To kick off the new year, we are featuring an interview with Grammy nominated songwriter, producer, publisher, author and entrepreneur Kara DioGuardi! You know Kara from songs like “Sober” for P!nk, "UnDo It" for Carrie Underwood, "Heartbeat Song" for Kelly Clarkson, "Rich Girl" for Gwen Stefani and more. She was a judge on seasons 8 and 9 of "American Idol" and has mentored artists like Charlie Puth, Jason Derulo and Jon Bellion who is a phenomenal writer at her publishing company Arthouse Entertainment. She is the co-founder of Inspired Nation, a non-profit organization that aims to build a bridge between the talent and dreams of our youth and their hope for a better, more inspired world. And she even co-owns a restaurant in the northeast called, Walkers Maine. What you’ll pick up on quickly in this episode is that Kara loves collaboration, mentoring and giving young talent the resources grow and continue learning. She shares why feedback and advice is meant to create habit in work ethic and why we should always look for other opportunities to become versatile in our craft. Kara and I talk about it all in her new space in the Wedgehood Houston neighborhood in Nashville called Trimble House. NSAI has hosted a few events there and it is stunning – the interior design was all brought to life by Kara herself and it was fun getting the chance to visit her while she was in town. Before we get to our coffee break with Kara, be sure to check out her website karadioguardi.com for information on her discography, Inspired Nation, Arthouse Entertainment, Trimble House and Walkers Maine.