This year’s group of DMN 40Under40 winners have a few things in common. Well yes, they’re under 40. Also they have a proven track record of marketing excellence and leadership, whether they’re in roles supporting global brands, or leading their own thriving start-ups. Over the next few weeks, you’ll get to know our winners, and what they’ve accomplished.
Karen Kehm is the Senior Director of Marketing at Branded Entertainment Network (BEN)
What has been your proudest career accomplishment to date?
While I’m still growing in my career and continue to get smarter and more strategic in my current marketing role, my proudest career accomplishment to date has been helping to spearhead the transformation of Corbis to Branded Entertainment Network (BEN). It took a lot more than a brand identity to become who we are today. I can say we are still evolving- which makes this accomplishment a continued project.
What’s the best piece of advice you can give to future 40Under40 honorees?
Jobs will come and go but finding a boss who will support and coach you to reach your full potential is a rare find. Nowadays, I see young professionals are moving roles quickly for things like money versus career progression. My advice is: evaluate your current situation, ask yourself if you are working with a team that supports your career growth and offers opportunities for advancement. Support and exposure to multiple projects not necessarily in your comfort zone can go a long way when you’re first starting your career. You may find a niche in your skill set you never expected.
What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years?
I think it’s more about the state of being you want to find yourself in. I would consider myself achieved if I still am happy in what I do each day. Career progression is important, but I really get excited when doors of opportunity open when you least expect it. I started my career in luxury travel, moved into Adtech and now I’m in the world of Entertainment through brand integration. I wonder what door will open for me next!
What is one interesting fact about you that few people know?
I have a love for bowling. Now when I let people in on my secret they expect me to be this amazing bowler – I’m not. I’m perfectly average at the game. What’s unique about bowling (that you don’t in many group activities) is a time to step up to the plate and a time in which you can just be totally social. I’ve made so many lasting friendships by being part of leagues along the way. It soon becomes less about winning and getting those pins down- it’s more about support, encouragement and a lot of high fives on a random weeknight!