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Gardian of the Month: Kara Nacarato

Our Gardian of the Month is Kara Nacarato, Event Garde's Director of of Development & Special Initiatives.

Learn: What's your favorite part about learning something new?

I think for me, learning something new is all about stepping out of my comfort zone and taking responsibility. Whether learning something to enhance my professional skills, or simply a new hobby, pushing ourselves out of our day to day norm is an important part of growing. And, in our technology-driven world, access to continuous learning is literally at our fingertips! 

Network: What's your number one networking trick?

I'm a bit old school in that I still prefer talking to people, listening, and connecting the dots as a way of networking. I'm an extrovert (struggling during a Pandemic) and I love meeting, and getting to know, new people both personally and professionally. Many of the positions I've held throughout my career have come through connections and conversations. I try to ask a lot of questions when I meet new people and whenever possible I collect their contact information and try to keep in touch periodically. This way, if I'm looking for a resource or subject matter expert I can easily reach out. Additionally, if I can help connect someone else or identify an opportunity for collaboration, that's even better! 

Transfer: Mentorship - How do you think mentorship aids in knowledge transfer?

I feel strongly that mentorship is extremely important and honestly I wish I would have sought the advice and knowledge of mentors more during the early years in my professional life. In my work with university students, I often see some initial resistance from the students who believe they do not need a mentor (which is probably what I believed then too) but typically, the resistance fades quickly and the students begin to embrace the relationship. There are so many things that cannot be taught but rather we learn, hands-on and through our life experiences, that need to be shared with others.  I am pleased to see so many companies implementing formal mentoring programs for new professionals. And, I'm happy to say that I have found some great mentors that I rely on both professionally and personally and that I also participate as a mentor when possible. 

Please share with us a resource you just can’t live without.

I am a total podcast junkie and most recently have become a big fan of audible books as well. While I must admit that true crime podcasts are my guilty pleasure, I have found podcasts to be a fantastic professional and self development resource as well. Before COVID-19, I would listen to podcasts during my daily commute, allowing me to take advantage of the unproductive drive time. I found this often kick-started my morning and put me into a productive, and motivated, mindset when I arrived at the office. I think regular self development is important and this, for me, is the easiest way to stay on top of it. Some of my regular podcasts include, "The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes," "The Tim Ferriss Show,"Business Wars, "Beyond the To-Do List,"The Tony Robbins Podcast,"Armchair Expert," and so many more!

Just for Fun: If you could live your life as an animal, what would you be and why?

Well, this answer is about as boring as it gets but I think I'd have to say a dog. While I'd love to say something profound like a lion, the king of the jungle, the reality is, I see the life my dog lives and it's pretty perfect! Our sweet rescue pup receives the most love from everyone in the family, eats and sleeps like a king, and brings unconditional love and joy to all of us. If you ask me, that's a pretty carefree and happy way to live!  

Revenue Diversification: It’s Time to Spread Out Your Eggs!

It’s safe to say we are experiencing an extreme interruption in the normal course of business during the COVID-19 pandemic. And for many associations, this disruption is detrimental to the health of the organization. As we enter the fall, a time when many associations typically hold their annual conferences and launch membership renewal campaigns that bring in the majority of their revenue, COVID-19 is putting the brakes on these efforts and leaving many scrambling to find new revenue streams. Now more than ever, it is time for organizations to get creative and start distributing their eggs into different baskets.

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10 Ways to Provide Value to Your Virtual Event Sponsors and Exhibitors

Check out these 10 ideas for how your association can help your exhibitors and sponsors gain visibility and better engage with their target audience before, during and after your next virtual event.

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Healthcare, we have a problem.

How is it that the place I should be going to be healed, isn’t equipped to handle discussions on racism and its impact on my health? Well, because it is hard to be honest and say, I helped to create this problem. Or help to perpetuate this problem. Or even further, I benefit from this problem. So how do we fix it?

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Centering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Healthy Aging

Healthy aging. The phrase evokes images of older adults riding bikes, working in a garden or eating healthy foods. Healthy aging is so much more than activities older adults engage in each day. No one wakes up one day in their 60s in sudden good health. Healthy aging is part of the life continuum, meaning it’s influenced by what happens to us across our lifetime and by the conditions in the social and physical environments in which people are born, live, play, and work.

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Implicit Bias: What it is. Why it matters. What can be done about it.

There’s been a lot of conversation in the news and on social media lately about implicit bias, in particular its impact on the actions of police officers. But what are we really talking about when we talk about implicit bias and are there effective strategies to address it?

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Gardian of the Month: Kara Nacarato

Kara Nacarato, Event Garde’s Director of Development & Special Initiatives, is our Gardian of the Month.

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