I have been in the “people business, serving people” for over eighteen years. I started my career as an occupational therapist studying the art of resilience, motivation and how people overcome challenges in their lives. In 2002, I opened To the Stars Occupational Therapy working closely with other specialists, teachers, therapists and parents alike, teaching them the skills of listening and effective communication, the interpretation of non-verbal cues and the art of understanding others on a level that inspires long-term connection.

As an entrepreneur I found the skills of deep communication to be invaluable to establish trust with new clients, build a solid referral stream and to inspire my amazing team. After expanding my network and subsequently building my company, I was inspired to bring this knowledge of people to the business arena. Thus my second successful business, Be the Anchor, was launched.

I offer professional coaching, workshops and webinars to teach you how to be that trusted person for your clients, your team and your networking community. More than that, I want to demonstrate how you can be your own anchor, to maintain a point of security and stability that remains solid no matter what turbulence life brings.

Kari Lotzien
Occupational Therapist & Professional Speaker

My Anchor Story

About ME

I married my high school sweetheart. He was a charming boy with a love for adventure; staying out late, riding motorbikes and was always the life of the party. He was the fire to my water, the risk to my rules and was always surrounded by people. With our marriage, I inherited a “Papa Jack.”

Papa Jack was the first person to call me an anchor.  At first, I thought it was an insult. I equated the term “anchor” to “ball and chain”. It was years later, he gently explained the term to me over a cuppa coffee at the kitchen table. It went something like this…

“We all need anchors in life” he stated as he held his strong hand in a fist and pulled it downward toward the table. “You see, when things get a little crazy, we need that person who can ground us and hold us stable.”

Papa Jack was the definition of anchor to me. I witnessed this hundreds of times, sitting at that same kitchen table, listening to his stories of life, going to war, raising kids and grandkids, raising animals and farming.  I met him in his later years, after the intensity of life had settled a little and his gentle wisdom had risen to the surface to be shared with anyone who would join him at the table for a cuppa coffee*.

His wisdom guided us for many years, as we raised our own kids and moved through the various trials of life. The Anchored Parenting program is based on how I have used the concepts in my personal life and in my work as a pediatric occupational therapist for over 20 years.

I also used the concepts of being anchored as I built, established, and grew my business. When the world seas were stormy with changes in the economy or when budgets were tight, I returned again and again to these key concepts. Returning to a place of stability and subsequently finding my strength, I captained the ship of my business and led our team through many changes. I know that the world needs more leaders, we need leaders who know how to captain their ship and how to create stability no matter what turbulence life brings. The Anchored Leadership program brings these concepts into your business. Whether you are a solopreneur just starting out or an established business with a full team, Anchored Leadership will help you go to the next level.

*a cuppa coffee is not the same as a cup of coffee – a cuppa coffee is shared. It comes with wisdom, truth and vulnerability. When you sit down to a cuppa coffee with someone you bring the truth of yourselves together and you will walk away a better version of yourself


Here is what our clients are saying:

I have had the pleasure of working with Kari both personally and professionally. I am continued to be amazed by Kari’s knowledge and her ability to connect with both kids and parents! I have learned so many practical skills and get very excited at every opportunity we have for her to present. She has made such a difference in my personal and professional life and I cannot thank her enough for all of her hard work!

Robyn O’Connell

An AMAZING workshop! Everyone could benefit from immersing themselves in this material around trauma. What stuck with me was ‘to make an impact on someone, especially a child, there needs to be a strong connection, stability and safety. Correction won’t happen unless there is trust and hope.

Christine - Family School Enhancement Counsellor

Every time I go and listen to Kari talk I am blown away with all the knowledge. Learning about kids who “flip their lid” and understanding the behaviours has moved mountains in my household. The last course I went to was “Be The Anchor.” I actually went twice and both times I take something else out of it to better myself and my kids. Thank you so much Kari.

Holly Maier - Parent

I attended the highly informative, engaging, and inspiring Be the Anchor workshop put on by Kari Lotzien. As a parent, there are many questions on a day-to-day basis that we encounter, including the classic, “Am I doing this right?” The workshop provided me a little confidence, and more importantly, the tools to understand that I need to be there for my child in the way he needs. The world of parenting is tough, but Lotzien, in her comedic relief and informative manner, made me realize that we are not alone in that feeling. Walking away from the presentation I felt supported and refreshed. I would recommend this workshop to any parent.

Jessica Jones - Parent

Overall, extremely pleased with your session today. Lots of ideas shared that I can bring into my classroom and it got me reflecting on my own attitudes and beliefs. I appreciate your REAL suggestions and solutions and all the resources shared. Thank you for your wisdom. You were terrific!

Jen M. - Teacher

Kari is SO easy to listen to. As a kindergarten teacher, I always come away with REAL ideas I can use tomorrow. Great stories and a good sense of humour all add up to an extremely worthwhile day.

Wenda D. - Kindergarten Teacher

I loved the stories and link to real life experiences! I wrote so many notes and hardly even doodled! That tells you how engaged I was!

Ashley - Kindergarten Teacher

You were a breath of fresh air! No fluff, just simple strategies that we can all use and what ALL educators need to hear.

Corey - Teacher

Kari is a mass of compassionate, caring knowledge. I love her approach and attitude.


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