chookooloonks media :: helping you look for the light. 

If you're like most people who visit, you probably stopped here while cruising the virtual superhighway for a moment of beauty before starting your day.  And you're in good company, too:  while chances are you're North American, it's almost as likely that you're from somewhere else on this beautiful planet, perhaps from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East or the Caribbean.

I'm glad you're here.  Because in my experience, Chookooloonks readers are spectacular.

In fact, Chookooloonks readers generally believe in a world where anything beautiful is possible.  The site attracts an audience who is generally fascinated with photographytravelinspiration and self-empowerment.  As a result, Chookooloonks enjoys:

•  Over 30,000 unique visitors per month
•  Over 2,000 subscribers
•  Over 14,700 Twitter followers  
•  Over 7,500 Instagram followers
•  Over 4,500 Facebook followers and fans


Chookooloonks Media produces beautiful visual and virtual content on the subjects of leadership, self-determination and the concept of thriving.  In addition to the pairing of striking imagery and essays online, as well as keynote speeches delivered around the world, Karen Walrond and Chookooloonks Media have produced bestselling books, a viral TEDxHouston 2012 talk, and garnered several awards, including (but not limited to):  

Want to be a part of this?  Here's how we can make it happen.

  One of the images for   Tourism Australia #goaustralia campaign  .

Collaboration Opportunities & speaking engagements

Karen is available for 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;  also, Karen is available to for any speaking engagements on the topics of  creativity (through photography and journaling), self-image, social media, leadership, diversity, and human resource issues.  Former clients include:

  • Dove
  • Disney
  • 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


If you are interested in developing a visually beautiful and inspiring campaign — and feel that your products and/or services are closely aligned with the mission of Chookooloonks — contact aren directly at

  Speaking at the   Altitude Design Summit  .  (Photograph © 2015    Brooke Dennis  )

Speaking at the Altitude Design Summit.  (Photograph © 2015  Brooke Dennis)

speaking engagements

From intimate gatherings to town halls attended by hundreds, Karen has spoken on a variety of subjects, including topics as wide-ranging as creativity (through photography and journaling), self-image, social media, leadership, diversity, and human resource issues.    A small sampling of previous talks include:

Light Words:  Identifying your Beautiful Different.  We all have a general idea of what interests us, but what is it that you do that lights you up?  We will:  

  • do a journaling exercise to get to the core of what brings us joy
  • discover our Light Words: identify the activities that light us up, and are possible the sources of our superpowers
  • learn how we can incorporate our Light Words in our day-to-day lives

Suggested audience: 
Women of all ages interested in personal development.  (This can also be tailored for a professional  seminars, identifying how our unique attributes are actually tools for effective leadership.)


The Beautifully Different Organization:  Diversity and Innovation.  Corporations understand that focusing on the diversity of its employee base is the right thing to do; however, organizations of the future know that innovation and creativity depend on diversity.  In this talk we'll discuss:

  • a overview of employment laws relating to diversity and discrimination
  • case studies on organizations who have embraced  diversity as part of their innovation processes
  • tips on how to include diversity as part of the core values of an organization's DNA

Suggested audience:
Human resources and other professionals


Setting Your Course:  Using your Superpowers for Good.  Once you've identified what  lights you up, how do you use these superpowers to help change your world?  In this session we'll:

  • learn how to publicize our superpowers, to create opportunities to use them for good
  • create opportunities to serve, in ways that engage the activities that bring us joy

Suggested audience:  Individuals/entrepreneurs searching for ways to make a difference in their communities. (This can be tailored for organizations looking to inspire their memberships/employees to passionate and sustainable action.)


If you're interested in engaging Karen as a keynote speaker for your organizationplease click here to contact Karen directly.  (And click here to see a sampling of Karen's previous video appearances, including her TEDxHouston talk.)


    On assignment in Kenya   for the ONE Campaign. (Photograph © 2011   Morgana Wingard  )

On assignment in Kenya for the ONE Campaign. (Photograph © 2011 Morgana Wingard)



"The Beauty of Different is a message that we all need to hear! 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 share with us." 
Brené Brown, PhD, author of Daring Greatly  and The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are 

"With her passion, intelligence, flexibility and intuition, Karen is able to craft innovative messages that inspires her audience to think less, act more and make immediate impact in their organizations."
— Megan Choate, Manager, Solutions, Child Health Corporation of America

"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, President, Small Batch, Inc.

"Karen is a dynamic, passionate and inspiring speaker. She is able to easily and effectively engage the audience with her brilliance, warmth, compassion and humor."
— Jeannine Harvey, Senior Manager, Strategic Relationships, The ONE Campaign

"Karen has the unique ability to make you laugh, cry, learn and dream at the same time. She's an inspiring and empowering speaker. What a phenomenal woman!"
— Nyasha Smith, attorney and co-founder of Blogalicious, an annual social media conference for women bloggers

"Karen Walrond commands every room she enters. She knows exactly what to say and exactly how to say it. And her comic timing, gorgeous voice, and magnetic presence leave everybody she meets longing for more. She's an absolute star."
— Katherine Center, novelist and author of The Bright Side of Disaster, Everyone is Beautiful and Get Lucky