Following 11 months in Colombia as an English teacher for the Peace Corps, former intern Karen Kacir is back with the Curley & Pynn team as our newest communications specialist.
Read on to learn more about this quick-witted member of our office family.
What motivated you to pursue a career in public relations?
I’ve always been fascinated by creative storytelling. Having come of age in the era of social media, I was drawn to businesses and nonprofits that used compelling narratives to cut through the clutter and make themselves heard. I liked the idea of learning to communicate smarter, not louder.
What is your favorite memory of being in Colombia with the Peace Corps?
I had the chance to live with three host families during my time in Colombia. Without a doubt, the members of my families were some of my closest friends. One of my host moms, Gloria, has a special place in my heart – she could sense when I was having a bad day (or, could understand my broken Spanish when I tried to communicate that I was feeling down) and would brighten it up without fail. Once, to cheer me up, she took me on a hike through the pueblo in a downpour. When her concerned neighbors asked what she was doing, she replied that it was the perfect weather for a walk. Her humor, kindness and indefatigable optimism stand out very clearly in my mind as a highlight of my time at site.
If you had to present on any topic without preparation, what would it be?
I could probably lead a presentation on all things related to bullet journaling, including how to make the journal itself out of printer paper, embroidery floss and a record sleeve.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
I would want to be able to teleport and take other people with me. Not only would it eliminate my commute, but I’d also have the ability to spend more time with my loved ones scattered around the globe.