Mary Karr Handley

My presentations are given with humor and a common sense approach to Life’s challenges. My Mission Statement is
“To encourage, inspire, and teach compassion, respect and a positive attitude to people of all ages.”


  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Texas Christian University
  • Member of National Speakers Association
  • Member of National Speakers Association of North Texas
  • Member of Exceptional Women
  • Member of Fellowship of Professional Women
  • Trainer for Managed Health Network
  • Speaker for Christian Women’s Club

Mary Karr Handley's company is named Positive Presentations


"The Importance of Attitude in the Aging Process"


* Identify ways we can improve our attitude and discover the importance humor brings to our lives.
* Understand the importance of a positive attitude and how it affects our overall health.
* Discuss ways to help those under our care get involved in living life fully.
* Develop a personalized approach for adding renewed strength and vitality to our lives-not for a day, or a week, but for a lifetime.

Summary of Content:

We will be looking at ten things we can do on a consistent basis that will improve our daily lives. If we can maintain a positive attitude in a negative world, we will be victorious in whatever we set out to accomplish for our lives. We cannot give to others what we do not possess ourselves, therefore in finding the right path for ourselves; we can then share what we know to be true with others in our care. We will look at things we can do to encourage our elders to get involved wherever they are, whether it is in a "retirement community," or an "assisted living" facility. Being involved is the key to living a happy, fulfilled life. I have personal experiences with the elderly and know first hand the importance of being involved where you are to have a sense of purpose and to be making a difference in your life and the lives of others.

NOTE: This workshop can also be a keynote or breakout session.


“Communicating with Confidence.”


• Looking at the different ways we communicate every day.

• Looking at the benefits of communicating well.

• Looking at ways to “listen” until you really “hear.”

• Looking at ways to criticize without crippling.

Summary of Content:

We will be looking at the objectives listed above and learning to establish a track record for truth. We will be looking at traits for leadership and the differences we observe in negative and positive people and how they affect our communication. We communicate every day, and our objective is to make sure what we communicate is fully understood by our listeners.


Mary offers additional programs and customizes all programs to your needs.


“In my opinion, this was one of the best programs Prestonwood Newcomers has had since I’ve been a member. I Hope you will come back for another talk! You are an inspiring speaker!”
Linda R.

“Your words were not only inspiring and motivational to the students, but also to the staff. You have a very special gift, and we appreciate you sharing with us.”
Nancy W., Dallas Can Academy

“You are getting RAVE Reviews and notes from our staff appreciation luncheon.”

Tamara J., State Farm Ins.

“My staff was most impressed. It’s been over a week since they heard you speak, and they are still excited.”
Mike W., Agent, State Farm Ins.

“Thanks for your presentation to our seniors. They really enjoyed your warmth and humor. You are one of their all-time favorites!”
Lisa B., Jewish Community Center

“Your subject was just perfect for our group! I put your points to use this past week-end, and it worked. Your humor serves you well!”
Wynema H., SOCAP

“Your speech on the busy schedules of a 90’s family was entertaining, informative, and inspiring. You did a great job of giving practical, everyday advice that we all need to hear. I was also touched by your sincerity. The feed-back has been very positive!” Suzi J., Bowie Elementary PTA

“Your speech on “Getting the Most out of Life” was inspirational, informative and humorous.” Thanks for setting us straight, and motivating us to get it together.”
James T., Dallas Exchange Club

“Energetic, motivational, inspiring, passionate, and warm hearted.” These are just a few words to describe Mary’s workshop on Communicating with Confidence.”
D. Reid, AMS Productions

“I just wanted you to know the response from the entertaining topic of ‘Aging’ was great! You have such a great speaking voice and delivery. You had something which each and everyone of us could identify with. Thank you for a job well done.”
Betty S., Braniff Silver Eagles

“I can’t begin to express my thanks to you for the excellent presentation given our Transportation
employees at our in service training. It is my hope that your energy, excitement and words of wisdom
will be shared and applied by each participant. You made my day!"

Russell Z. Gerami Ft. Bend ISD


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