immediately apply in the workplace, community council or at home.


We Fix Stupid  

Women's Program
Does it feel like everyone wants a piece of you? Everyone expects you to fix all their problems? Do you feel like you give to everyone, but no one gives to you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Harriet has developed a program just for you. Women are natural nurturers, and this gets us in trouble! Learning boundaries, taking care of ourselves, and teaching others how to treat us are concepts women have the hardest time learning. Harriet has audiences howling with laughter one minute, and wiping away tears the next. Every women’s group, regardless of age or marital status, can benefit by hearing the message, “We Fix Stupid."


Get Up and Move! 

Teen and Young Adult Program

If your group is bored with the same old energizers and games, this workshop is for you! You will learn games and activities to use at meetings, conferences, or any time your members need a break! Highlights getting to know you, breaking barriers, getting out of your comfort zone, teamwork, trust-building, etc. If needed, fund raising and activity ideas may also be included.

Topics Include:
  • Replacing Indifference With Energy
  • Dealing With Adversity
  • Goal-Setting
  • Action Planning
  • Teambuilding/Team Management
  • Activity/Fundraising Ideas
  • Energizers/Games


Deal with It! 

Teen and Young Adult Program

This dynamic leadership program combines humor with a thought-provoking message that shows everyone that we CAN achieve dreams. However, Harriet doesn’t give participants unrealistic hope. Just because “We dream it,” does NOT automatically mean “We achieve it!” By reinforcing the concept that we all possess personal power, participants learn that they are in charge of their choices, but they don’t always get to choose the consequences. Learning how to cope with failure, and trying again are integral components of this program. 

Harriet leads participants in a “Get real and go for it” journey. Believing in themselves, developing character and living a balanced life are important concepts. This “take charge” program gives inspiration and energy to everyone attending.


Peacemakers in a Violent World 

Teen and Young Adult Program

In recent years, homes, schools and communities have become increasingly more violent. Gone are the days of fighting with fists; now more powerful weapons are used. If you want to transform yourself, break the bonds of violence and build the future for others, you need to hear this program. 

Harriet will give you skills and attitudes that can positively change a non-caring community into a productive one. Conflict resolution, anger management, bullying and creative problem solving are included in this hard-hitting, no-holds barred program.


Are Your Dying for a Drink? 

Teen and Young Adult Program

In America, drinking and driving is a leading cause of death for youth ages 15 to 19. Speed, reckless driving and non-use of safety belts are all contributing factors. 

Using her experience, Harriet combines knowledge, humor and real life stories to encourage students to buckle up, not ride with a drinking driver and, most importantly, to “party with style”. (Partying and style do NOT equal consuming ANY alcohol or other substances.) This program is excellent for Prom week.


Why Do I Feel So Fat?

Teen and Young Women's Program

Looking “perfect” is something many young women strive for. In today’s society, the media project body images young women try to buy into. Commonly, young women feel “fat” even when they are below recommended body weights. 

This program shows young women how body types are made to be different, why it is important to live a healthy lifestyle, and most importantly how to love you. This program is beneficial to women of all ages.



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