"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



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.

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 presence, image, and personal branding consultant; business and mindset coach; author; speaker; 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.


The practice of Mindfulness is the foundation of KKBI’s three-tiered business to design an integrative lifestyle for clients. I have made it my mission to guide and coach women toward a purposeful, intentional, natural, and kind lifestyle (P.I.N.K. Lifestyle™) through image and presence enrichment, integrative self-care, mindful thinking, and spiritual awareness.

I live my life in continuous development and growth.

For the first 25 years of my professional career, I worked in the corporate world (private, public, and government), either as part of or supporting C-Suite executives. I consistently attended workshops, conferences, and classes to learn more on multiple subjects (and still do now)! I graduated Summa Cum Laude with my BS in Business Administration, Organizational Leadership.

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.

It all starts on the inside with your mindset.

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

First, as an image & presence consultant, I focus on working with professional women to develop their executive presence, professional image, and personal brand to create a physical representation of their personality, inner strength, and self-image.


The health and wellness component, the newest addition to KKBI, is based on eco-awareness, self-care, holistic practices, and spiritual pursuit and studies, and will include information and offerings on skin care, healthy eating, and connection to nature.

Finally, my business & mindset coaching services are designed for personal service providers (image and beauty professionals, interior designers, and health/wellness coaches) - and focus on not on how to 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.

President of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Downtown Chapter

2020-2021 President of the WEST Chapter of the 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 

(and my 2nd book is due out soon!)


Host of my own podcast, P.I.N.K. Lifestyle™ Podcast, and co-host and producer of The Conscious Choice Living Podcast

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:

  • A Certified Image Consultant through the Fashion Stylist Institute.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 favorite color is ballet pink (shocking, right?).


The How

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

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 Strategy Session to start your path toward your best self!

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