Coach and development partner.

Professional image presence guide.

Keynote and conference speaker.

Instigator and


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.

What KKBI Does...

...all from a place of mindfulness









Hello! I am Karen Bannister, and I look forward to working with you!

The short version of who I am - I make you and your business look good and operate smoothly.


But, if you want the long version, here it is: I am a Business Coach; a Powerful Presence, Image, Etiquette, and Personal Branding Consultant; Author; Educator; and Creator of KKB Soft Skills Academy®.


Everything I do and teach resides within the ABCDE’s of Image: Appearance, Behaviors, Communications, Digital Footprint, and Environment, and I aspire to live a PINK life: Purposeful, Inspirational, Nurturing, and Kind.


I am certified as a life coach, an image consultant, and an administrative professional - from different companies 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 in the C-suite, for 25 years.

I started my own business as an executive coach and image consultant in 2019 after years of doing the same work “on the job” and helping countless others achieve their goals. I absolutely love this work and find personal joy and satisfaction when able to help others grow.

Now, in 2020, in response to inquiries and how I know I can best serve my current and future clients, I am pivoting my business to focus on business coaching and image consulting, including etiquette training and presence development. Let me further clarify:

  • Business Coaching: Marketing and Sales Processes and Strategies, Communications, Social Media, Organization, Time Management, Public Speaking

  • Presence, Image, Etiquette, Personal Branding Consulting: ABCDE’s of Image and Branding, Personal Polish


My focus is on helping image professionals (image consultants, stylists, personal shoppers, designers, retailers), beauty professionals (hair, make-up, skin care), interior designers, and health coaches.


As a business coach, I do not instruct or guide how to actually BE an image consultant or health coach (there are schools and certifications for that), but rather how to start, run, and grow your actual business.

As an image consultant, I work with these same professionals - as well as other entrepreneurs and individuals (on a select basis) - to develop their personal and professional image and brand, and personal etiquette (I love rules and standards, as well as helping others feel comfortable in all situations).

My Why

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

A little more about me:

  • 2020-2021 AICI (Association of Image Consultants International) WEST Chapter President (and was the 2019-2020 AICI WEST VP Communications)

  • BS in Business Administration, Organizational Leadership, from Southern New Hampshire University (Summa Cum Laude)

  • A graduate of the Fashion Stylist Institute as a Certified Image Consultant

  • A Certified Life Coach through the Life Coach Institute of Orange County

  • Certificate holder in interior design from the Interior Design Institute; honored with their Hall of Fame designation

  • Spent first 25 years of career in administrative management, training and supporting others at all levels, from the C-suite to the manufacturing floor

  • The 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"

  • Host and producer of "The Business of Powerful Presence" podcast

  • 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 if you're looking “woo-woo”...that’s not me.

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

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

  • My favorite color is pink (think ballet slippers pink)

The How

A coach is a powerful business tool - a secret weapon, I might add. My skills allow me to operate as a silent partner, as your spare conscience, and a voice of reason, an unconditional supporter, and personal challenger. I expect and push you to find your best self. I see through walls, personal roadblocks and denials, and do not shy away from asking the difficult questions.

As your development 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, the client, with customized objectives and activities for achieving your goal.

Contact Karen for your free consultation to start your path toward your best self!