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Give Back Cincinnati

Karl Preissner

POSITION: Leadership Development


I was born in Chicago. I moved around a lot growing up, but mostly grew up in Houston and St. Louis. I went to college at Northwestern in Chicago where I studied Chemical Engineering and Economics. I came to Cincinnati out of college when I hired with P&G. I currently lead Global Diversity & Inclusion efforts for P&G. I am married to my best friend, Erin Heidrich. We live in Columbia Tusculum.

Why I got involved with GBC:

I was a Boy Scout in my younger days. We were taught that contributing to your community is and essential part of a full life. I’ve found that to be true.

Why should others get involved:

Boy… so many reasons. The biggest reason is probably because it is the best place in town to have a positive impact on your community. And along the way you can learn to build homes, lead teams, have fun. Oh yeah, the dating scene was always pretty strong.

What GBC means to me:

Give Back Cincinnati is a home for me to make a contribution to the community I live in. My first GBC event was in 2003 when I volunteered to paint a school. I then became involved in Lily Pad USA in 2005, and have also been on several New Orleans trips with Give Back Beyond. I am proud to be part of GBC because I enjoy being surrounded by caring neighbors interested in delivering real results for the community.

My first GBC event:

Back to School

My favorite GBC event:

My favorite GBC events are the Give Back Beyond events. Made some of my best friends there.

What makes GBC unique:

It’s all created and run by young professional volunteers. Which makes it super flexible and fun! Its changed a bunch over the years and will continue to do so.

Fun Fact:
I walked into 16 Bit one time and made it to the finals of their Soulcaliber tourney. In an eight-person field, I took second, though I’ve never played that game before. So it felt pretty good making the eventual champion sweat a bit.