Staff Spotlight: Karen Mohn
With over twenty years of experience in public relations, Executive Assistant and Project Coordinator Karen Mohn has seen how the nature of the industry has evolved – the days of mailings are over as digital media has taken the lead.
“I love that every day is different,” Karen says. “Today, you have to plan for everything and anything that could possibly happen – this helps eliminate any surprises that may come up.”
Karen began her public relations career at Himle Horner, Inc. in 1997 and has seen the company evolve into Himle Rapp & Company, Inc. and now Rapp Strategies, Inc. In the ever-changing world of the information age, Karen continues build and hone her skills to stay ahead of the digital curve.
“Everything is faster paced, and information is more readily available,” Karen says. “I enjoy working with the younger staff and the energy they bring to the team.”
How have you grown as a professional since you started working at Rapp Strategies?
I’ve learned to adapt to new technology and the fast-changing way information is shared. In the early days newsletters and fact sheets were laid out in Word, today those same documents would be designed in InDesign. I’ve always been eager to learn new things. I am always working on ways to make my work more visual and interesting. My latest conquest was to learn about Geo mapping — I’m still a novice but improving as time goes by.
What is your favorite aspect of your job?
Every day is different and brings a new challenge. I enjoy that I can use my art background to create presentations, newsletters and fact sheets for clients.
What is one habit that makes you more successful?
I’m extremely organized and stay on top of things.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An artist or interior designer.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Being a strong independent person.
What is one thing about you few people know?
I love history and architecture of the gilded age.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Being true to myself.
What is one piece of wisdom you would give your younger self?
Take each day as is comes, every day is special and a gift.