Karen Walrond


Karen Walrond is a lawyer, leadership coach, and activist. A Certified Dare To Lead™ Facilitator in Brené Brown’s research on courage, vulnerability and empathy, Walrond has helped thousands of people around the world find purpose and meaning in their work. As a photographer, she traveled throughout Africa with the ONE Campaign and serves on the board for the Houston Coalition Against Hate. Walrond and her work have been featured on PBS, Huffington Post, CNN.com, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Her award-winning blog, Chookooloonks, is a lifestyle, inspiration, and photography destination. A sought-after speaker, Karen is the host of the highly rated podcast “The Make Light Show”, the author of The Beauty of Different and The Lightmaker’s Manifesto, and a contributor to Disquiet Time and Expressive Photography.

Karen, her husband, and their daughter live in Houston, Texas.

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Karen and I chat about her new book The Lightmaker's Manifesto, her studying and writing about the intersection of joy and activism, her own claiming of the term activism, how stories provide an amazingly resonant way to connect with people, performance activism, and much more.