What is the most common misconception among new event planners you run into?
So often, I hear that event planning is glamorous, fun and all about planning parties or that event planning is a job anyone can do.
Why start your own company? What are the advantages and disadvantages of being your own boss?
The freedom to work exclusively with people smarter than I am, whom I enjoy and respect was transformative. Creating a corporate culture that is supportive, communicative, empowering and fun is an incredible gift not just to me, but to my team, my clients and my vendors. The challenge is not having an IT department at the ready when things go wrong, and the responsibility of knowing other people trust me with their livelihoods for as long as they chose to share their talents. It is simultaneously motivating, humbling and daunting.
How did you get involved in Crowne Plaza Meeting Mentors program?
Crowne Plaza approached me about joining a panel of industry experts who would help to influence the brand’s future meetings offerings. The brand explained that they are looking to better understand the needs of all those involved in planning a meeting, so Crowne Plaza can deliver a positive experience where planners feel supported. That was key to me because, so often, we as planners do not have good experiences with venues, as they do not take the time to listen to our needs. I have never had a hotel brand welcome my offer to lend my expertise in a way that would actually change how a brand looks at meetings.