they really enjoy bringing people together successfully, and seeing the interaction and enjoyment and learning and other things that happen as a result.
What advice would you give somebody who is just starting out in the meetings industry today?
You know, for 10 years I taught computer science at [Marlboro College], and [students] would get to graduation and say, what do I do? How do I get a job? What should I do next? And my advice is always the same: Figure out what it is you want to do and then go do it, and that is an integrative process.
I hope that my bizarre career path just shows the kinds of things that are possible. I've met so many people who have gotten into the meetings industry from so many different areas. And I think that core piece that I talked about earlier, about loving bringing people together, is the most important thing. If you have that, then you can employ your skills, whatever they are — technical skills, people skills, and so on — in whatever way is appropriate.