What's Cooking: More About Our Team


Meet Our Team:

  • Journalist Hope Katz Gibbs is a mom (Anna, 16, Dylan, 12), author, publisher and the founder of Inkandescent Public Relations
  • Futurist Chris Carbone is a dad (Mia, 3), trend tracker, and thought leader
  • Educator Carole Kihm is the mother of two grown up kids, Keira, 26, and Jonathan, 24), and has spent her life as a guidance counselor and student services director before becoming a middle school principal in Fairfax County VA
  • Illustrator Michael Gibbs is the dad of Anna and Dylan, whose art has graced the covers of dozens of magazines, newspapers, books, websites. Check out his award-winning work on this website, and at www.michaelgibbs.com and www.mglenwood.com

About HOPE KATZ GIBBS: “Thank you, Mr. Fitzgerald”

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a question my grandfather asked me when I was 5. It was my birthday and he’d just given me a little gold ring that said, “LOVE.” I climbed into his lap and told him, “I want to be an actress.”

And I stuck with that career choice until the November after I turned 12. I was sitting in my 6th grade English class when my teacher taught us how to paraphrase, retell, and summarize information. I felt like I was playing a game. At school. It was very exciting.

Then he had us read, “The Great Gatsby,” and I fell in love with Fitzgerald. Such a romantic. Such a tortured soul. I could relate. And after reading “The Old Man and the Sea,” I was not only hooked on literature, I realized that words on those pages could take you on a magical, emotional journey. Suddenly, schoolwork felt like playtime. I was hooked on words.

And then another magical moment happened. My dad read a few of my book reports and said, “You are a really good writer, Hope.” That meant the world to me because he was rarely home and any attention from him was like being sprinkled with fairy dust.

But what sealed the deal on my writing career was my first journalism class in 11th grade. I was wholly engrossed by the assignments, which seems like fun not work, and entranced by the fantastic idea that I could spend my life interviewing interesting people, writing about their lives and careers and success, failures, and lessons learned—and have those articles published in actual newspapers and magazines … for money.

After graduating from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania in 1986, I landed my first job at the biggest paper in the tiny town of Morgantown, West Virginia—and I was on my path.

In the 25-plus years since, my feature articles and book reviews have appeared in the Washington Post, USA Today, big university publications, the Costco Connection, and dozens of other newspapers and magazines.

When the world of journalism started teetering in 2001, I got into PR—where I knew I could use my writing skills to help others spread the word about their businesses. I launched my own firm in 2008, called Inkandescent Public Relations: www.inkandescentpr.com. And in January 2010, I became a magazine publisher myself when I launched an online business publication called Be Inkandescent: www.beinkandescent.com.

In 2012, I decided it was time to make the biggest dream I had as a kid come true: To start my own book publishing company. I created my own imprint, Inkandescent Books, with the goal of being an author and book publisher—but also, because I want to help others with the same deep desire to write books.

“So you want to be a …” is a series that I am thrilled to be working on with my friend and colleague Chris Carbone, a big thinker, skilled researcher, and overall good guy who took his BA in liberal arts from Gettysburg College and MBA from Johns Hopkins and turned it into a career as a futurist. I’ll let him explain exactly what that is, below.

For now, suffice it to say that for a living he reads as many research studies and articles as possible from nearly every industry imaginable, and then lets all that data and those disparate details boil, stew and simmer in his brain until he comes up with international consumer and business trends that are happening—and are likely to happen—in the years to come.

When he isn’t noodling the future of food, sustainable energy, or relationships and generations (he actually did a study for Spike TV on the Future of Men), he thinks about other big ideas. And when I’m lucky, sometimes he has coffee with me.

It was over a freshly brewed cup last fall that I told him about the idea for this book series, and he thought it was a great idea because—like me—Chris had a good idea what he wanted to be when he was a kid.

Not a futurist exactly—but he knew that studying trends would be a pretty good way to spend his career. Of course, “futurist” wasn’t exactly a profession three decades ago, but Chris knew what he wanted enough so that when he saw it—he knew he’d found his dream job.

And that is the goal of our series.

If you know what you want—fabulous!

This series of career biographies will help you with all the left-brained data you need to dive into the profession of your dreams:

• You’ll find the job growth projections through 2020,
• The salary range in your profession,
• The top schools that offer a degree in the subject matter of your choice, with data about the cost of a degree, and the amount of time it’ll likely take to get accredited, certified, and trained.
• Some of the possible things you can do in your profession, or with your degree that you may not have thought of.

If you don’t know what you want to be—no problem!

Our primary goal is to help you see the landscape of what’s possible. Like Chris, you’ll know it when you see it. And that’s why we have interviewed the professionals in each profession. While the data speaks volumes, the people living the dream are likely to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the good, wild, and why you may not want to do this gig.

So, what to you want to be when you grow up? We hope that we can help you decide. Here’s to your success! — Hope Katz Gibbs

ABOUT CHRIS CARBONE: “Yes, I am a futurist. And yes, I realize you probably have no idea what that is.”

Chris Carbone has worked in trend and foresight consulting for more than a decade, serving clients from Fortune 500 corporation and foreign and US government agencies. During this time he has researched and authored dozens of reports and scenarios on wide-ranging topics … from the future of leisure and play, to the future of urban mobility, to emerging consumer lifestyles in China.

He has been quoted in numerous publications including The Miami Herald, The Washington Post Express, and Fast Company, and appeared on the CBS Early Show. He currently oversees Innovaro’s two multi-client research projects—Global Lifestyles and Technology Foresight—and contributes to the firm’s custom engagements.

Carbone has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University with a concentration in Marketing, and received his undergraduate degree in History from Gettysburg College. For more information, contact him my email.

About MICHAEL GIBBS: “I was standing in the guidance office my freshman year at the University of Maryland, and realized I had no idea what I wanted to major in. No one had ever asked me.”

And that’s where the adventure began. I picked architecture for the year I spent at Maryland, but really was so clueless that I decided to take a year off. I worked as a manager at a photo lab in DC, and it was the best choice for me at the time.

Of course, I knew that I wanted to go to college, and one day at breakfast I filed out an application for Pratt Institute as a photography major. Amazingly, I got in based on a drawing I did, which is truly a miracle.

Once there, I wasn’t fond of how the photo teachers were trying to persuade me that my artistic approach to photography was wrong. When I took an illustration class, I was blown away. This type of art made perfect sense to me, so I switched my major and have been creating illustrations professionally ever since.

My style has evolved from traditional painting to a unique blend of traditional and digital techniques, with frequent forays into purely digital illustration. He was an early devotee of the Macintosh, Photoshop and digital illustration, and has been using the Mac and Photoshop since shortly after their introductions in the mid-eighties.

I am fortunate to say that my include magazines include Newsweek, Time, Government Executive Magazine, Consumer Reports, Harvard Business Review, and ComputerWorld; corporations such as United Airlines, Verizon, Wells Fargo, American Airlines, Boston Consulting and Oracle; institutions including Johns Hopkins, the IMF, American University, and Harvard University; publishers like Harper Collins, Dell Books, TOR Books, Ziff-Davis and Random House; newspapers including The Washington Post, The New York TImes, The Hartford Courant, The Dallas Morning News, and The Boston Globe; and associations such as the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, American Society of Industrial Security, The American Bankers Association, and many others. He has also done posters for theater, notably the Pittsburgh Repertory Theater, The Virginia Opera, and the Pittsburgh Opera. His artwork was also used for the logo of SenArt Films, producers of such films as The Station Agent and Fog of War.

In the past 5 years, I have worked extensively under the name of Michael Glenwood (my middle name), with considerable success and garnering a number of awards from most of the organizations listed below…

These illustrations have received recognition from the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, 3×3 Magazine Illustration Annual, Print, American Illustration, Spectrum Annual of Science Fiction/Fantasy Illustration, The Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington, The Art Directors Club of New Jersey, The Illustrators Club of Washington, the IABC, the Addies, and others. He has won Gold and Silver awards from the Society of Illustrators of LA, was honored with a Spectrum Gold Medal award in 2004, and wond multiple Silver Addy awards for his posters for the Pittsburgh Opera. He has won a number of “Best of Category,” gold and silver awards from the Ilustrators Club of Washington DC, and in 2011 won “Best of Category.”

My work has also been displayed at the Society of Illustrators gallery in New York, his work has been exhibited in the Society’s annual travelling show, and at the University of Maryland, James Madison University, Montgomery College, Northern Virginia College, and in juried group exhibitions at the Sumner School Museum, the Corcoran Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Washington, Billy Shire Fine Arts in Los Angeles, Gallery Nucleus in Los Angeles, and the Edison Gallery in Washington, DC. In the fall of 2005, his work was included in the Spectrum Best of Spectrum Sci-Fi/Fantasyshow at the Society of Illustrators.

To view my portfolio, visit www.michaelgibbs.com, and www.mglenwood.com.