I've spoken on topics that include self-empowerment, creativity and innovation.  

I've spoken extensively on leadership, ethics, diversity and inclusion at universities, legal organizations and many other audiences around the country.  Because of my diverse legal, corporate and creative background, I focus on topics as wide-ranging as leadership, diversity, self-image, creativity, social media and human resource issues.  

From intimate gatherings and workshops, to town halls attended by hundreds, I can tailor a message specific to your organization's needs.

I'm also a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, trained in Brené Brown's work on vulnerability, courage, empathy and worthiness.

My keynotes and workshops include these concepts, specifically addressing how vulnerability -- the ability to show up in the midst of uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure -- is the strongest measure of courage that we have, courage which can help foster innovation and creativity.


And as part of my work encouraging others to "look for the light," my TEDxHouston talk on the subject of resonance has reached over 95,000 viewers, and counting.

I've spoken to diverse audiences and my client list is wide-ranging, including Getty Images, Child Health Corporation of America, the University of Houston, Dove, Fort Benning Maneuver Center of Excellence, among many others.  I've appeared on both local and national television shows and other news media, contributing to organizations including PBS, Huffington Post, CNN.com, Sheryl Sandberg's LeanIn.org and both the Oprah Winfrey Show and Oprah.com.

Karen Walrond's lunchtime keynote at the Erma Bombeck Writers' Conference at the University of Dayton, Ohio -- April 6, 2018. Lessons learned from natural disasters and attempted murder. (45 minutes)

Hurricane Harvey filled Karen Walrond’s home in Houston with almost 3 ft. of water, forcing her family to evacuate and rely on the support of others. That experience taught her that in the face of a crisis, there is only one kind of help that makes a difference. (3 minutes)

Karen Walrond has such a wonderful way of elucidating and higlighting the beauty of the individual, and the wonderful promise and peril of the diversity of our world. After returning from a trip to Ethiopia, she shares with us some of her experiences, and her broader mission of helping people see The Beauty of Different. (16 minutes)

Mom, blogger, and photographer Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks.com talks about her family's media habits, children's media, and her love of WordGirl and PBS KIDS.  (2 minutes)

Do you move to the beat of your own drum, or must you conform to the mainstream culture to be happy and fit in? At a time of numerous incidents when many are bullied simply for not complying, is there beauty in being different?  (28 minutes)

Finally, I'm also an attorney and an active member of the State Bar of Texas.

As the former Chief Counsel of Landmark Graphics Corporation, one of the largest software companies in the oil & gas industry, as well as the former Chief of Staff of Halliburton Energy Services, I have extensive experience in strategy development, change management processes, corporate ethics management and education.  



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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 social media conference