I met Katelyn a few years ago when I was working in a hotel's event department and she bounced in and joined us as an event manager.
The first thing that stood out to me was her sense of adventure. I have never met someone so enthusiastic and literally up for anything! The second thing was her creativity and obvious skill and passion for the job.
I wasn't the only one who noticed, because it wasn't too long before she got her current job as a "task force" event manager, which basically means Katelyn is so awesome at managing events she travels to different company hotels across the country when they are in need of extra help, whether it's because they're in the process of filling an open position or opening a new hotel — or anything in between.
Though we were sad to see her go, I couldn't think of a better position for someone with such an outgoing personality and optimistic outlook on life.
Current job: Event manager – Americas.
First job after graduating/first "grown up" job: Investors bank and trust fund accountant.
Dream job: I'm doing it!
What is the best part about your job? Sharing with a new hire how fabulous the job can be.
What is the most challenging part? Working with people who are not change-embracers (like me)!
What has been your favorite place to travel to so far? Northern California—anything around the bay area is fabulous! Wine, water and waves.
Since you probably can't bring very much with you every time you go to a new location, what advice do you have for packing light for a somewhat lengthy stay somewhere? Two bags: one large for clothes and shoes, one carry-on size for toiletries. Purse and laptop roller for the plane. Oh, and don't forger your neck pillow!
What advice do you have for someone pursuing a similar career? Always be true to you. You have to have a passion for the job, willingness to grow, ability to compromise and love of new adventures!
When you are 50, what do you want to want to be able to say when you look back at this moment in your life? Dang, I had a fabulous life...and still do!
How do you define success? Being surrounded by people you not only call friends, but call family, who can make you smile at the simplest gestures.
Who has been your biggest influence, personally or professionally, and why? My mother. Having a passion for this job is in my blood. Her confidence and natural ability to handle any situation is admirable and why I am who I am today. My father for showing me what it means to be a hard worker and how to laugh and appreciate the finer things in life.
What hobbies do you enjoy in your spare time? Food and beverage (huge foodie), adventure activities ( hiking, zip line, biking) being on the water, seeing my friends and family.
Favorite ice cream flavor: Banana chocolate chip from Honey Hut.
Thank you, Katelyn!