47. Kim Casko

The Iowa Idea: Kim Casko

“Take your time to figure it out.”

In this episode of The Iowa Idea Podcast, I sit down with Kim Casko. Kim is President and CEO of the Iowa City Area Business` Partnership, serving nearly 800 member businesses throughout Johnson County and beyond.

Kim grew up in New York and lived in four different states before moving to Iowa. Prior to joining the Business Partnership in fall 2016, she worked in both the private and public sectors – serving as an information technology consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, career advisor at the University of Maryland, change management director at the University of Illinois, and organizational effectiveness manager at ACT.

We discuss her journey into community leadership. We talk about leadership and crucible moments that shape us as leaders, as well as the importance of self-care and resilience. We also talked about EOS, the entrepreneur operating system, and how Iowa City Area Business Partnership used EOS to help guide their recent rebranding efforts.

I appreciated Kim using the lens of a Steve Jobs’ quote – “you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So, you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”

It was an honor having Kim join me on the show. I thank her for sharing her time and insights. I hope you enjoy the episode.

About Kim

Kim Casko is President and CEO of the Iowa City Area Business Partnership, serving nearly 800 member businesses throughout Johnson County and beyond.

Kim grew up in New York and lived in four different states before moving to Iowa. Prior to joining the Business Partnership in fall 2016, she had various careers in both the private and public sectors – serving as an information technology consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, career advisor at the University of Maryland, change management director at the University of Illinois, and organizational effectiveness manager at ACT.

She is passionate about individual, team, organizational, and community development – anything that has to do with development and growth! Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in management and psychology from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Northwestern University in Illinois.

Kim resides in Iowa City with her husband, John, and adorable dog, Rocky. She enjoys anything food related, sitting on her front porch, and planning (with lots of spreadsheets and flip charts!).

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Credits

Episode produced by Spark Consulting Group (www.inspiredbyspark.com) in Iowa City, with support from Executive Podcast Solutions (https://www.executivepodcastsolutions.com/)

The Iowa Idea Podcast music written and performed by Paisley Bible (https://paisleybible.bandcamp.com/).

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