about Karen


Karen Walrond is an author and photoessayist.


Karen's bestselling book, The Beauty of Different, is a chronicle of imagery and portraiture, combined with written essays and observations on the concept that what makes us different makes us beautiful -- and may even be the source of our superpowers. It is available from Barnes & NobleAmazonBright Sky Press, and other booksellers around the world.  In addition, her fine art photography pieces and projects have been included in exhibits around the country. She is a contributor to the book Expressive Photography: A Shutter Sisters' Guide to Shooting from the Heart, a guide for beginning and intermediate photographers for adding heart and soul to their imagery.  Karen's writing, images and other projects have been featured on CNN.com, USA Today, Good Housekeeping and Wondertime magazines, among others.  Karen is also the creative mind behind the award-winning website, Chookooloonksan inspirational source for living with intention, creativity and adventure, and featuring travel, art, food and life.

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. She has appeared on both local & national television and other news media, including PBSHuffington PostCNN.com and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

She is a proud and awestruck member of the ONE Girls and 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.

Karen is originally from Trinidad & Tobago, but currently lives in Houston, Texas with Marcus (her English husband), and Alex (her American daughter). She's 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.  She is an active member of the State Bar of Texas.

about Chookooloonks


First published in 2004, Chookooloonks is an award-winning lifestyle, travel, inspiration and photography website, about living with intention and a sense of adventure  Chookooloonks illustrates what it means to thrive.  

Chookooloonks' accolades include receiving the 2014 Iris Award for Best Photography2012 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 (Judges' Choice); and was a finalist in The 2011 Bloggies. In addition, Karen was named one of the Top 50 Twitter Moms of 2011 by Babble.com for @chookooloonks.

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Work With Karen

Karen is available for speaking engagements, as well as collaborating on photography and interactive marketing campaigns whose missions closely tie into the message and aesthetic of Chookooloonks, and for which Karen is allowed creative control.  Former clients include:

  • Dove
  • TEDxHouston
  • TEDxSanAntonio
  • Tourism Australia
  • La Crema Wines
  • Wells Fargo
  • Getty Images
  • ONE
  • Nikon 
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • PepsiCo
  • Quaker
  • PBS
  • Child Health Corporation of America
  • SXSW
  • DECA
  • TWit TV
  • University of Houston Bauer College of Business
  • BlogHer 
  • The World Domination Summit 
  • Go Mighty
  • The Creative Connection Event
  • Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop
  • Fort Benning Maneuver Center of Excellence


For more on how Karen can help your organization, click here for her media kit.  



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