With a BA Corporate Communications Degree, an honours degree in Psychology and a specialised postgraduate degree in BPsych Psychometrics Karolina has uniquely married these two diverse fields of study. Combined with her public profile platform from being a former top 5 Miss SA finalist and wining the very 1st coveted Miss Veet South Africa title, experience as a model in image and creating your own brand, communications, PR and public speaking skills, and expert knowledge in the field of psychology, she is able to motivate, inspire and create self awareness and become a trusted coach, keynote and motivational speaker. Karolina’s expert talks on personality dynamics, emotional intelligence, her signature talks about being beYOUtiful,self-esteem, self-image and self-perception, limiting beliefs,understanding and channelling potential, how to embrace, love and understand your true self,grooming, health, fitness and beauty, self fulfilling prophecies, holistic overall wellness, personal branding and self-presentation has a valuable place in all and any corporation.
Born in Poland and raised in South Africa, the stunning Karolina shot to fame in 2002 when she was placed in the top five of the Miss South Africa Pageant and won the very first coveted title of Miss Veet Legs South Africa. The latter saw her representing the brand in various capacities, from an exclusive yearlong Veet media campaign, brand ambassador to public speaker and motivator at the Veet countrywide road show workshops for young girls. This boosted her modelling career significantly and Karolina went on to become the face and legs of many international brands one of them being Revlon’s Divine perfume, SA’s official Lara Croft model as well as the face for Africa’s BIC Soleil range alongside SA rugby player, Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira. In addition, she graced the inserts of countless magazines; participated in numerous fashion shows, both locally and abroad, as a runway model.
Karolina completed her BA in communications with distinctions in communications, journalism and psychology, adding these skills to her previously completed training in TV presenting, undertaken with Nadia Bilchik, and acting and TV presenting, undertaken with Brumhilda van Rensburg.
During the same period she branched out into acting, with appearances in a number of music videos including ‘Tornado’ by Mandoza, ‘Runaway’ by Mark Beiling, ‘Pretty Thing’ by Evolver and ‘Magdalena’ by Adam Davis and ‘Living Next Door to Alice’ by Nicholis Louw and Heinz Winkler to mention a few.
All this perfectly positioned Karolina to take up numerous on-screen roles over the years. These included a Sex In The City promotion on then Channel Go TV, presenting TV inserts and in 2011 starring in Andre Scholtz’s feature film, Rainbow Skellums, which marked her official acting debut. Karolina has also appeared as a guest on various TV shows over the years most recently on channel ANN7’s “I am South African” TV show.
This varied entertainment industry experience, including valuable time spent honing her interviewing and public speaking skills, provided Karolina with a solid base to work from when running her own company, Runway Projects for 10 years (which has recently evolved into Sky Communications specialising in communications, PR and event management). She has succeeded in implementing & managing national events & PR strategies, national cosmetic & store launches, media relations and marketing communications strategies for various client as well as being in the forefront as a presenter & brand ambassador, allowing her a holistic understanding of the industry.
Karolina believes in continuous learning and that we are all forever students in our journey of life. She has always had a passion to help people and to understand the psychology of people, thus she pursued an honours degree in Psychology and further studied to obtain a specialised postgraduate degree in BPsych Psychometrics (the objective measurement of skills, personality traits, emotional intelligence, abilities and attitudes).
Karolina has been working in the corporate sector for over 13 years. Her studies, many years of entrepreneurial, corporate and people based experiences, offer a very unique approach to her basket of specialized offerings and has afforded her with a hands-on understanding of people. Being the entrepreneur she is, Karolina founded KR Consulting, which is a combined knowledge base consultancy of psychometrics, coaching and psychology based services. KRC offers businesses and individuals a specialized service in profiling peoples cognition such as their personality, potential, strengths, emotional intelligence and development areas. Karolina Rafalski holds accreditation certificates in an array of internationally accredited psychometric tools as well as assessments specifically designed and normed for the African market and culture, making them reliable and valid.
“People are an organisation’s largest asset and also their biggest challenge”. Karolina strives to give you the confidence of not only managing but also understanding your most crucial business asset, your employees.
In 2016 Karolina developed a workshop and program called beYOUtiful Minds which aspires to empower from within. She has started her signature movement of being beYOUtiful, discovering and embracing your unique qualities and strengths in order to proudly lead an authentic and fulfilled life. BeYOUtiful Minds workshops have no age limit, Karolina aspires too touch and inspire youth at an early age as well as adults. This life of ours is a constant journey of learning and self development says Karolina, age is not a factor.
Today Karolina is a mother, a wife, a business women and entrepreneur, a thought provoking writer, she aspires to touch peoples lives, motivate and create positive change. She especially loves to instil vision and hope in the eyes of youth and women.
Karolina can give expert talks on a range of topics ( not limited to) such as:
Personality Dynamics: Personality and sales, client relationships, company culture, communication, conflict, understanding your personality, self image, self confidence, personality types and team dynamics, team building (Karolina is internationally accredited in using the MBTI personality assessment tool).
Emotional intelligence –understanding emotional intelligence, stress, successful leadership, achieving goals. (Karolina is internationally accredited in using the EQ-I Emotional intelligence tool).
beYOUtiful Minds: a keynote talk or workshop empowering form within and encouraging self development and understanding of ones self and others.
Career Guidance, Career Development, Career Transitions.
Overcoming self sabotage and negative self beliefs.
Self-esteem and your self-fulfilling prophecy, self-image and self-perception.
Grooming, health, fitness and beauty.
Image: self image, limiting beliefs, self-confidence, self talk- your inner voice and how to look and feel good about yourself, holistic overall wellness.
Brand: personal branding and self-presentation.
Motivational talks for teens,young girls and women.
Team building workshops using the latest assessment tools.
Tailored workshops/talks according to clients request.