My Professional Portfolio
In 2013, I had the pleasure of co-coordinating a TEDx event for San Diego State. Along with the event planning, I also served as the Masters of Ceremonies for the overall event. TEDx took about six months to plan. We had eight speakers, over 120 attend the event, and a team of seven to manage. After experiencing the planning process in April 2013 I decided to tackle TEDxSDSU for 2014. I was elected to lead the team and worked on it from May 2013 to January 2014, when the event took place. The second time around I did it, my event generated around $4,200, which came from ticket sales and donations. From creating a website, to prepping speakers, to managing a team of nine, my experience with TEDxSDSU the second time around definitely involved a lot more pressure. I will always be grateful for my time with TED, as it taught me so much about leadership and what it takes to keep your cool during stressful times.
In June 2014 I was the event coordinator for the non-profit, teen entrepreneurship based event, the WIT (Whatever It Takes) Showcase. Man, that was a mouth-full! I worked for Sarah Hernholm, the President and creator of WIT, from February- June, and served as her go-to person for the planning of the event. I planned an event before but had not worked for a non-profit, so I was learning to work under someone, as well as work with a budget. I managed a team of two, who were responsible for marketing and donations. If I learned one major thing from planning this event, it would be to plan accordingly. You never know when someone is going to back out on you or if your donations might not come through. I ran into a few major roadblocks throughout this planning process and if I could go back and redo a few things, I probably would, but from now on all I can do is learn from those issues and be stronger and more prepared for my next endeavor!