The commonality of MasComm projects is the power of collaboration. Getting a genuine cross-section of stakeholders at the table, listening to their ideas, respecting their perspectives that is the cornerstone of community engagement. Ordinary people, working in concert, can achieve so much when they are invited to contribute ideas and energy toward a greater good. When this collaboration includes a media partner, outreach provides an opportunity to break through the myriad choices presented to viewers and connect with new audiences enlivening, enriching, and personalizing the experience of tuning in.
Karen Hodgkiss has been involved with project and people management throughout her career. She is known professionally as an agent of change, an individual who thrives when working against deadlines, by applying her outstanding organizational skills to keep projects on task. In 2001, Karen decided to pursue her life-long interests of writing and project management as an independent consultant. Her role with MasComm Associates and other clients has included conference coordination, writing, editing, project management and business consulting. In these roles, she has gained experience an insight into the public broadcasting industry, social marketing and community engagement.
Recent projects include editing the Vibrations newsletter for Sound Partners for Community Health, writing a toolkit and planning conferences for the Road Crew, and designing outreach for Twin Cities Public Televisions The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimers documentary.
Teamwork, leadership, and project management skills honed in the financial services industry are strengths Karen brings to MasComm Associates. Karen was employed as Branch Manager for the University of Wisconsin Credit Union in Madison, WI from 1999-2001. Her primary responsibilities included managing the sales, service, and quality results for the front-line customer contact staff. Prior to that, she was Vice President/Branch Manager for Firstar Bank from 1993-1999. In addition to supervising the Main Office sales team, she specialized in project management in the areas of marketing, sales administration, product management, training, and human resources.
Karen holds a BA degree in English from the University of Michigan. She is also an alumnus of the Graduate School of Banking and a graduate of Leadership Greater Madison.