MeetingPlay #EventProfs: Lori E.
On Fridays, MeetingPlay shares the talent and hard work that we call our team. From marketing, design, sales, front end development, back end development, operations, and more - we pause to get a little bit personal, showcasing the faces behind the mobile event apps and event technology solutions we work on each day.
This week we meet MeetingPlay's brand new Chief Marketing Officer, Lori E.
1. What was your first job? Tell us about it:
My first and most lucrative job was as a toy tester. I was five years old and was paid in toys that hadn’t yet been released to market. (Backstory: My dad worked for a major toy company and, at the time, they did some research by sending toys home with employees for their kids to play with. My parents had to fill out some paperwork while I played with the toy.)
2. Who has influenced you most in your professional path/career?
Definitely my dad, who taught me the importance of a strong work ethic and showed me how to be a fair and fun colleague and manager. Because of his love and support, I always knew I could do anything I set my mind to. I’ve also had the amazing luck to work with some truly incredible women mentors. They’ve shown me how to be confident, take risks and foster the sisterhood.
3. What's your favorite part about working in the event technology and events industry?
While I’m new to event technology, I have been a part of the hospitality industry for many years. To pull off a great event, you have to forge a meaningful connection with your entire event team. That’s what drew me to hospitality - the genuineness of the team involved, all focused on the same goal. It’s always felt like a family to me, and because of this, I still have the most amazing memories of the things we accomplished for my hotels and am still very close to many of the people I worked with.
4. Looking back, what career advice would you tell your 18-year-old self?
Don’t sign up for so many 8 am classes in college. You’re not a morning person, so it won’t end well. Later in my career, I found this validated as I learned about StrengthsFinder which encourages you to focus on what works for you, rather than spending time trying to fix what’s wrong. If you aren’t familiar with StrengthFinders, I would suggest giving it a try… I love how they describe the journey to “be more of who you already are”.
5. What's your favorite thing to do when you're not working?
I'm just as passionate about great marketing as I am about travel (next up is a trip to Italy in November), rescue pups (including my pit-mix, Arthur), fitness (especially indoor surfing), a delicious meal, and a great bottle of wine. I’m lucky enough to live in the greatest city in the world – New York City – and am married to a wine guy, so my food and drink game is pretty strong.
Since Lori has been 'an official' member of the MeetingPlay team, she has already made incredible strides and accomplishments. We're grateful to have her on board. Welcome, Lori!
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