Karen Walrond

VIP Breakfast Panel – Women Entrepreneurs

BlogHer Panelist-Closing Session: The intersection of craft, passion and sustainability

Karen is the author of Chookooloonks, an award-winning photoblog and community dedicated to showing how beautiful the world is, one image at a time. 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 and in the magazines¬†Good Housekeeping and Wondertime.¬†Karen’s new 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 Bright Sky Press, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com. The book inspired BlogHer’s Own Your Beauty initiative, where Karen is the lead blogger, and which also appears as part of USA Today’s OwnIt campaign.

Karen is also a former engineer and a current (though non-practicing) attorney. She is a sought-after keynote speaker, having covered topics as varied as parenthood, social media, and women in leadership. She has been quoted in and has appeared on both local and national television shows and other news media, including CNN.com and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Karen is originally from Trinidad & Tobago, but currently lives in Houston, Texas with Marcus (her English husband), Alex (her American daughter), and Rufus the Wonderdog. She holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Texas A&M University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Houston.

Web: www.chookooloonks.com