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Carey Kirkpatrick

Organization: CKP Group
Title: CEO & Founder, CKP Group
Program Graduation: BM, ALP Certificate 2000
Musical Studies: Horn
Musical Specialties: Large Ensemble
Non-Musical Specialties: Business Owner, Customer/Donor Relations, Marketing
Quote: “I’m proud to be an ALP alum. The program was hugely influential for me as a young musician with a curiosity that extended beyond being a performer. Having access to an alternative course of study that fostered my curiosity was game-changing for me and it influenced my path in ways I could never have imagined possible. I don’t believe I’d be where I am now without the spark-igniting opportunity of ALP.”


Carey Kirkpatrick is a veteran communications specialist. Following marketing and PR roles with the Rochester Philharmonic, New World Symphony, and Houston Symphony, Carey joined Texas-based media startup as director of marketing, seeing the site through state-wide market launches. In 2014, Carey founded CKP, which has grown into an award-winning, multi-state PR agency. Under Carey’s leadership, CKP has received peer recognition regionally and nationally and is the recipient of more than 100 awards and honors by AMA Houston, PRSA Houston, and more. Carey is a Houston Business Journal “40 Under 40” honoree and a Headliner in Marketing & Communications. She is a frequent speaker on topics like remote working, virtual collaboration, team building and communications trends. Carey serves as a Governing Director on the Board of Trustees of the Houston Symphony, as an Advisory Board member for Asia Society Texas Center, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Hermann Park Conservancy.