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LIVE in the INNER CIRCLE with KAREN CHAMBERS

Welcome, my name is Ondine Landa and I am the founder of LASIRENE DESIGNS a handcrafted jewelry line. Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have been holding giveaways of my jewelry from my private FB page, LASIRENE's INNER CIRCLE. Giving away jewelry to healthcare workers and clients was a way to send out love into a world that needed some joy and beauty. In late June, I felt like I wanted to start talking to other women about their journey. I started having guests and renamed my giveaways, LIVE in the INNER CIRCLE.  These interviews with amazing women entrepreneurs are all about being on the journey of life and finding joy and purpose building companies that match our lifestyles and who we are as women.

Today, I am thrilled to welcome, Karen Chambers, as this week's guest. Karen is the Executive Vice President of IMAN Cosmetics, a pioneer beauty brand for Women of Color. She was named one of the beauty industry's leading women to watch by Upscale Magazine, and her list of accomplishments is long and impressive (see below). 

But, beyond that,  Karen is a beautiful, generous, wise woman, who has been steadfast in her journey to live the best version of her life. Take a listen on how she takes a holistic approach to her work-life balance and wellness.  Hear how she weaves her training in Reiki (I & II) along with other transformational work, including being an ordained interfaith Minister to build a life that gladdens her heart and reflects her deep commitment to empowerment, diversity, and multicultural intersectionality. You will be inspired by Karen, of that I am sure!

If you want to learn more about Karen, read below and visit her on her IG account

 Karen's Bio

Karen Chambers is the Executive Vice President of IMAN Cosmetics, a pioneer beauty brand for Women of Color. She was named one of the beauty industry's leading women to watch by Upscale Magazine. Prior to IMAN, Ms. Chambers directed product development and marketing for several multicultural and niche brands including Flori Roberts, Dark & Lovely, Nexxus, Dermablend, Posner, Black Radiance, and Ashley Stewart.

Her industry credits include two ESSENCE Beauty Awards, and Allure Best in Beauty award, an Oprah "O-Ward" and several successful launches and collaborations with partners such as Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Jay Manuel, Telemundo, Essence Fest, AARP, and AfroPunk.

Ms. Chambers began her career freelancing at NY Fashion Week and in luxury showrooms as a stylist-assistant/makeup artist, with Audrey Smaltz & The Ground Crew. She later became Managing Editor of Black Elegance and was a contributing travel, beauty, and lifestyle writer for Black Enterprise, BlackPlanet.com, Nexxt, and Spa Odyssey magazines.

Academically, Ms. Chambers is an alumna of Rutgers University's Douglass College with a BA in Communication and minors in English and Africana Studies. She takes a holistic approach to work-life balance and wellness and is certified in Reiki Levels 1 and 2, Huna, and Integrated Energy Therapy. She has also trained extensively in the transformational coaching process of  Landmark Education and is an ordained Interfaith Minister with a passionate commitment to empowerment, diversity, and multicultural intersectionality.