Get to Know IBG – Karen!
1. Describe the many different responsibilities you perform for IBG and what is the most challenging part of your job?
I manage business affairs and graphic design for IBG. Essentially I handle the administrative/ accounting aspects of our events. As far as the graphics go, I produce the programs for our events and any other artwork promotionals needed. The most challenging part has been balancing my work load both with IBG and my “9-5″ job. (Those of you who know me know what I mean by “9-5″.) It’s a challenge, but the accomplishments are well worth it. Plus, I’ve never been one to back down from a challenge.
2. Can you pick a favorite moment or memory from all the fundraising events IBG has organized thus far?
This is extremely difﬁcult…I can’t choose just one; there’s so many and each holds a special meaning for various reasons both on a personal and professional level. I must say, though, that the Conversation Series with Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny and Chris Carter left such a feeling of fulﬁllment and gratitude in terms of the amount raised for SA-YES and the scale of the event itself. Knowing we at IBG produced an event which brought together talent who’s work we admire and a group of donors who got the chance to see people they admire. It was an event which raised much needed funds for such a wonderful and well deserving charity and it was truly an honor. This is why we do it, will continue to do so and why we give it our all.
3. What inspires you on a daily basis?
I, being an eternal optimist, ﬁnd inspiration from so many people and things. The moon set across a gorgeous sky; the laughter of a child; my family and friends; a great movie, performance, book or play; a song or painting; the ocean; a kindness; words of wisdom…or not such wise words, but ones coming from the heart; aspiring to reach our dreams; overcoming adversity. I can go on and on, but what I also ﬁnd truly inspirational is strength of will. To quote a friend and person I admire, Edith Gonzalez (actress), “the strength of will to reach our dreams is within us.” Now that is truly inspirational.
4. In the next ﬁve years, what do you believe IBG can accomplish?
There are many aspirations we’re striving for, both in terms of charities and causes we’d like to help bring to the forefront and events we’d like to produce. Right now we’re at a point where we’re making a name for ourselves, not only with the talent we work with and would like to work with, but with the donors and charities as well. I have full conﬁdence we can grow IBG to a level where we’ll be producing events on a grander scale, which in turn means much more help for all the deserving causes out there…especially the ones needing the awareness. We’re well on our way, but there is much to do. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it was built nonetheless.
5. What is one item or moment someone has given to you that you will never forget?
I have been blessed with experiencing wonderful moments and receiving many meaningful things from people. I always say every experience in my life, whether good or bad was worth it for it has made me who I am and taken me to where I am…for that I am thankful. Having the friendship of my best friend, Alexandria, is not only unforgettable and means the world to me, but also holds the utmost importance in my life for many personal reasons. For that I am grateful.
6. Now for a Thanksgiving pie question…which would you rather ﬁll your plate with: pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie, or sweet potato pie?
Tiramisu!!! Not on the list? Hmmm, I say it should be on everyone’s list during a holiday, gathering, or just a random day of yumminess. It’s my absolute favorite dessert! Not a pie? Well I say let’s make tiramisu pie!
Stay tuned next Friday for another round of Q&A’s!