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PUBLISHED: 4:53 PM on Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Karen Wright Capital City Weekly

  Karen Wright
What is your definition of success?

In my mind being successful is loving what you do, and loving yourself all at the same time. I come to work each day enthusiastic about my job, the people I work with, and full of energy and ideas. When you stop having that kind of love and enthusiasm it is time to stop doing what you are getting paid to do.

What special challenges or advantages have you faced because you're a woman?

I think being a woman has helped me, instead of presenting challenges. You will always have people who you work with that are a challenge, but they aren't a challenge because I am a woman.

What has been your motivation?

My philosophy is if you take care of the people the money will take care of itself. That holds true with employees, and clients. I am motivated to make a better world for myself, and my family. Money is always a good motivator, but it isn't everything.

How did you get started in this business?

I was a stay at home mom until my daughter went to pre-school. After that I attended UAS. My last year of school I realized that I would need to find a job after school. There was a job opening at the WhaleSong for an Advertising Manager and I wanted to apply for the position. I wasn't sure that I could do the job, so I enrolled for the newspaper practicum class instead. I spent the first semester as a reporter at the Whale Song. I let the Student Advisor know that I was interested in the Sales Manager position and when the position came open at the end of the semester she encouraged me to apply. I got that job, and loved it! The end of the school year I graduated and the last day of school I was sitting in the newspaper office and we got a call from the owner of the Capital City Weekly. She was looking for a fill in graphic artist for 2 weeks. I got the job. When the 2 weeks were up, I took on the job of receptionist for about 1 month, and then moved up to Classified Sales Manager. I have worked on and off for the Capital City Weekly for the last 10 ? years. I have done almost every job here except editor - from receptionist to publisher. The job I enjoy the most is the one I do now as sales manager.

Who was your mentor, and how have they influenced you?

I have had so many mentors. My first mentor was my mother, Sandra Coon, who taught me that if you work hard, and are persistent you can do anything. Secondly my grandmother, Edith Hoffpauer, who taught me that you can find happiness in the smallest of accomplishments, but also reach for the stars. My sisters, Marla Adams, and Elizabeth McEwen have taught me the value of education, and having a career. My professional mentors include Renda Heimbigner the former owner of the Capital City Weekly, and Susan Downing a former editor for the Juneau Empire.

Family:

Husband Jeff and 19-year-old daughter Lucinda.


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