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As a part-owner at Innovative Employee Solutions (IES), a San Diego-based, family-owned payrolling company, Kara developed her business savvy in a number of leadership roles, beginning as a Client Services Representative in 2006 and quickly accelerating to become the company’s National Business Development Manager. In 2013, Kara scaled back her role at IES and moved to Philadelphia to pursue a longtime interest early childhood development with the ultimate goal of launching creative playspace and developmentally-rich child enrichment facility.

After completing her Masters of Early Childhood Education in 2015, Kara opened NEST Chestnut Hill, the encore to the first highly successful NEST located in Center City. As Owner of NEST Chestnut Hill, Kara oversees day-to-day management of the facility, staff, and programs.  However you will often find her on the floor or in the playspace playing with all of the NEST kiddos or talking to the families which is her favorite part of her day!

Prior to her leadership at IES and NEST, Kara developed her business and management skills and account service experience working in both the financial and nonprofit sectors in a variety of roles, including Senior Project Manager at Fleet Financial in Boston, and Director of Development for Angels Foster Family Network in San Diego. Kara received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration – Management from Villanova University in Pennsylvania, and her Masters of Early Childhood Education from Chestnut Hill College. A San Diego native, she has also played an active role in numerous local nonprofits and community leadership programs, including LEAD San Diego, and board membership for the YMCA’s Youth and Family Services division.


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