karen okonkwo

Karen is the co-founder of TONL, which seeks to transform the idea of stock photography by displaying images of diverse people and their stories around the world.

TONL’s photography and storytelling helps humanize and hopefully diminishes the stereotypes and prejudice against black and brown people, especially, to challenge the stale, homogenous look of traditional stock photography by showcasing the many ethnic backgrounds of every day people. Karen is a Nigerian-American social entrepreneur owning various companies in the event planning and online business realm. Having been an avid blogger since starting a site with her two sorority sisters in 2013, Karen struggled to display diversity on it. Her experience with this major setback in the online world and knack for planning and marketing make her passionate to display what the web has been missing.

Read an interview with Karen on Maekan.