Every Friday on the MeetingPlay blog - we focus on the individuals behind the hard work of MeetingPlay. We share the hardworking, talented and dedicated faces behind MeetingPlay's mobile event apps and event technology. This week we meet one of MeetingPlay's #eventprofs, Director of Client Management (aka orange frog rockstar!), Lezlie R.
1. What was your first job – tell us about it.
My first job was a summer job detasseling corn in Iowa. We got up at 5:30 a.m., got on the bus at 6 a.m., and rode to the fields for up to 2 hours. We spent 8 – 10 hours manually pulling the tassels off the seed corn. It was also my first supervisory job – I supervised a team of six to ensure quality control. In college, I worked full-time most of my undergraduate program as a computer operator in a hospital, doing backups, printing reports, and data entry – it allowed me the luxury of my own apartment without a roommate!
My first “real” job was as a system admin for a start-up financial document printing company in San Diego, where I eventually moved up to being the assistant plant manager before the company was acquired for its printing technology.
2. Who has influenced you most in your professional path/career?
I’ve been most influenced in regards to work at first by my mom, and then my husband. My mom went back for her bachelor’s and master’s degrees when I was 12, and finished both in just 2-1/2 years. She went on to found the Biofeedback and Stress Management department at a major hospital in Omaha, working a lot of 12 – 16 hour days to get it set up and ready for patients. So it was her work ethic and her drive for continuous education that influenced me most.
My husband, Phillip, is the smartest, hardest working, most politically savvy (without being political) person I know. When I have questions about how to handle a work situation, he’s the one I go to for advice, and I always learn something from him! He also has been a great role model for leadership.
3. What's your favorite part about working in the event technology (or events) industry?
As a marketing manager for small companies, I was in charge of the tradeshow booths and other events that they did. I really liked the opportunity to interface directly with the customers, get their feedback, and find out what their pain points were and what new options they would like to see. The energy around events is always positive!\
4. Looking back, what career advice would you tell your 18-year-old self?
Find a mentor/coach – someone who’s invested in your growth and success. Listen more than you talk, and ask more questions.
5. What's your favorite thing to do when you're not working?
There is no one “favorite”, except spending time with my husband and kids. Depends on my mood and what we have going on. I enjoy reading SF/Fantasy, playing video games with my family, swimming, and time outdoors. Last year, we went whitewater rafting at Ohiopyle State Park in Pennsylvania – it was a blast! Every couple of years we do a long road trip to explore other areas of the country. For stress management, I crochet afghans – they make great gifts. And I really like to cook!
Interested in learning more about what MeetingPlay's careers in event technology can be like? MeetingPlay is expanding, and we want to add you to the team! Want to learn more about the most engaging mobile event app and join the team?
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