"We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk."


--Thomas Moore


Karen K. Bannister

Coach and development partner.

Professional image presence guide.

Keynote and conference speaker.

Instigator and truth-teller.

Hello and Welcome!

You are on the verge of realizing the growth and development you deserve and desire.

The hardest part can sometimes be just taking the first step.

Let's get started together.

Your beliefs and understanding and love of self determine everything else in your life.


I focus my work those on who, for a multitude of reasons, desire to want to reengage with their authentic selves, visually, physically, mentally, and spiritually by creating their own realities.

I know how to garner attention and command a room.

I'm not only a stylist, and I don't post outfits of the day. Appearance is actually the final layer to learn.

I don't follow trends (although I do enjoy them) - because I DO embrace authenticity.

I am certified as a life coach, an image consultant, and an administrative professional - through different organizations and for unique, although very closely related, purposes. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with my BS in Business Administration, Organizational Leadership, and have worked in the corporate world (both private and public), supporting and leading in the C-suite, for 25 years.

After more than a decade of doing the needed exhaustive inner personal work, and realizing I had already been coaching "on the job" and helping countless executives and peers achieve their goals, I started my own business to help even more succeed in their journeys.

I combine the principles of leadership and personal work to show you how to exercise your agency, self-worth, and personal power.

I am an empath, healer, and Reiki Master. My work is service-based, heart-centered, full of energy, light, and spirituality.

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A little more about me:

  • Experienced a MAJOR spiritual awakening in 2017, and possess an intuitive, confident yet vulnerable, and open nature.

  • I'm direct, challenging, and honest - but also kind, supportive and encouraging. I'm engaged with and powered by energy received from the universe. But don't let the pink fool you...I'm not invited to meetings to play devil's adovcate for nothing

  • Member and Former Chapter President, Association of Image Consultants International (AICI)

  • First Fashion and Lifestyle Writer/Editor of the Orange County Business Journal

  • Author of Close the Gap: 7 Transformational Steps to Move You From Today to Tomorrow 

  • Mom to a perfect, adult-age son (I may be biased, but it's true.)

  • I love animals and have two cats, Bobo and Baby.

  • I probably wear too much black, but I love it so much.

My Why

To empower people to shed their limiting beliefs, take action on their goals and take control of their future best selves.

I operate as a silent partner, as your spare conscience, an unconditional supporter, and personal challenger. I push you to find your best self. I see through walls, personal roadblocks, and do not shy away from asking the difficult questions.

As your partner, my coaching and guidance are unconditional and impartial, and my only objective is your success. This relationship is a neutral, safe place to work and think through topics of your choosing.

I put the needs of my clients above any personal gain. Without your success, I have none - and I find my greatest joy in seeing your results. Your plan is created by you, with customized objectives and activities for achieving your goal.


The How

A coach is a powerful, necessary, and proven business tooland your own secret weapon for success.

I provide highly sought-after 1:1 services, tailored to your needs.

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Contact Karen to learn more about your new path toward your best self!