Karyn Weiss WIT Stories

Karyn Weiss is the SVP Business Development & Licensing at Accessory Innovations, and she was a 2017 Wonder Women Awards Nominee. Read Karyn’s full bio here.

What is your single best piece of business advice?
Surround yourself with GREAT people! Work with the best in the business – those that think outside of the box, have different experiences and can work with you as a team to achieve success. Additionally, it’s important to be a good listener and have patience when working with others. The key to success is partnership and a partnership can be achieved with teamwork.

What do you do during the first hour of your business day and why?
First coffee!! I typically start the first hour of my business day by greeting my co-workers, dive into my to-do list, and jump on email. I then assess what meetings are on tap for the day, what deadlines I have to meet, and go through the day’s activities.

What is your favorite productivity tip?
I start each day with a goal in mind: What am I looking to achieve today? I make sure to leave room for the unexpected. I stay focused by defining my purpose for the day – ie. close a deal, finalize a project, meet with a potential licensor. It’s important to also stay positive and have FUN too!

What advice would you offer women wishing to break into the licensing industry?
Go girl! I would tell women looking to break into the licensing business to learn as much as you can about licensing from every angle: study how deals are made, observe how things get done and take on new responsibilities. Immerse yourself in all angles of the business. No job is too small or too big. By learning about the ins and outs of the business you’ll be more well-rounded.