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Austin Pays Calif Recruiter to Hire Chief Innovation Officer…This is INNOVATIVE?!

(referencing LinkedIn poll “What are the BIGGEST CHALLENGES facing Austin? Your opinions and ideas matter!”)

First off, folks, thank you for taking the time to show that you truly care about our city and its future.  In preparation to a hopeful interview for the City of Austin Chief Innovation Officer position, I set out to investigate what fellow residents are concerned about; but more importantly, I wanted to gather your ideas for innovative solutions to share in my presentation.  I’ve lived in Austin two separate times, started several businesses, offered employment, devoted time to local charities, voted, recycled and oriented myself with the movers-and-shakers who are tirelessly helping to create positive economic, technological, cultural and social change in this growing city. With my capabilities, connections, street-smarts, and innate understanding of how to connect a message with an audience, I figured I could earn an interview.

Deciding to GO BIG or GO HOME, I reached out to local thought leaders who earnestly gave me their endorsements; I even had meetings with three City of Austin department leaders to learn more, ask questions, present ideas and show my passion for this role.  In a few short weeks, I designed a whole new platform for our city government’s Innovation Office to inform, inspire and innovate Austin into action.  Well, suffice it to say, I never got the interview.  Nope.  Last Friday at 5:09pm, I received a generic email and regurgitated note from the (presumable overpaid and completely out-of-touch-with-Austin) out-of-state recruiting firm (CPS HR Consulting www.cpshr.us) who said I’ve been passed over, as I was not the most qualified. 

The irony here, folks, is two-fold:   First, in my talks with the actual City department leaders, they mentioned that this new position is still a bit vague in description, responsibilities, and direction, as is the entire Innovation Office only recently established. Second, where’s the INNOVATION in hiring a Sacramento recruiter to find the golden nugget needed to really spearhead this totally new office and leadership role?  Really, how can someone in a cube 1000 miles away get the gist of the most unique applicants by simply scanning a resume?  Argh.  (Many of you out there still looking for work fully understand the pain and assbackwardness that technology can cause when trying to match human beings to a growing entity with a unique culture, mission, vision, pulse, etc.)  Alas, I can understand that there is a system to vetting out candidates, and I am not a sore loser…just wanted a chance to express my thoughts and get a shot at a chat.

I’d like to remind the anyone interested, that the truest, simplest definition of the word INNOVATION is “significant, positive change”.  Period.

Net-net:  I believe the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Austin needs to be an entrepreneur, visionary,  spokesperson, liaison, researcher, interviewer, connector, marketeer, producer, project manager, coach, creative director, motivator, and passionate, active citizen who gives a damn about people.  Frankly, yet humbly speaking, I believe that describes me, and so do a whole bunch of wonderful, brilliant folks who have supported me for over a decade.  And I believe the City decision-makers may have let one of the most qualified candidates slip away.

 All that said, the results from the poll I offered up garnered almost 50 responses and focused on these major issue, listed in order of most “votes”.  I will have a write-up summary of people’s ideas for solutions posted soon.

Traffic/Transportation:  Cap Metro, cabs, bike lanes, lack of carpools, money wasted on toll roads, and too many more to list…

City Government: City Manager led vs. Mayor led, Unguided system, Debt, Permit overload, Out-of-touch & overpaid City Council

Housing:  Affordability, Property taxes

Water:  Drought, Waste

Infrastructure:  Over-marketing on popularity lists, Population explosion, Quality job availability

Culture:  Dilution of “weirdness”… turning into another Dallas, Inter-generational, inter-racial, inter-faith community, Over-focus on technology

Homelessness:  Lack of resources & housing, Need for education, job integration system

Education:  Healthcare, Schools

Crime

Thank you again so very much for showing your spirit and sharing your thoughts.  If you have any interest in helping me simply get a darn interview with the City of Austin for the Chief Innovation Officer position, please share a note, post or tweet #AustinNeedsKimberlieDykeman

 

Cheers to the possibilities!

Kimberlie Dykeman

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Kimberlie Dykeman Launches First Host & Spokesperson Bootcamp

Host & Spokesperson Bootcamp:

Learn the ropes to becoming a Memorable On-Camera Personality!

 Do you want to be a TV Host or Spokesperson?  Think you’ve got the personality and potential to shine ON-CAMERA …just being YOU?  Want to increase your value to your Agent, grab the attention of Casting Directors and get more bookings?  Or maybe, you’ve realized that you just don’t have the actor “chops”?  (Hey, we all can’t be DeNiro or Streep!)  If you said YES to any of these, perhaps, it’s time to get focused and get to work.

Kimberlie Dykeman’s Bootcamp is a FRESH, NEW offering for Texas talent!  Whether you’re seeking to hone your skills or just diving into this special craft of being a host, spokesperson and interviewer…this intensive Bootcamp will empower you with just the right guidance, tools, motivation and realistic strategy to confidently jump into the race and become a successful On-Camera Personality.

“Her talents as a spokesperson, host or emcee cannot be surpassed.”  ~ Cynthia Baker, President, Accolades PR      

“I was blown away by her contagious energy, boundless curiosity and natural warmth. Kimberlie had an incredible way of connecting with the audience and me… she brought out insights that people really want to know and inspired them in ways that not many can!”  ~ Anil Jagtiani, VP Marketing, QVC

 Take-aways include:

  • Realistic overview of the diverse Hosting world
  • Purpose and responsibility of a Host vs. Spokesperson vs. Interviewer
  • Discovering/developing your Brand and Expertise
  • Coexisting (co-hosting, sharing the camera)
  • Working with/writing copy and improvising
  • Killer auditioning techniques and reel tips
  • Biggest Mistakes to avoid!
  • Prospecting and Marketing  yourself

One full, non-stop day to build your stand-up, interviewing and auditioning skills; define your brand and role, think on your feet (hello, adlib!), work with scripts and simple bullet points, master the Teleprompter, and put your personal stamp on just how you connect with any audience.    Read more: tinyurl.com/8flv7t6

WHEN:  Saturday, November 10th,  10am – 5pm
WHERESoma Vida 1210 Rosewood Ave.  Austin, TX 

COST:   $265       

RESERVATIONSLimited to 20.  Email  info@puresoapbox.com  or call 310-500-9587 to immediately reserve a spot and ask questions.  Credit card, check and cash accepted.

About KIMBERLIE DYKEMAN:  For the past 10 years, Kimberlie has built a successful career on as a host, spokesperson, interviewer and producer…working in Austin, L.A., N.Y., and internationally.  She has appeared in and helped produce a collection of hundreds of TV and radio programs, infomercials, commercials, live events, red carpets and online videos…working with companies like FOX, ABC, NBC, Triage Ent., Emmis, Compass Learning, Jordan Direct, Creative Nations, AMS Pictures.  She has interviewed hundreds of folks including celebs like Elton John, Guy Kawasaki, Andy Roddick & John Legend.

 www.youtube.com/kimberliedykeman   www.puresoapbox.com

Résumé: tinyurl.com/7vfv5yk

 

“This woman is nothing short of a powerhouse.” Lucy Frost, BestFit Media

Kimberlie Dykeman Books Commercial with Bank of Oklahoma

Kimberlie Dykeman was booked by Casting Director Brenda Ambrize for upcoming regional commercial campaign for the Bank of Oklahoma, to be aired in Albuquerque, NM; Fayettevile and Bentonville, AK; Pheonix, AZ; Kansas City, KS; Kansas City, MO; Tulsa and Oklahoma City, OK; Dallas, Ft. Worth and Houston, TX; and Denver, CO.  The commercials are produced by NY powerhouse production company Collective NY.

About Kimberlie Dykeman:  TV Host, International Spokesperson, Commercial Talent, Producer, Marketing Maven, Author  YouTube Channel  www.puresoapbox.com

TX Booking Agent for Kimberlie: Wilhelmina Brown

Latest Commercials Airing Featuring Kimberlie Dykeman

Take a peek! My latest Nissan & Honda regional commercials for GUNN Automotive now airing:

youtu.be/xpAsMRwq_Cw  (Nissan) & youtu.be/lgTDwhx1cmw  (Honda)

Kimberlie Dykeman Books Commercials with Top U.S. Auto Dealer

Kimberlie Dykeman was booked by Casting Director Brenda Ambrize for upcoming commercials  for the renowned GUNN Automotive Group, based in San Antonio, Texas.  Dykeman represents both Nissan and Honda, two of the dealer’s seven vehicle brands, in a campaign produced by powerhouse production company Geomedia

 

 

About GUNN:  The Gunn Automotive Group was founded by C.C. “Pop” Gunn and started with one Oldsmobile dealership in 1955. Incorporated as Curtis C. Gunn, Inc. in 1957, it is known today as Gunn GP, LLC, and is one of the Top 100 automotive dealer groups in the United States. Identified annually for the last five years as one of the fastest growing companies in San Antonio, Gunn also has the distinction of being one of the city’s largest privately-held companies.

About Kimberlie Dykeman: TV Host, International Spokesperson, Producer, Marketing Maven, Author  www.puresoapbox.com

Kimberlie Dykeman Inks Deal as Spokesperson for NY Cosmeceutical Company Dermelect

As long as people keep watching TV and the web to learn before they buy…Kimberlie Dykeman will be a very busy on-camera personality!  It began with commercials, then infomercials, and now Kimberlie is officially graduating to live TV shopping networks.  She is both excited and honored to have been chosen as a Spokesperson for Dermelect, a New York based cosmeceutical company that is making a name for itself with an exceptional skincare line that doesn’t follow the trends.  Founded in 2006 by Amos Lavian, Dermelect has making waves in the media, tapping everything from social media to national conferences to educate the public and earn their loyalty through fantastic results they can see in the mirror.  Now prepared to enter the arena of live shopping networks, Dermelect inked Kimberlie as a spokesperson for the coming year, to represent the company on ShopNBC live shows and in the press.

Dermelect is not a “me too” kind of skincare line, nor do they claim to match the results of Botox, needles or invasive procedures.  They give clients an honest approach to skincare and offer cutting-edge, targeted solutions for key areas of concern.  Unlike many other skincare products, Dermelect is the first cosmeceutical line jointly formulated by medical professionals including a facial plastic surgeon, dermatologists, estheticians, celebrity skin care specialists, a bridal skin care specialist, a top hand model and even a top asthma specialist.   Research plus amazing ingredients have yielded products that are effective, if not multifunctional in their treatment.  And all products are not only effective and luxurious, but also universal –offering obtainable results for any kind of skin category.  Net-net: Dermelect is an innovative skincare line that simplifies one’s beauty cabinet with affordable, multi-tasking, targeted products.

“I’m jazzed to be representing a company like Dermelect, who puts its customers’ greatest concerns on the top of its priority list.  Of course, I’m equally enthused to enter the world of live TV, especially on ShopNBC, an industry leader.  I think folks who tune in will easily relate to me, seeing that I am not an 18-year old model who has yet to fear the mirror in the morning!  Working with Dermelect and ShopNBC offers me another great opportunity to extend my reach of influencing the public to create positive changes in their own lives.”  ~KD

About DERMELECT:   An innovative skincare line that simplifies one’s beauty cabinet with multi-tasking, targeted products. Site: www.dermelect.com   Blog:  www.dblog.dermelect.com 

About Kimberlie Dykeman: a TV Host, Spokesperson and Producer who has appeared in and produced a collection of hundreds of TV and radio shows, infomercials, commercials, live events and online videos, working with companies like FOX, ABC, CBS, CMT, TLC, NBC, Entercom, Compass Learning, Jordan Direct, Creative Nations, and AMS Pictures.  She is also a dedicated philanthropist, nationwide speaker and published author whose SOAPBOX® product line is rooted in leveraging famous quotes to ignite optimism.

Kimberlie Dykeman Inks Infomercial Deal with Direct Response Leader Jordan Direct

Jordan Direct LLCPursued by Jordan Direct, a leading infomercial production corporation, Kimberlie Dykeman heads to sunny Florida to shoot another national infomercial.  This opens the door to a fantastic relationship between Dykeman and the renowned direct response company whose sparkling reputation is based on its founder, Bruce Dworsky.  Trekking down to the gulf, Dykeman continues to carry the torch as a sought-after infomercial queen, having hosted programs broadcasted internationally.

About Jordan Direct: www.jordandirecttv.com

About Kimberlie Dykeman: www.kimberliedykeman.com
www.puresoapbox.com
www.youtube.com/KimberlieDykeman

Kimberlie Dykeman Takes a Bite out of NYC

From the minute she landed in New York, Kimberlie Dykeman took in fabulous new experiences every chance she could!  It began with a trip to the General Motors Building to join the crowds at a taping of CBS’s The Early Show…  Dykeman not only shook hands of the fabulously friendly anchors, she also garnered some serious camera-time for the cover of her book, Pure Soapbox, and  handed off a copy to the producer.  Just in case they needed a great guest to motivate their viewers in the New Year!

Dykeman stayed at the swanky SoHo Grande Hotel, dined at Lure and  Megu and took in the amazing contemporary West-Side Story-esque musical, In the Heights, at the Richard Rogers Theater.    A junket into Greenwich Village was distracted by the annual SantaCon celebration, where Dykeman asked not ONE but TWO Santas for a few Christmas gifts!   IMG_0283  IMG_0278 

 

 

 

 And a fabulous meeting with a top executive at the Discovery Network inched the TV Host and producer even closer to that ONE HUGE WISH LIST ITEM …of a talk show on the newly launching Oprah Winfrey Network!  After all Discovery and OWN are officially partners for life, now; and it’s about time Kimberlie Dykeman and the SOAPBOX brand hit the Big Time to motivate the masses!

Kimberlie Dykeman Interviews Sir Elton, Andy Roddick and John Legend at Gala

photo elton

The evening of Andy Roddick’s 4th Annual Fundraiser Gala was indeed wonderfully festive, fun, and filled with folks jazzed to drop some serious cash on auction items, for the benefit of four Austin-based children charities.  Kimberlie Dykeman was honored with the opportunity to host the only interview of Sir Elton John before he hit the performance stage to prove, yet again, that there is only one ROCKET MAN! 

 

Side-by-side on the red carpet with other Austin media, Dykeman also had camera conversation with the host himself, Andy Roddick; his wife Brooklyn Decker, crooner John Legend, and Colorado Rockies’ Huston Street.

NY’s MagicBullet Media Scoops Up Kimberlie Dykeman as Producer for Andy Roddick Gala

Monday brings yet another star-studded event to Austin, and Austin-based TV Host and Producer Kimberlie Dykeman is right in the middle of it all!  N.Y.’s MagicBullet Media and Full Picture, the PR and production company famous for the CW’s Project Runway, have engaged Dykeman as producer for the much-anticipated Andy Roddick Foundation 4th Annual Fundraising Gala, benefitting children’s charities in Texas.  Dykeman will be coordinating a production crew (from AMS Pictures) to capture interviews of the evening’s headlining celebrities, including the hosts, Andy Roddick and his wife Brooklyn Decker, Sir Elton John, John Legend and the Dave Matthews Band.

Red carpet coverage will include catching up with Colorado Rockies’ pitcher Huston Street and University of Texas Coach Mack Brown, as well as footage of Elton John’s private performance.  Held at the Hilton Austin, the event brings together celebrities, athletes and philanthropists for an evening of dinner, dancing, and giving, with a live auction.  All proceeds from the evening will go to benefit local children’s organizations including: KIPP Austin College Prep, The Settlement Home for Children, Austin Partners in Education, and Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.

KD-JRcropped smaller“Being hand-selected for my expertise in creating memorable moments for media is always exciting,” said Dykeman.  “But helping world-renowned athletes and celebrities have an even greater impact in the lives of countless more children in need is an absolute honor!”  Dykeman herself supports LIVESTRONG™ and several other charities, donating her time and proceeds from her SOAPBOX® brand of products, including her book “PURE SOAPBOX, the first in a motivational series.

About the Andy Roddick Foundation:  The Andy Roddick Foundation is a non for profit that strives to improve the quality of life and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all children based on the principles of respect for family, education, and morality. Founded in 2000, the Andy Roddick Foundation has raised over ten million dollars for various Southern Florida and Austin based children’s organizations.  www.andyroddick.com/charities

About  Kimberlie Dykeman:  On-camera personality, international spokesperson, motivational speaker and published author. 

www.kimberliedykeman.com
www.kimberliedykeman.com/blog
www.puresoapbox.com

Team of Executive Producers Engage Kimberlie Dykeman as Host for Pilot Episode of Reality Series

KDykemanGarageA select few of entertainment’s well-respected creators and producers have called upon Kimberlie Dykeman to be the host for the pilot episode of a rather touching reality series about couples and families staying together and truly “connected” for the long-haul.  After an exhausting audition process in search for a Florida-based host, Executive Producer Warren Rogan got on the phone to Dykeman and offered her the part, with first choice seating as the show’s established host when the series gets placed on a network. Creative team also includes creator David L. Berman and Kelly F. Rummler.

 

Stay tuned for more details..

Kimberlie Dykeman Heads Back to the Studio to Produce All New Episodes of ShelfLife TV

This November, after a sweltering summer off, Kimberlie Dykeman heads back to the fabulous AMS Pictures studios  in Austin, TX to shoot the next episodes of ShelfLife on ShelfLife.tv.  Dykeman is the Executive Producer and Host of the series, featuring author interviews and book trailers of published writers from all over the country represented by Phenix & Phenix Publicity.  ShelfLife.TV is the homebase video channel from which each author’s online viral video PR campaign is launched. The web-based interview series is dedicated to spotlighting the real people, real purpose, and real perspective of some of the sharpest books hitting the shelves today. Together, fellow author Dykeman and Phenix & Phenix are definitely solidifying their names as the top choice for authors and speakers who want to capitalize on the power of the web!

Visit: www.shelflife.tv  or  www.phenixpublicity.com for more info and to become a featured guest.

Kimberlie Dykeman: kimberliedykeman.com & puresoapbox.com