Every Friday on the MeetingPlay blog we feature a different employee. The faces behind the leading event app that combined make have helped us delight event attendees, and provide event planners with a successful solution.
What many people don’t realize about MeetingPlay, is that we are female owned – not always something one expects from a technology focused business. Our owner, Lisa Vann, not only owns MeetingPlay, but she is also the Chief Operating Officer, and deals with the daily ins and outs of every capacity when it comes to MeetingPlay, our apps, and our clients.
In the past, we have shared some of Lisa’s amazing story in how she got started in the technology and events world – and today, we get to learn even more about Lisa as the amazing #eventprofs that she is! Meet Lisa:
1. What was your first job – tell us about it.
My first job was as a Food Technologist. We were supposed to make food taste better for consumers. The People and company were amazing and I loved working there, but making food taste better is not exactly my main purpose in life (sorry to the foodies out there, someone can do this much better for you). I learned so much from the experience and had great opportunities in figuring out what I wanted to do (and didn’t want to do). Word of advice - even when the job isn’t exactly what you want, use it to help you understand more about yourself. There is something to learn from every experience.
(Editor's note: see Lisa's amazing ability to learn in every situation, and rise above? That's one of the most amazing aspects about Lisa, and one of the very reasons MeetingPlay is continously growing and expanding. You can learn more about Lisa's good advice she recently shared on the EventTechGuide blog - '4 Quotes for Every Event Professionals to Rise'.)
2. Who has influenced you most in your professional path/career?
This is a tough one to answer. There have been multiple people along the way who have told me I was doing a good job - from my parents, to my bosses. Really, that’s all I needed to hear from the outside world. Inside it’s all me: I want it. It’s something I’m good at (wow that’s hard to say out loud but true). My success has come from being able to internalize and be aware of my strengths and weaknesses. Knowing that I excel at my career, and am abitious has truly provided me the drive to keep going and pushing myself.
3. What’s your favorite part about working in the event technology (or events) industry?
The pace - everything is fast (or faster than fast). I get bored easily so I love how quickly we move.
4. What career advice would you give your 18-year-old self, looking back?
Erase all of the doubt - that I am good enough and I can do it. I may not be perfect, but I am enough. I recently discovered Jennifer Lee's 2014 University of New Hampshire graduation speech, where she truly talks about how detrimental self doubt is. One of my favorite things she says:
"And if I’ve learned one thing, it’s that self-doubt is one of the most destructive forces. It makes you defensive instead of open, reactive instead of active. Self-doubt is consuming and cruel and my hope is today that we can all collectively agree to ban it. "
5. What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not working?
Spend time with my amazing girls. There is nothing better.
Truly Lisa is not only a valuable asset and vital part of the success of MeetingPlay - she is an empowering entrepreneur and example.