Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day, an annual celebration of women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. (It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.)
As part of this celebration, the team at ConventionSouth Media Group wishes to honor all women in the meetings and events profession. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication.
Also, we want to shine a spotlight on one professional meeting planner, Tami Maynard, who is the Executive Assistant – Agency Operations for the Council on Occupational Education, based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Anyone who has attended Rendezvous South, the annual hosted-buyer conference produced by ConventionSouth Media Group, has likely met Tami. She is always outgoing, enthusiastic and energetic and has a hug for everyone. Each year, she adds fun to the business and social activities, fully engaging in the program and often getting people out on the dance floor.
But in case you think she isn’t serious about her job, here’s what she told ConventionSouth when asked about using her creative skills to plan events:
“I use creative skills to streamline the decision-making process, to plan and work ahead of the calendar year to book meetings within a 12-14-month timeline. My experience in the past is this would be the best method to ensure that I not only find a great destination for our groups to host meetings and enjoy the properties with amenities appealing to their interest; but I also look to continue to find ways to save monies that will allow our organization and association members to have an affordable plus memorable event.”
Also, not content to maintain the status quo, Tami is continually seeking to add to her skills. When asked if she expects to use a new form of technology or increase the use of technology in the coming year, she replied:
“This will be the year that I set myself apart from the norm to demonstrate how much time and thought goes into our planning, preparation and executions for all programs. By taking the time to listen to our stakeholders and association members, I feel the need to improve or implement better technology for our attendees to be more engaged with training. More research will be done to meet with suppliers who will offer the services our members expect to have at the annual conferences. This is the best way to keep everyone involved, informed and current with technology. Training the trainers is a concept I am suggesting to management to get them involved with how organizations stay connected and ahead of the curve with technology.”
Hats off to Tami and all women engaged in the meetings and events profession on the 2018 observance of International Women’s Day!