We had the good fortune of connecting with Caroline Dunn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Caroline, what matters most to you?
Integrity matters most to me. One of my mantras is, “Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.” In life, there will be tough times (many of us experienced this in 2020), but when you live your life consistently with integrity, you have no regrets. Said another way, when the chips were down, I had my integrity, and I had no regrets from doing the right thing for the right reasons. I’ve learned the hard way that friends / acquaintances who lie to me when times are good, will only try to take advantage of me when times are bad. The best thing that happened to me during the pandemic (times were tough), was finding out who my real friends were. I have an ex-friend who lied to me about the location of a concert she attended. It was a white lie, completely inconsequential to me and our relationship. When times got tough, she started spreading vicious gossip about me. Fortunately, my friends knew I lived a life of integrity and shut her out. She’s now out completely out of our lives. Though a lot of trial and error, I’m happy to have found “my people,” and I’m on the path to attracting more people with the same core values. If I can’t trust you, I can’t work with you, and we can’t be friends. If I can trust you, I know you have my back and I have yours.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am currently VP of Marketing at Wahsega, a Safety IoT company in Atlanta. As a classically trained Engineer (Georgia Tech Bachelor and Masters of Electrical Engineering), I am a unique combination of technical and creative. I can explain a complex technology product in terms that anyone can relate to. I balance creative visual components with real solutions to problems. I call it the “Art and Science of Marketing.” Was it easy? Absolutely not! First I faced challenges as a female pursuing two engineering degrees, then naysayers questioned my career transition to marketing, then I faced outright discrimination when I started moving up the career ladder. I had to buckle down, believe in myself, and listen to my advocates instead of my haters. I want the world to know that there are no shortcuts in life, put in the work and patiently wait to receive your rewards.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would start with a brisk walk along the Beltline; Eastside and Westside Beltline trails both feature amazing murals. Next we’d check out Atlanta Indie Market to support local artists and makers (currently Sundays at West End). Next, we’d check out the local brewery scene at Orpheus Brewing, Monday Night, or Urban Tree Cidery. We’d top off the night with a great meal at a BIPOC owned business such as Nancy’s Pizza, Triple Jay’s Pizza, or Slutty Vegan. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost, I couldn’t have done this without the love and support from my husband, Paul Dunn. They say it takes a village and that’s true, I couldn’t have accomplished everything I have without the people who believe in me. So many have encouraged, mentored, and inspired me including: Tina Klein, Linda Davis, Jodi HensonKeeter, Avram Piltch, Elizabeth Simpson, Ella & Jody Dyer, Likun Mishra, Greg Coonley, Joey Gullo, and many more.