Smart Meetings September 2022 Digital Issue - 8

Meeting
Professionals
of the Year
Kyle Jordan
Kyle " Meetings Architect " Jordan
CAE, CEM-AP, CMP, DES, CMM
Director of Meetings, INFORMS
Motivation
Even during these difficult times, I have one of the coolest
and most fulfilling careers in an industry that I'm passionate
about, which brings people together. It doesn't
get much better than that!
Meghan Kenny
Ellie Hurley
Ellie " The Critical Thinker " Hurley (she/her)
Director of Event Services, Smithbucklin
Motivation
My pep talk typically includes three elements: (1) A
practical assessment- " this " (whatever this is) is going to
happen whether I'm ready or not, so I better be ready; (2)
Self-motivation-along the lines of: I've managed through
all sorts of challenges before, so I know I can handle this
one. At this point, I remind myself that I can only do what
I can do. It takes the pressure off. If I do my best, nothing
more can be asked of me; and (3) The big why-why we
do this. I know that along with my amazing teammates,
we've made a difference-whether we've helped our
organization achieve its mission, enabled a member to
advance their career, facilitated new business connections
or simply brought joy through the event, we know
we've done great things. It's an amazing feeling.
Mahoganey Jones
Mahoganey " Cheerleader " Jones
CMP, DES, Founder and CEO, Event Specialists Inc.
Motivation
What motivates me is my network of industry friends
and colleagues who support each other to do what we
love. The pep talk I give myself is to remind myself that I
have the privilege of choosing great clients and teams to
work with. I also remind myself that there are a lot of new
pressures and to be patient as we collaborate to design
great events. Between staffing shortages and designing
events during such uncertainties, we have to focus on
the now and the things we can control.
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Meghan " Sherlock Holmes " Kenny
Introductory Sommelier Certification
Motivation
My team is a huge part of what motivates me. In this
fast-paced and pressurized environment, I am constantly
inspired by the camaraderie and spirit of my colleagues.
I am invested in playing my part to help our new hires find
their way and feel such pride when I get to watch them
execute and succeed in planning their first programs. I
also love learning from them, which I do all the time-every
day, every event.
Lessons Learned: To let go of what I can't control and
pivot. All I can do as a planner (and person) is own my
reaction and focus on honing my ability to be flexible
during trying times. Cancelled events, cancelled flights
and sudden 'unseasonable' rainstorms are all things I
can't control. I am at my best when I can self-create small
moments of space during the uncontrollable and just
breathe. When I step out of the chaos, I always find my
way forward.

Smart Meetings September 2022 Digital Issue

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Smart Meetings September 2022 Digital Issue

September Cover
Bright Perspective
Smart buzz
Feature: Event Mavericks
Event Recap
Destination: Western Canada
Destination: Tucson
Destination: Nebraska
Destination: Palm Springs
Destination: Wosconsin
Smart Meetings September 2022 Digital Issue - September Cover
Smart Meetings September 2022 Digital Issue - Cover2
Smart Meetings September 2022 Digital Issue - 1
Smart Meetings September 2022 Digital Issue - Bright Perspective
Smart Meetings September 2022 Digital Issue - Smart buzz
Smart Meetings September 2022 Digital Issue - Feature: Event Mavericks
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Smart Meetings September 2022 Digital Issue - Event Recap
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Smart Meetings September 2022 Digital Issue - Destination: Western Canada
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Smart Meetings September 2022 Digital Issue - Destination: Tucson
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Smart Meetings September 2022 Digital Issue - Destination: Nebraska
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Smart Meetings September 2022 Digital Issue - Destination: Palm Springs
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Smart Meetings September 2022 Digital Issue - Destination: Wosconsin
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