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EMMY AWARD-WINNING Anchor/Reporter/Producer and Entrepreneur with 17 years of on-camera experience on national television and online. I helped to revolutionize the world of online video journalism as a pioneer of digital video content post dot.com boom and beyond. Through dedicated hard work and giving back to the communities in which I’ve reported on, I was also awarded the Governor's medallion for extraordinary service to the broadcast industry. My career has given me journalistic breadth ranging from local news to meteorology, sports and business with a focus on tech.
My tenure at Forbes solidified my beat in business and has developed me into an extremely well connected industry expert. My passion and expertise for the tech world has poised me for my most recent endeavors as an Executive Consultant to established industry leaders, Executive Advisor for Startups, On-air Career/ Technology Expert, Executive Director of the Extreme Tech Challenge ( www.extremtechchallenge.com ) and Entrepreneur as Founder/Chairman of asynchronous interview platform Kymerview which trains young women in how to interview effectively, as well as Founder/President of global healthcare nonprofit TheWayToMyHeart.org.
Highlights of my broadcasting career:
* I shook up the industry by helping to build five video departments for large influential publications that shaped the online video journalism industry.
* Journalist at Forbes Magazine, interviewing the who's who in tech, Hollywood, Capitol Hill, and sports: Facebook's Sean Parker and Sir Richard Branson to Jay Leno and Jerry Rice.
* Fox News Channel contributor Saturday mornings on “Forbes On Fox".
* First web-centric finance/tech focused female video reporter at forefront of emergence of online entertainment.
* First online video reporter accepted into Capital Press Corp in Sacramento.
* First Female Sports Director/Anchor/Reporter in San Francisco Bay Area
* First woman in SF Bay Area to host a racing show covering Nascar, IndyCar, and AMA Superbike
* First online technology video reporter at a traditional publication to receive an Emmy in NATAS, Northern California Chapter.
The Way To My Heart.org
I started The Way To My Heart, a global nonprofit 501(c)(3), after covering a story in which I was not satisfied with the ending. The story began with travel around the world over the last five years to ten countries and more than two dozen States to cover, as a journalist, the FDA Clearance process & global commercialization of what some told me could be a game-changing device in unblocking arteries. During my journey I observed thousands of hours of procedures in which Vascular Specialists used multiple methods to unblock arteries in legs and heart, interviewed hundreds of doctors and patients, and met with dozens of medical device-makers, as well as hospital and Office-Based Lab/Ambulatory Surgery Center administrators.
Through that experience I discovered many heart attacks, strokes, and amputations are preventable. A big problem is that innovation in healthcare is moving at the speed of light and patients as well as doctors are quickly falling behind. That's when I decided to bridge that gap by educating, engaging, and empowering patients to take their healthcare into their own hands.
My life purpose is saving life & limb.
I am editor-at-large for Vator.TV's Healthcare Innovators series where I talk to key innovators at large healthcare organizations to find out what's new and next in treating patients.
I interview the who's who of innovation. What's new and what's next. I used to have my show syndicated on radio but have since move directly to the Innovators.Network where many segments are still aired in the award-winning "Killer Innovations" show with host Phil McKinney, which is syndicated in 40 markets. My main focus is now interviewing healthcare innovators.
Ra Medical Systems
For TheInnovators.Network, I became the first journalist to capture on video an FDA study in the vascular realm from start to finish. I had the opportunity to follow the FDA study and global commercialization of what some said could be the biggest breakthrough in vascular treatment in the last decade, a laser to unblock arteries. While documenting this journey, I also consulted for the company as an Executive Storyteller, applying an Emmy Award-winning journalistic skillset, to initiate a disruptive approach to commercializing a new medical device in the vascular industry and preparing for IPO. As executive storyteller, I captured the essence of the product, its use, and its potential through thousands of hours observing patient cases and listening to critical interactions surrounding the product, the market, and competitors. What I learned from listening and observing led me to ultimately develop real, raw, relatable, authentic video content, including unprompted and unedited doctor/patient interviews and real-time endovascular procedural stories. That content has been used for hospital staff/patient/sales education, training, brand awareness, and as IPO road show collateral. I also initiated the development of a disruptive, outward-facing communications program targeting an untapped market for patients, including a patient resource program, as well as a social media and digital outreach, that's unprecedented for this industry. I documented my 4+ year journey observing the clearance and adoption of the biggest breakthrough in the treatment of vascular diseases since the balloon over-the-wire at www.MyDABRALaserStory.com.
Extreme Tech Challenge
I helped take the Extreme Tech Challenge from inception to becoming the world's largest startup competition, implementing integrated vertical awards with sponsorship, gathering critical resources to support startups in scaling, creating unique mentoring and media opportunities, and more. It is the first startup competition in conjunction with the world's largest consumer electronics show, CES and Sir Richard Branson. The top 10 pitch live on stage at CES. The top 3 pitch Sir Richard Branson and a celebrity panel of judges on Branson's private Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands. As XTC's first Executive Director, contest strategist, and contest emcee for both the semi-finals and finals, I vetted more than 4,000 startups, and helped select the best companies to present on stage at CES as well as before Sir Richard Branson.
Developed and hosted a weekly technology series on KPIX 5 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Taking an innovative approach to capturing stories via selfie stick and iPhone, we featured the coolest tech companies in Silicon Valley.
For nearly five years I wrote for the magazine, helped build the west coast video department from scratch and covered the latest in business in technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, the stock market, sports, and celebrities. My favorite stories were about executives who lived extraordinary and rewarding lives outside the boardroom. I was at the forefront of a new extreme entrepreneur with whom I was first to bring to the forefront in mass coverage through my Emmy nominated "Personal Best" series. I also enjoyed appearing weekly on Fox News Channel's "Forbes On Fox" broadcast, challenging Steve Forbes and other Forbes staff on critical current events, especially political topics.
Profiles / Projects
Extreme Tech Challenge
Executive Director & Emcee
For two years I ran what evolved into the world's largest global startup competition as Executive Director, in partnership with CES and Sir Richard Branson as our anchor judge. The top ten presented live on stage at the world's largest consumer electronics show in Las Vegas where I was able to attract a standing room only crowd. The top 3 went on to present to Sir Richard Branson on his private Necker Island.
KDOW Radio's "NewFocus On Innovation" & "Kym McNicholas On Innovation"
Host, weekly radio show sponsored by NewFocus Financial Group
For more than two years I interviewed the who's who of innovation every Thursday and Friday at 2pm PT on the San Francisco Bay Area's #1 Business Information radio station, 1220AM, and the #1 streamed Business Information radio station in the U.S., kdow.biz.
tv appearance & forbes interview/story portfolio
Technology: Pandora's Tim Westergren
Founder of the online radio network defends his turf with increasing competition.
Healthcare: Big Medical Breakthrough With Potential To Tackle #1 Killer In America
In 2016 I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Ernesto Rodriguera for The Innovators Network, where I hosted a radio show and video podcast, about a technology that has the potential to tackle the number one killer in America, Cardiovascular Disease. For more go to www.MyDABRAlaserStory.com
Technology: Sharp CEO Admits Apple and Google Are A Problem For Them
Executive Interviews at CES annually.
Fox News: Forbes On Fox Contributor
Weekly segment on Saturday mornings
Each week while at Forbes Magazine, i would appear on Fox News Channel with insight on global issues and stock picks.
Forbes: Anchor Reel
From daily stock market updates to in-depth video interviews and stories.
A sampling from my tenure at Forbes.
Technology: Interview With SalesForce CEO Marc Benioff
One of multiple interviews I've done with Marc Benioff.
TV Guest Startup-Up Expert: KRON 4
Fun Places To Work in Silicon Valley
I am available to be a general consumer tech, health tech, innovation, entrepreneur, startup contributor for television stations looking for fun segments.
KRON 4: How To Handle Gender Bias In The Workplace
Advice for succeeding in the face of adversity.
As a career expert, I shared advice for anyone looking for inspiration. I tackled controversial issues that impacted women, hoping to empower all women to persevere.
CBS Tech 2: Office Crashers, Twitter
Why people are flocking to work at one of the world's largest social networks.
I've crashed the officers of Twitter, Tinder and more. For more episodes, check out the Tech 2 Playlist HERE: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLt2BmRdh7tCz7aWREv7_V_pjXBcrbLqVt
At the Forefront of New Trends
The first to discover and report on what has now become the biggest sports trend in Silicon Valley, Kiteboarding.
I covered the increasing passion for kiteboarding by tech executives in Silicon Valley which led me from Journalist to becoming the founding director of what I grew into the largest global startup competition at the time, The Extreme Tech Challenge, with Sir Richard Branson as the anchor judge.
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It happens when you give a would-be comedian his first video interview.
Cody Ko as he's now known was a budding entrepreneur when I interviewed him about creating an uber successful app. Before I conduct any interviews, I always send a note out to a select group of successful entrepreneurs to have them assess the interviewee and their product. The feedback for this one focused on "what's next"-- "how does he plan to turn a successful app into a business, or does he?" He never did. Instead he became a successful comedian with a large fanbase that largely believes I was too hard on him in this interview. I think it framed this brilliant young man perfectly to allow him the opportunity to show he's up to the task of competing with the big boys & girls of Silicon Valley.
Nearly 20 years experience as an emcee for high level events from HSBC's annual tech conference to Girls In Tech's annual Global Conference. When companies hire me they get a host who can not only create seamless flow, but also provide valuable insight from experience to add value beyond basic bio introductions, as well as an Emmy Award-winning interviewer for strategic fireside chats.
Relay Ventures "Strictly Mobile"
5 years I emcee'd this venture capital firm's events, which included writing and presenting insightful introductions/transitions as well as hosting fireside chats.
"The Citizen Doctor - Walter & Sam De Brouwer, co-founders of Scanadu (www.scanadu.com) with Dr. Eric Topol (author of the Creative Destruction of Medicine) in discussion with Kym McNicholas on stage at Strictly Mobile 2014 in Mountain View, CA on April 10, 2014. www.strictlymobile.com"
NCTA "The Near Future" Conference
I was asked by former FCC Chairman and current NCTA Chairman Michael Powell and CableLabs CEO Phil McKinney to host "The Near Future Conference" which included scripting of all intros. My insight based on experience covering innovation as a journalist was the glue that created flow for this event.
IN THE PRESS
A sampling of press coverage and appearances.