Chookooloonks Media: the light is everything. 


Through the pairing of striking imagery and essays, as well as keynote speeches delivered around the world, Karen Walrond is passionate about sharing what it means to thrive. In her mission to spread the word, Karen has published a bestselling book, The Beauty of Different  (which reached #1 on Amazon's bestsellers list for portrait photography), had her TEDxHouston 2012 talk go viral, and her website, Chookooloonks, has garnered several awards, including (but not limited to):

Metrics attracts an audience who is generally fascinated with photography, travel, inspiration and life, and many say they visit Chookooloonks each morning for a moment of beauty before starting their days.  These are folks who are passionate about living out loud.   While the Chookooloonks community is primarily American, readers come from all over the world, representing North and South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

Chookooloonks enjoys:

  • Over 39,000 page views per month
  • Over 34,000 unique visitors per month
  • Over 14,000 Twitter followers 
  • Over 2,200  Instagram followers
  • Over 3,500 Facebook followers and fans 
  • A Klout score of 72

Collaboration Opportunities

Opportunities are available on Chookooloonks for collaborating on marketing campaigns whose messages and aesthetics closely tie into the mission of the site.  In the past, Karen has collaborated with:

  • 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 (also shown below) — please click here to contact Sway Group for more information, or send an email directly to

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.    

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 Karen in previous video appearances.)



To engage in the relentless pursuit of real, uncontrived beauty, in every form. To illustrate that beauty is everywhere, even (and sometimes especially) in the most unlikely places. In so doing, to work tirelessly to counter negativity, violence, discrimination and desperation, and join forces with those who celebrate positivity, peace, kindness and joy. To convince the skeptical of their uncommon beauty, and to create tools for helping the weary see the beauty in their own lives. To provide hard, irrefutable evidence that there is good in the world, and to be fiercely dedicated to showing how beautiful our planet really is, one image at a time.


"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