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Make light.

Light occurs naturally all around us --  early morning sunlight streaming through the forest canopy, moonlight on a still lake, stars bright in the desert night.  It can be breathtaking to witness.

But even more powerful is our astonishing ability to make light:  the way we care for ourselves, the way we care for others, the way we move through the world.

This is how we thrive:  we commit to making light

Let's do this.


about karen

Karen is a speaker, coach, photographer & author.

(And her books, keynotes and coaching sessions are all about inspiration and light.)

Her bestselling book, The Beauty of Different, is a chronicle of observations that what makes us different makes us beautiful -- and may even be the source of our superpowers.

A sought-after keynote and TEDx speaker, Karen has spoken around the United States and abroad to individuals and organizations on the topic of thriving, through leadership development, the magic of creativity, the valuing of cultural and racial diversity, and the power of social media.  

Finally, Karen's fine art photography pieces and projects have been included in exhibits around the country, and she uses creative exercises to help clients discover their own their gifts and superpowers, and how to use them in a way that allows them to thrive.





Karen has written and contributed to several books, all of which inspire you to look inwardly, rather than outwardly, for the truth.  Her book, The Beauty of Different, features the portraits and stories of people who have discovered their superpowers and learned to thrive, against all odds.  In addition, she has contributed both essays and photographs to other publications, on subjects that include both faith and expression. Each of Karen's writings illustrate and remind us that our uniqueness, skills and stories have the power to connect in the most beautifully different ways. 


Through her writing and photography, Karen inspires us to claim our voices and own the parts of us that make us authentic, beautiful and strong. What makes Karen’s work so compelling is that she walks the talk — she lives the principles that she shares with us.
— Brené Brown, New York Times bestselling Author of Daring Greatly & Rising Strong


Keynotes and workshops.

Karen is a sought-after keynote speaker on topics including self-empowerment, creativity and innovation, leadership, ethics and diversity.  She has spoken at universities, legal organizations and many other audiences around the country.  Karen’s TEDxHouston talk on the subject of resonance and "looking for the light" as reached over 90,000 viewers, and counting.  Audiences value Karen’s ability to connect through storytelling and vivid imagery, while providing concrete solutions that individuals and organizations can easily implement in their lives and strategic development.

Karen has the rare ability to engage a large audience just as she would any intimate conversation. Her humor, intelligence and remarkable experience are conveyed to a room of 1000 people just as if we were at the dinner table.
— Bryan Mason, Chief Operating Officer, VSCO


E-courses, retreats & one-on-one coaching.

Karen is the former Chief Counsel of Landmark Graphics Corporation, one of the largest software companies in the oil and gas  industry, as well as the former Chief of Staff of Halliburton Energy Services.  Karen is also a Daring Way™ Certified Facilitator, having been trained in Brené Brown's work on vulnerability, courage, shame-resilience and worthiness, including the teachings of Daring Greatly and Rising Strong.  

In addition, as a self-taught photographer (and journaling evangelist), Karen uses creativity and self-expression to help clients from all walks of life discover their own their gifts and superpowers, develop their leadership skills, and learn how to use them in a way that allows them to thrive.

If you need help figuring out where to go next in your personal or professional life, how to execute an idea that excites you, or leaping into new territory, I’d recommend having a convo with Karen. She asks the type of questions that will get you moving toward the answers you’re seeking, help you construct the steps you need to achieve what you’re after, and offer constructive insight that will propel you forward. Trust me — Karen’s the real deal.
— A'Driane Nieves, artist, writer & activist


Let's connect.

If you'd like me to speak at your next event, help your organization tell a story through words or images, would like to talk more about scheduling a coaching session or otherwise work with me, you can reach me at:

Karen Walrond
Chookooloonks Media LLC
650 W. Bough, Suite 150-108
Houston, Texas  77024
United States of America

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Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
— Harriet Tubman