The Memphis native and Howard University grad landed an unpaid internship in the publicity department at Island Def Jam Recordings, where her creativity and work ethic were immediately noticed.
Grammy award-winning artist Ne-Yo recruited her to oversee the day-to-day operations of his management company, and a later stint with Sony music. Then Sean “Diddy” Combs hired Karleen as the Senior Executive Assistant at Bad Boy Entertainment, putting her in charge of coordinating his multi-million dollar business entities, including external partnerships and talent relationships. Karleen quickly became known industry-wide for her business savvy and masterful execution of the most elaborate events. In 2013, she struck out on her own, creating The Vanity Group, offering top-shelf corporate clients and a-list celebrities one-of-a-kind wrap-around services with her trademark style and vision. Hailed by Forbes magazine as an “innovator” in the world of luxury lifestyle experiences, Karleen’s clients rely on her unmatched expertise in popular culture, business, and talent relations. Within a few years of opening her doors, Karleen established The Vanity Group as the boutique agency of choice for discerning clients who demand the very best.