Kelli Karpinski

Kelli Karpinski

Senior Marketing Consultant

"Be whatever you want to be."

Responsibility, Deliberative, Intellection, Input, Learner

My high school guidance counselor said I could be whatever I wanted to be, not the best advice for a small-town girl who didn’t yet know what the world had to offer. When it came time to plan my career, I focused on what came easily—writing. From the age of 10, maybe even before, I filled my spare time keeping my older sisters up to date on life at home through hand-written letters. I liked the idea of writing something that would turn into a tangible product read by a wider audience, so I majored in journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

My dorm’s resident assistant’s husband (got that?) was the head photographer at the Eau Claire Leader Telegram. Thanks to him, I landed a part-time job at the paper writing obituaries (hey, you need to start somewhere) and ended two years later with feature writing. My most vivid memory of that job? Writing about a local dating service and its client “Rodney” who excused himself in the middle of the interview, never to return! (I still wrote the story and earned kudos from colleagues.)

I went on to work for Wisconsin newspapers in Marshfield and Oshkosh, but chasing the news no matter what hour of the day can be difficult. After five and one-half years, I switched gears to take a job at the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce. I led their marketing and communications effort for 15 years, winning a national chamber award for a magazine I helped launch. Before joining Blue Door Consulting, I also managed Marketing Services at the Experimental Aircraft Association for nearly three years. I’m excited to put my passion for writing to work in content marketing for Blue Door Consulting clients. Maybe that guidance counselor knew all along I’d figure out my path in life!

Outside of work, my husband and I tackle DIY home projects and enjoy life with our aging goldendoodle. I stay physically fit but enjoy a good book at the end of every day, and if I had all the money in the world, I’d own a log home in northern Wisconsin and an apartment in New York City. Hey, a girl’s gotta dream!

 

If I Could Live In Another Time Or Decade

The late 1940s. I would have loved to get caught up in the post-war celebratory mood and growth of America. I also really love the clothes and movies!

Occupation In Another Life

Professional genealogist

Foodie Or Not Foodie.

Every evening and weekend my husband and I are home together = a home-cooked meal.

Who I Would Like To Have Dinner With (Living, Dead or Fictional)?

Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant

Bucket List Item

Travel to Poland. Even better—see the community from which my grandparents emigrated.

Earliest Memory

My 4th birthday party. My dad was holding the cake with flaming candles while a large table filled with family members stared at me … waiting.

What I Wanted To Be When I Grew Up

Lead singer in a rock band

Favorite Adult Beverage

An authentic, muddled Old Fashioned (none of that red syrup stuff)