Lindsay Ezykowich, 27, works in Jersey City, NJ, as event manager at Forbes Live, Forbes Media. As a 2018 40 Under 40 honoree, Ezykowich discusses her passion for the events industry.
How I got here: After working as an associate producer in news, and then working in marketing and PR, I knew I needed to make the career move. I found an assistant position at Forbes, which allowed me to work on one of their major events, the Forbes Women’s Summit I proved myself as an assistant for ForbesWoman, while volunteering for Forbes Live. After nine months, a spot opened up on the Live team, and I jumped!
Greatest career accomplishment: The Forbes Under 30 Summit EMEA tops the list. In a short timeframe, I produced the five-day event, which took place in various sites around Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. This event included receptions/dinners, content with panels/speakers, a music festival, networking, food festival, a tour through Old City, a hike up Masada for sunrise and a trip to the Dead Sea.
Impressive stats: I helped save the company roughly 40 percent on the overall budget for our Under 30 Summit EMEA.
Specific improvement I’ve made: I attended the Experiential Marketing Summit in Chicago last year and met some great people from an experiential marketing agency, based in New York. Now, our team is in the process of hiring one to help with one of our larger events—and the agency I met is one of our top choices. Network, network, network!!
What I’m working on now: We’re headed back to Israel, so I’m currently working with my team on ways to make this year’s event bigger and better! I’m in the process of planning our Forbes AgTech Summit: Salinas, while working to launch the Forbes AgTech Summit: Indy. Our AgTech Summit in Salinas has been wildly successful, so we’re growing. The event will take place in September over a two-day period.
What I do outside of work: I help plan various events for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, an organization very near to my heart. Traveling for work isn’t enough, so I try to travel in my spare time as much as I can. I’m also a huge health nut, so when I’m not in the office, you can find me in the gym!