Caryn’s life experiences provide a wealth of content for audiences. She can tailor presentations as needed.


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Take a look at Caryn’s columns from the Saint Paul Pioneer Press Opinion section here.


Everyone has a story. Caryn shares her own stories, and the stories of others on her blog, Perspective.


Caryn's new book, Bitter or Better - Grappling with Life on the Op-Ed Page


People describe Caryn as a discerning storyteller who digs beneath the headlines to offer compelling insights that cause them to think, feel and act. For nearly a decade, Caryn keeps honing these skills as a contributing columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Drawing upon her own experiences as well as her unique observations about the world around her, she writes about productive ways to grapple with life’s curve balls and to step forward to effect change.

Many of her stories are chronicled in Bitter or Better, Caryn’s first book. With the encouragement of  bestselling author Vince Flynn, she melds her life experiences and lessons with those of others whose stories appeared in her columns.

Caryn also enjoys taking her message to the stage. A sampling of   audiences who have experienced her keynotes and seminars include  Be the Match, National Sheriff’s Association, Starkey Hearing Foundation, The Autism Society of Minnesota, American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Science, Minnesota Social Service Association, Arc Greater Twin Cities, and St. Thomas Academy.

Her board service includes Fraser,  the University of Minnesota Health Mothers and Children’s Advisory Committee and the Women’s Impact Foundation. As a writer, speaker and volunteer she spotlights and supports many nonprofit organizations.

When she’s not writing or speaking to an audience, Caryn enjoys biking, Pilates and spending time with family and friends. Her best vacations include walking 80 miles on the El Camino de Santiago,  sailing on the Turkish Riviera and exploring Ireland with her daughter.



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Stepping Forward on the El Camino de Santiago

September 6, 2015

On August 30 I joined a group of mostly strangers to walk the Portuguese route of the El Camino de Santiago. Unlike several of my fellow trekkers, I was not particularly well-versed on the […]

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Starkey and Delta Zeta: Building Bears and Relationships

For Bill and Tani Austin and Starkey Hearing Foundation, it’s all about helping the world to hear. The Austins are among the hardest working people I’ve ever met. They travel the world to give the […]