Advance Praise

What Others Are Saying


Christina Hale, Indiana State RepresentativeA productive, healthy way forward.”

“Karen Mangia gets things done. Good things for people she knows well, and people she may never even meet. With the heart of a servant leader, keen insight and a strong intellect, Karen offers a productive, healthy way forward.”

– Christina HaleIndiana State Representative and Candidate for Lieutenant Governor 2016



Chris Westfall, Author of BulletProof Branding and The NEW Elevator Pitch“When it’s time to stop the noise and start listening to who you really are, read this book.”

“Life doesn’t have to be a struggle.  There is a simpler way to success, and it’s easier than you might think.  With a fresh and relevant approach, Karen’s message can impact your health, your relationships, your career…your life.”

Chris Westfall, author of BulletProof Branding and The NEW Elevator Pitch



Sherrie Bossung, RN, MBA, Lilly Foundation“No matter where you are and no matter what life throws at you, this book will make a difference.”

“Karen’s journey to find herself is one that anybody can relate to—she shares advice that’s more than just diet, exercise and career. It’s advice about life a life with no regrets.”

– Sherrie Bossung, RN, MBA, Vice President, Lilly Foundation



Gary Ginstling, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra“Counter-intuitive and powerful.”

“Success With Less shows how to keep moving forward with ease and confidence, even in the toughest circumstances.”

– Gary Ginstling, CEO of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra



Aliza Hutchison, Communications Consultant“For all of us in the Type-A tribe, who start everyday ready to conquer the world… Skip your midlife crisis and read this book.”

“You still can have it all and be happy too, when you’re definition of ‘all’ is the right one.”

– Aliza Hutchison, Director of Business Transformation, SolomonEdwards



Diane Rupert, Executive Coach“Travel with Karen as she shares her personal journey

of how she released her ‘should do’s’ and began investing her time and energy on her true mission: becoming her amazing authentic self.”

– Diane Rupert, President, The Rupert Group, Inc



Michael Pettry, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir“Why didn’t this book exist already? Brilliant!” 

“In the world of books melding personal and professional wellness, this book provides a new (and desperately needed) perspective. Success With Less is both practical and inspiring.”

– Michael Pettry, Executive Director,  Indianapolis Symphonic Choir



Sali Christenson, CEO and Founder, Argent“This book takes the tricky stuff of life

relationships, career management, health, diet and wellness—and offers a powerful formula for simplifying all of it. And thanks to Karen’s candid storytelling, it’s incredibly fun to read.”

– Sali Christeson, Co-Founder and CEO, Argent



Ball State University Logo“The definition of Success has been driven by the culture of corporate America since the start of the Industrial Revolution.”

“Karen provides us the valuable insights on how Less makes life balanced and complete.”

– Stephen Jones, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies, Ball State University



Jeff Cristee“Working closely with Karen over the last 20 years, I saw only the overachieving success part of her story.”

“The fact that she had been leveraging the methodology she discusses here—to overcome many of the obstacles that she endured so gracefully—is testament to its power and its impact in her life.”

– Jeff Cristee, Vice President Worldwide Sales Training and Development, Cisco Systems



James Blum“We’ve all been at a crossroads in life.”

“In Success With Less, Karen shows courage and vulnerability in talking about the hard lessons she has learned in her health, work and relationships. Thanks for sharing your story with us, Karen. It is a shining light unto the path of all who will read and enable.”

– James Blum Partner, Strategic Sales AdvisorsFormer Vice President of Sales Operations, Cisco Systems



Randy Pond

“Life throws crisis moments at all of us—those crossroads we all have to face.”

“Karen shows how to move forward, even in the toughest circumstances. Her story is powerful, because it’s a story for everyone.”

– Randy Pond, Former EVP Operations, Cisco Systems