What was the most memorable event you’ve worked on?
My most memorable event is working with the Green Sports Alliance Summit. In March 2011, the Green Sports Alliance launched in the Pacific Northwest with six teams and five venues. Watching this event grow to nearly 500 sports teams and venues, from 15 different sports leagues, and 14 countries has been amazing. Sports have such a huge impact on our culture and our communities. It is so impressive to watch the sports teams step up to the plate and take a stand for the environment. The teams, leagues, venues, and sponsors acknowledge that we need to make changes to keep our planet healthy. As influential heroes and leaders, they have taken this opportunity to create a call to action that their fans will embrace. Together, they will make a difference for our planet.
What was the AHA Moment that made you love events?
Growing up as an avid athlete, my AHA moment was watching a video of Nadia Comaneci scoring a perfect 10 in the 1976 Olympics. At a young age, I knew I loved events, the crowds, the fans, and the excitement around them, whether that was fund-raisers for animals, parades, or even the circus. Every event is unique. Today's events create experiences that can have an extraordinary impact on attendees. I love being a part of the experience and helping to create that impact.
Any advice for up-and-coming event pros?
Be brave, be bold, think outside the box. Be ahead of the curve and imagine that what’s around the bend is where you might find your next AHA moment.