Carey Palmquist
Senior Vice President, First Book

Carey Palmquist is responsible for assisting First Book's leadership team execute on new ideas for growth strategy and innovation. Carey joined First Book after 4+ years as Executive Director of Operation Warm, a national non-profit providing brand new coats to low-income children. Prior to joining the non-profit sector, Carey served as Vice President of Operations for a state-of-the-art, multi-billion dollar cancer treatment company where she was responsible for all operational aspects of the company's flagship treatment center in Oklahoma City. She has also served in the capacity of human resources executive in the healthcare, technology, and financial industries. Carey serves on the board of The Institute for Global Youth Development Programs, holds a Master's of Management from Cambridge College and is a certified Six Sigma Green and Black Belt.


First Book
Podcast #50 — Aired December 18, 2014

Did you know that more than 30 million children in the United States live in low-income households and that many of them have no age-appropriate books at home? An organization called First Book is working to change that by providing children in need with brand new, high-quality books. This week on BetterWorldians Radio, we’re talking with Kyle Zimmer, CEO and President of First Book and Carey Palmquist, a Senior Adviser at First Book. Zimmer and Palmquist will discuss how getting books into the hands of children who need them changes lives.


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Giving Back For the Holidays and Beyond
Podcast #11 — Aired December 26, 2013

For the holiday season, give the gift of warmth! This week on BetterWorldians Radio we’ll talk with two organizations that focus on providing the less fortunate with the things they need to stay warm through the winter. Our guests this week are Tom Costello, the founder of The Joy of Sox, and Carey Palmquist, the Executive Director of Operation Warm. Tom will discuss how he went from a “homeless phobia” to providing over 100,000 pairs of new socks for the homeless. Carey will tell us how, to date, Operation Warm has provided more than a million children with their first new coat to keep them warm. Tune in every week to hear new guests share how they are making the world a better place and to learn how you can become a BetterWorldian!


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