Each Friday on the MeetingPlay blog we like to get a bit personal and share the faces behind the mobile event apps and event registration solutions. From marketing to sales, to account managers, our CEO, COO, CSMO, and now one MeetingPlay 2017 graphic design intern, Kathleen M. Kathleen will be a junior in the fall at the Pennsylvania State University.
Meet MeetingPlay's #EventProfs, Kathleen M:
1. What was your first job? Tell us about it.
I was a soccer coach at a summer camp in Columbia, Maryland. I started out as an assistant, which was realistically just a glorified babysitting position, but eventually grew to become a head coach. I was able to design my own drills and scrimmages with my campers. It was great leadership experience; the only downside was the farmer’s tan.
2. Who has influenced you most in your professional path/career?
My father has been my biggest motivator in most everything, especially my career path. His work ethic is unparalleled; I have the utmost respect for him. My professors at Penn State have also driven me to grow as a professional, especially those in the College of Arts & Architecture and the Smeal College of Business.
3. What's your favorite part about working in the event technology (or events) industry?
I think my favorite part is knowing that I’ll never do the same thing twice. Every project I get my hands on is unique from the last. My work gets to help professionals from all over connect with each other, and that’s exceptionally rewarding.
4. Looking back, what career advice would you tell your 18-year-old self?
In two years, you’ll get to work for a company called MeetingPlay. Do yourself a favor and start building your Photoshop skills... now.
5. What's your favorite thing to do when you're not working?.
Well, I’m technically still in school; I’m finishing up my Bachelor’s in Graphic Design & Smeal Business Certificate at Penn State (we are!) but when I’m not in class, I love staying active, so anything ranging from pickup soccer to paddleboarding is ideal. I’m also an award-winning nail artist, so I continue to paint my nails and canvases in my free time!