Frequently Asked Questions

 

 1.  How Long Have You Been Planning Meetings & Special Events?

I have been planning Meeting and Special Events for over 30 years.  I began planning special events in college at the University of Kansas as I was involved in the Student Union Activities Board as the Fine Arts Committee Chair.  I planned all kinds of activities around campus and I found that I enjoyed planning special events,  After graduating from college, I did an Internship at Sheild King Public Relations, in Chicago, IL and then I landed a full-time position as Director of Special Events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CF) Greater Illinois Chapter.  After two years at CF, I decided it was time to move on with my career and focus on Meeting Planning.  Therefore, I landed a position as Meetings Assistant at the American Bar Association.  From there, I worked for an entertaining company, Record-A-Hit.  I then started my own company, Eventful Occasions, Inc. where I planned all kinds of events around Chicago.  After seven years of running my own business, I then worked for a couple of incentive management companies.  I then spent two years at Sears, Roebuck and Company as Assistant Manager, Off-Site Events.  I moved to Denver, CO in 2006, and I then landed a position at an Association Management company. Since then I have I have focused on Meeting Planning as a Meeting Manager/Consultant which I have enjoyed tremendously.

 

 

 

 2.  What Industry Accreditations Do You Have?

  • Certified Meeting Professionals (CMP) Accreditation, Chicago, IL, June 1995.

  • Certified Meeting Manager (CMM) Accreditation, September 2012.

  • Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC), June 2017.

  • Digital Event Strategist (DES), August 2020.

 

 

 

 3.  What Involvement Do You Have In the Industry?

I am actively involved in the following Associations:

  • Meeting Professionals International (MPI)

  • Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) 

  • Toastmasters International