Scribble Talk

Showcasing stories of APMP veterans and the brightest bid & proposal minds in planet earth 

Today's Guest Is Caryn Kent

Scribble Talk - Episode 107 Caryn Kent Dean

For 23 years Caryn Kent Dean has worked as a proposal writer and manager for corporate and government bid opportunities. She has been a proud member of the APMP for six years and supports the APMP Greater Midwest Chapter as a chair for the Consultants Virtual Networking Group.

Caryn took her first job as a proposal writer with a young library management system software company after finishing her Masters of Library and Information Science in 1997. The proposal management industry is always throwing new challenges Caryn’s way, and this remains one of the most fulfilling aspects of the job. The combination of writing, project management and working with a variety of professionals keeps each project interesting and invites new ways to grow and learn. As a business owner, she is passionate about creating opportunity for her clients and other proposal professionals.
When she’s not in the office, Caryn loves to unwind by reading, watching movies, cooking, and creating custom quilts for friends and family. Her favorite movies include just about anything with Judy Dench, Helen Mirren, Emma Thompson, or Maggie Smith and when she needs a little inspiration, Caryn turns to podcasts by or with Dr. Brené Brown.

In becoming a consultant and starting her own business, she has been able to spend more time with family, including her husband of 18 years, three kids and rescue pup, Scout. One of her family’s favorite pastimes includes heading to their 55 acre property in NW Illinois to unplug and enjoy hiking and exploring the nearby creek.

Creating a virtual working space has also allowed Caryn and her family to take advantage of their acreage as the ultimate social-distancing retreat. While her kids can spread out and spend time in nature, Caryn can work and enjoy a gorgeous view of rolling fields – with a few cows instead of cubicles.
Aside from her talents in the proposal industry, Caryn has played the violin since she was eight years old, lived in Italy during her sophomore year at Loyola University of Chicago’s Rome Center and is an advanced Open Water and Nitrox Certified Scuba Diver.
In 2001 she travelled with her husband and a group of friends to Truk Lagoon in Micronesia, staying on Truk Odyssey liveaboard for a week. While on their trip they explored WWII history, diving the shipwrecks of Operation Hailstone, and enjoyed front row viewing of the local sea life.
In both her professional and personal life, Caryn takes much inspiration from her father. His motto “if it is to be, it is up to me” reminds her of the power of her will and the importance of seeking validation from oneself in difficult times

In this episode we will discuss Caryn’s 

  • Life and Career
  • Entry to Proposal Industry 
  • Role as proposal manager and writer
  • Experience as a member and chair of APMP
  • Career Evolution and becoming a Business Owner
  • People influential in her life and career 
  • Advice to bid and proposal professionals 
  • Next Steps and Few fun Qs…. 

Get to know the human side of your industry expert, Caryn Kent.

If you're ready to sacrifice who you are, for what you will become, then you will be invited to our show…

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Scribble Talk - Episode 107 Caryn Kent Dean
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