Our dreams often change as we go through life, as Stacey M. Woldt, CMP can attest. Her earliest goals were to be a marine biologist or an ambassador in the U.S. Foreign Service. Instead, her path led to her current role as Manager, Meetings & Education, North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA). Stacey’s primary responsibilities are “oversight of all meetings, seminars, webinars, and educational offerings in a small, efficient office of a trade association, and lots of VIP management (Executive Committee, board members, and committee chairs, vice chairs and volunteers). I am ‘Radar’ from M.A.S.H. for the association. And, I do still have a special Teddy Bear from childhood.”
“The most rewarding aspect of my job is the opportunity to work with the top executives and the best and the brightest minds from all over the U.S. and Canada (NAWLA’s constituents),” Stacey said. Her biggest challenges are “maintaining productivity and efficiency in a small association office and educating members on the best business decisions for the association and for the greater good."
To stay current, the organization has made changes in the Chief Staff Executive and the association’s overall strategic plan. NAWLA has also adopted a “new Association Management System that is dynamic to our website and established online registration for all events (huge change for the lumber- paper industry!),” Stacey noted. “Keeping things FRESH through CHANGE is rewarding.” NAWLA’s membership reacted positively to these changes, although “we do get the occasional request for a paper form to fax!”
Stacey has been a PCMA member “since 1998 when I lived and worked in Washington, D.C. From D.C. to Denver, Colorado and then back to Chicago, IL, PCMA Membership has been the common thread as I have pursued career opportunities in the U.S." She stays up-to-date by “watching what PCMA and ASAE are doing - attending as many of these associations’ events as possible. And, of course, reading Convene every month.” She counts all of her colleagues and business partners in the GMC PCMA Chapter as mentors.
“Join a committee and stay involved in your Chapter. It is the perfect platform for establishing your own professional network and for expanding your treasure chest of industry resources and partners,” the 2013 GMC Program Committee Chair encourages GMC members.
If Stacey weren’t in the meetings industry, we would probably find her “living in the Rocky Mountains and hiking as many peaks as possible (trekking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing). Or managing a Cat Café in Japan (no kidding - check it out!). People actually pay to visit cats and enjoy a latte in these cafes. In many parts of the world, having pets at home is a challenge. I am sympathetic to people in living situations where even a small pet is prohibited." http://www.nekorobi.jp/english/
To maintain work-life balance, she chooses “daily yoga (“Hot Yoga – yes, 110 degrees!, Vinyasa Flow”), acupuncture treatments for overall systemic balance, and a sense of humor. Also, I enjoy hanging upside-down for a few minutes each day to increase blood flow to my brain. It results in mental clarity. I am my cats’ human.”