Networking is tough, especially if your happy place is in your studio, on your own. But when independence touches all parts of your life, success won’t come unless you eat your veggies and put yourself out there. In this session, Karen Wickre — a life-long writer, introvert, and, yes, connector of people — sits down with writer and editor Julie Kim to share tips for building a strong creative network by sticking to your own style, at your own pace, and without ever feeling like you need to “work the room.”
Karen Wickre has been called “the best-connected Silicon Valley figure you’ve never heard of” and a “powerful but unsung resource for tech industry insiders seeking career advice.” She’s worked as a communications pro in technology businesses for 30 years, including long stints at Google and at Twitter. Karen is the opposite of someone who “works the room.” Don’t look for her at late-night parties or showy conferences; she’s probably connecting with friends and strangers from the comfort of her laptop.
Julie started her career in the publishing department at SFMOMA and as a contributing writer for The Architect’s Newspaper. For the last 12 years, she's been working in communications roles at nonprofits and tech companies, including Slack, where she was editorial director for two years. Right now, Julie is devoting herself to freelancing, co-chairing the City Arts & Lectures board of directors, and caring for her disabled daughter, Izzy.
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