Get to Know Kari Oldach, One of CRN’s 2014 Women of the Channel

by Megan Wittenberger | Jun 12, 2014

Kari Oldach joined Carbonite earlier this from Dell, where she spent 10 years focusing on field marketing, M&A integration and channel partner programs/certification. If you’ve noticed all of the recent changes in our channel program, she’s one of the big reasons why!

The folks at
CRN have also taken notice at the work she’s been doing here, and have named Kari to the CRN 2014 Women of the Channel list! As part of the nomination process, Kari provided a little insight into her experience. Check it out:

What advice would you give to young women aspiring to succeed in the workplace?
Make your presence known by taking a seat at the table.
You were hired for a reason.  You were invited to the meeting for a reason.  Speak up when you have something to share and listen when you have something to learn, but make sure you engage.  We all bring different attributes to an organization and we all have different ways we view things.  Sharing what you think not only demonstrates engagement, it shows you are part of the team.

What was your first job?
My first “real” job was at Arnold Communications. I was only with them for one year, but during that short tenure I learned so many invaluable lessons on what to expect in the real world.  A few of them: think long and hard before taking a job that has a 1+ hour commute.  Yes, you do need to start at the bottom and work your way up.  Invest in a black dress, nice pair of slacks and jacket. No one will give you something for nothing except maybe your mom.  Long hours and hard work really do pay off J

What is your favorite charity and why is it meaningful to you?
My local human society.  One of my favorite activities is to volunteer a couple hours a week walking dogs, cleaning kennels & washing laundry.  They are a pillar within the local community (established in 1900) facilitating programs about adoption services, medical care, education, and prevention of cruelty. They also are one of the few shelters in the area to receive transports from overpopulated shelters in the south.  They house over 2300 animals per year, and the cost to run the shelter is approx. $3,000 a day!!  Without volunteers and donations they would not survive.   

Female role model:
Oprah Winfrey.  Enough said.

Please join us in congratulating Kari!

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