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Karena L. Hooks, MSW, PCC (she/her)
Professional Certified Coach, Retreat Host, Racial Equity Consultant

I am a Black, cisgender, queer woman. I was born and raised in California by two southern blues/country musicians, a Black father from Mississippi and a white mother from Tennessee. I deeply love music, the ocean, community, martial arts, poetry, learning, teaching and traveling. Laughing is simply soul-fuel to me.

I earned my bachelor's degree from New York University, and my master's degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Washington. Additionally, I am a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation (ICF). With over 20 years of experience as an educator in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEI-B), Social Services, and Community Engagement, I've been recognized as one of Seattle's Top 15 Impactful Coaches by Influence Digest and my infinite commitment to meaningful change was highlighted in a groundbreaking segment on KING 5's Facing Race series.


Karena Hooks

My passion and experiences have led me to all things social justice and healing while I dream of making freedom and liberation a reality. My superpower is my ability to make deep connections in an instant. I listen for what’s not being said, and I explore the soul of a person with curiosity. My why is influenced by what I’ve witnessed and experienced from trauma to triumph. I truly believe in the power of liberation - for you, for me, for each of us.


My journey has led me to create a collective movement that’s focused on offering premier coaching services and transformational healing retreat experiences. By prioritizing heart-centered growth, I utilize anti-oppressive practices and experiential techniques to ignite individual, collective, and global transformation.


So, let's partner!  And, I enthusiastically invite you to apply at one of our future retreats. Let’s embark on an inspiring and fulfilling journey together!


At Hooks Global, we believe in a world where our hearts beat in harmony to the sound of our own music. We offer a holistic transformational experience that ignites our power to heal.


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