The Managing Director of TYM Studio™, an internship training studio, and a Lecturer of Digital Media at the University of Houston, Karen Snyder has over 20 years of experience in developing and creating multi-media projects. She enjoys hunting down problems and solving them by mixing her creative skill-set with technological insights. An advocate for serious games and XR, she is creating and producing various showdowns that allow young talent ways to work with enterprise as they develop serious simulations.
The Creator and Executive Producer of the Healthcare Games Showdown™, she created an internship event for college students to produce video games for healthcare for companies such as Texas Children’s Hospital, AT&T Business, and Mount Sinai Abilities Research Center.
The Creator and Executive Producer of the XR Showdown™, this event involves young talent working on enterprise VR/AR/MR projects and is presented by ExxonMobil.
She has managed and directed teams of up to 90 both in-house and globally distributed as they develop and create multi-media, social media, and transmedia projects that involve technology, design, branding, marketing, social media, finance, and business strategy. Karen earned her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Media Design from Full Sail University and earned the distinction of being valedictorian of her class. Previously, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Business Administration from Capella University.
As KYS REALM, she is the creator of the transmedia series, The Elements Club®. One of only a hand-full of female video game producers focused on the casual game space, she created and launched The Elements Club: Unity Match® video game.
She presented and led panels regarding full-motion video game development, esports, and transmedia at GamesBeat, SXSW, Dreamhack, Comicpalooza and other conferences. In all these endeavors, she is focused on developing transmedia projects that incorporate full-motion video games, video production, and mobile technology.
BS, Business Administration
(Summa Cum Laude)
Master of Fine Arts: Digital Communication & Multi-Media
My mind can simplify complexity and review alternative scenarios to find solutions to problems.
When I commit to a task, I take on a psychological ownership so that I feel emotionally bound to complete it well and on time.
At the end of the day, I must have achieved an objective, otherwise I do not feel that I have accomplished anything.
I love unleashing the abilities of others by finding out the unique qualities of each person, and then forming them into a productive team.
A life-long learner, I am energized by new subjects, ideas and facts across multiple industries.
Visualizing and communicating information is a joy for me.