Karen Swyszcz graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. She started Makinthebacon as a hobby blog back in 2012, as a way to escape her monotonous day job. Over the years, it has evolved into an online platform, initially providing content on personal finance, to now providing inspiration for entrepreneurs/aspiring entrepreneurs through blog posts and interviews. She has partnered with brands such as Camp Tech, Minted.co, Meridian Credit Union and Supperworks on digital campaigns. She has also interviewed CEOs in the areas of fintech and travel.
From 2017- 2020, Karen provided 1:1 consulting services and workshops for small business owners in blogging, social media and the basics of WordPress. She is a part-time continuing and professional studies instructor with Sheridan College, where she teaches their blogging and social media strategy courses.
In 2019 she co-authored the Best-Selling Book in Women’s Health on Amazon – Fitness To Freedom and launched a business and technology podcast – The Bacon Bits ‘n’ Bytes Podcast. Karen has also co-authored a book on diversity and feminism in Canada called Lighting The North, which is a 2020 Non-Fiction Finalist For The Canadian Book Club Awards. The book will be launching in November 2020.
When she is not working on Kaibigan Connection or her other endeavours, she can be found reading a good book, drinking lots of coffee, going for long bike rides on local country roads or teaching group fitness classes several times a week.