I had the opportunity to be a guest on one of the business podcasts at Business RadioX®. It was such a great experience that we’ve pitched a couple clients who will be appearing in the coming weeks.
I thought it would be appropriate to reach out to Karen Nowicki, owner/president of Phoenix Business RadioX and host of the “Phoenix Business Radio” shows, so we could turn the table a bit and have her share with us.
So, Karen, time to share on this week’s #MediaMonday.
I’m a born connector so when the opportunity to become a studio partner with Business RadioX® was presented to me a year ago, I couldn’t pass it up. As the producer for metro Phoenix network shows, I’ve had the honor and pleasure of working with the most innovative, passionate and driven people who are making a difference in our community and are willing to help others do the same. I truly love to celebrate success by sharing positive business stories that much of the traditional media ignores. Like I say at the close of each radio show, “some media leans left, some media leans right. We lean business.”
As an Executive Leadership Coach, I’ve been helping organizations and the people who lead them drive their business strategies more effectively for more than two decades. Helping people be happier, healthier and more successful has always been a passion of mine. Again, owning and operating a local B2B radio studio appears to be the next natural progression of my ever evolving career.
What is your favorite thing about the Arizona business scene?
I love the endless variety of exceptional leaders here, and that so many of our local entrepreneurs and founders are getting on board with the Conscious Capitalism movement. My studio is housed in MAC6 in Tempe in partnership with Conscious Capitalism Arizona, which is perfect for us. We can feel the fuel of positivity all around us.
Where did you grow up?
I was born a Bay Area girl but I consider Tempe my hometown. I’ve lived in the Valley for the majority of my life and have called Chandler home for 22 years.
What did you aspire to be when you were a kid? Did you always dream of being on the radio?
Like many kids, I dreamed of being an actress and a singer, but considered those just fantasies. My realistic dream was to be a teacher, which I did become, and that led me to be a school assistant principal in the Kyrene School District and VP of schools for Pinnacle Education, Inc. in the early to mid-‘90s. So, I achieved my childhood dream and then some! As far as radio, I fell into this completely by chance but as typically happens in life, the pervasive threads have woven together and brought me to this perfectly fitting opportunity to share all of my skills and passions with the community in a wonderful way.
Who makes you laugh the most?
I have three truly amazing kids. My oldest two are young adults, living on their own, charting their own course in life now; but, my youngest, 10-year-old Ivan, is a daily source of humor and levity (for anyone who knows him). His observations about life inspired my hashtag #TheWorldAccordingtoIvan which we compiled into a book that he now sells to raise money for Scott-Foundation. So, he makes me laugh but he also fills my heart with immense pride. And sometimes he really ticks me off, too. Parenthood.
What is your favorite place to visit?
As silly as this may sound, my home - that’s my happy place and I cherish the time I spend there with my family.
Sourdough toast with butter. It’s kryptonite.
Favorite type of music?
Top 40 - I’ve always loved pop hit music - much to the dismay of my ‘80s-Rock husband.
Where can we listen to your show?
What should people be pitching you?
We love positive local business stories as told by respected thought leaders and C-level executives. We speak with the recognized and the up-and-coming change-makers who are truly impacting the future of Arizona economy in a meaningful way. If you are someone or know someone who is doing incredible things for our business community, please let us know!
How do they get in touch?
Send me a brief email at firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on twitter @Karen_Nowicki.