She's also a former engineer and an attorney, holding a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center.  She is an active member of the State Bar of Texas.  

All of these skills, combined with her passion for empowering others toward self-determination and leadership, helped Karen become one of 2016's 40 over 40 Women to Watch, as well as one of YWCA-Houston's 2016 Outstanding Women of the Year.

And her mission is to help you look for the light

(Keep scrolling to learn how.)

 
 

First, Karen is the creative mind behind Chookooloonks, an award-winning lifestyle, travel, inspiration and photography destination. First published in 2004, Chookooloonks is all about living with intention and a sense of adventure.  Here, you'll learn what it means to thrive.

During the 13 years that Chookooloonks has been in existence, it has earned many accolades, including receiving the 2014 Iris Award for Best Photography, 2012 Top 100 Mom Blog and 2011 Top 50 Mom Blog from Babble.com, Best Eye Candy Blog 2010 of the 2010 BlogLuxe Awards; the 2010 Black Weblog Best Photoblog Award (Judge's Choice); and was a finalist in the 2011 Bloggies.

In addition, Karen is a bestselling author, and has also contributed both photographs and essays to books on faith and self-expression.  You can read all about it here.

And of course, Karen never tires of traveling all over the world capturing joy and light.


 
 

Second, 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 value of cultural and racial diversity and the power of social media.

She is a sought-after keynote and TEDx speaker, and is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, having been trained in Brené Brown's work on vulnerability, courage, shame-resilience and worthiness.  She has appeared on both local and national television and other news media, including PBS, Huffington Post, CNN.com and The Oprah Winfrey Show.  She has won several awards, including the YWCA Houston Outstanding Woman Award.

She is also a proud and awestruck member of the ONE Girls & Women Advisory Board, a part of the ONE Campaign, a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease in developing countries, particularly in Africa.


 
 

And finally, through creativity and self-expression, Karen can help you discover your gifts, superpowers, and what it means to thrive.

Whether through one-on-one coaching, retreats and workshops or online courses, Karen can help encourage you on your path to your own self-discovery.  Using tools rooted in the field of positive psychology and focused introspection, you will create your own guideposts toward a more fulfilling life.


 

 

Karen is originally from Trinidad & Tobago, but currently lives in Houston, Texas with Marcus (her English husband), Alex (her American daughter), and Soca the WonderMutt.


Karen’s insightful coaching, her gift for storytelling with words, photography and art, her accessibility, humour and wit create a sense of belonging, affirmation and validation. You are in excellent hands!
— Yvonne Whitelaw, MD, MPH, Physician Coach and Advocate