Feb. 19 Kickstart event
People with the coolest jobs in town tell you how they got ‘em … and how you can get the next one. Join speakers across an array of communications fields, including journalism, marketing/PR and social media, as they discuss the job choices that brought them to where they are today. They’ll also share tips on how you can parlay your unique experiences and talents into engaging new opportunities now and throughout your career.
Lara Bain (’05) is the founder of Outpost Media, a local PR and Social Media consulting firm. In this role, she helps businesses connect with customers through traditional and new media channels. Prior to founding Outpost Media, Lara supported social media, PR and marketing for Nordstrom. Lara graduated from the University of Washington in 2005 with a degree in journalism and a minor in political science. As a student, she participated in several internships, including the legislative reporting internship for The Everett Herald and a fellowship at The Seattle Times. She is currently a contributing writer to Northwest Wine Anthem and enjoys spending time with her husband and her boxer dog, Marlow.
For more than 14 years, Karen Bryant (’02) has been involved with professional women’s sports. Currently the president and CEO of the Seattle Storm, the two-time WNBA champions, Bryant’s leadership has helped guide the Storm to be recognized as one of the league’s premier independently owned franchises. She has taken the Storm from an expansion team to an independent entity – an entrepreneurial feat. Bryant started her career in sports in 1996, as the director of operations for the American Basketball League’s Seattle Reign, where she later served as general manager. In 1999, she was recruited by the Seattle SuperSonics to lead the organization’s effort to secure a WNBA expansion franchise. In 2008, the Seattle Storm became an independent organization, upon the relocation of the SuperSonics. The same year, Bryant was named the Storm’s chief executive officer. Bryant is responsible for overseeing business and basketball operations for the organization, including long-term growth strategies and developing partnerships and initiatives focused on support for women and girls. With her leadership, Storm revenue has increased 162%. Under Karen Bryant’s leadership and guidance, the Storm won the WNBA championship in 2004 and 2010.
Forest Gibson is a Seattle based Director/Producer/Actor with a Tech and Marketing background. His first job out of UW was marketing for Coca Cola. He then moved to Banyan Branch, where he did social media marketing for companies like Fox, Paramount, and Parallels. He left to consult a local music technology startup called Bookr, became their Chief Marketing Officer and later President. After that, he worked with Cheezburger on their web series “Know Your Meme” and starred in the Bravo TV series “LOLwork”. He is now Executive Producer and Principal of the boutique creative agency, Cinesaurus. Twitter: @forestgibson
Autumn Monahan (’02) currently serves her community as the City of Issaquah’s Communications Manager. Based in the Mayor’s Office, she manages all forms of the City’s communications, including its website, TV channel, radio station and newsletters. She also serves as a strategic advisor to the City’s leadership team. Before joining the City, Autumn worked as an Account Executive for MWW Group, one of the five largest independent public relations firms in the world. During her time at MWW, she worked on a variety of public relations programs for both national clients (such as Samsung and Gardenburger), as well as smaller start-up tech companies. Autumn also worked as a journalist for several years, most recently as the editor of the Sammamish Review, a 48-page community newspaper that’s published twice a month. Autumn graduated in 2002 from the University of Washington with a bachelor of arts in communications and political science. As a senior, she served as an intern for The Seattle Times and the Seattle Art Museum.
Kim Holcomb is a reporter and fill-in host for Evening Magazine and New Day Northwest. She started as a one-man band news reporter in Yakima, WA, making minimum wage and loving every moment. She moved on to other anchoring and reporting jobs in Boise, ID, Las Vegas, NV and Phoenix, AZ. Seattle is her favorite (and, she hopes, final) career move. At Evening, Kimʼs interviewed some of Hollywoodʼs biggest stars, traveled around the world, and told the stories of remarkable people living and working in our community. Her work has been honored with four regional Emmys and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for writing. Kim has a BA in political science from UCR and a MS in broadcast journalism from Boston University. She spent a year teaching journalism at UNLV, and is a proud Husky-by-marriage. Sheʼs married to NWCN Evening Anchor Rob Piercy, and mom to a son and daughter. Outside of work, Kim loves watching movies, thrifting, traveling, good coffee, bad karaoke, and supporting Seattleʼs substantial food and beverage industry.