2019: Strategic Business Development Director for Canada and EMEA, PCMA
2014: Convention Services Manager, Ottawa Tourism Ottawa, Canada
Have there been any big surprises in the first five years of your career?
Joining the PCMA family as a full-time employee has been the greatest surprise and honor of my career to date. I can’t say I’m surprised by the connections and opportunities I’ve received as a direct correlation to being part of the inaugural class, given the reputation and integrity behind the PCMA brand. However, I sincerely have been blown away. I am forever grateful to PCMA for not only believing in me, but for offering me access to the platforms, people, and opportunities that have helped shaped me both professionally and personally.
How did being part of the 20 in Their Twenties class help your career?
Doors have opened for me that I didn’t even know were there to be opened. Landing my current role as PCMA’s Business Development Director for Canada, based here in Ottawa, is a quite honestly a dream job for me. I am proud to represent PCMA and also be tasked with helping grow the Canadian market. When you believe in what you do, the brand you represent, and the people you work for and with – coupled with fulfilling work duties that are for the betterment and advancement of the country I am proud to call home – it makes for a very rewarding career and lifestyle.
If you could travel back through time to give the younger you one piece of advice, what would it be?
I would tell my younger self to make decisions and choices with reckless abandon, with zero backup plans. You have to go all in for a shot at staying all in. Shout out to [2019 Convening Leaders keynote speaker] Geena Davis for these epic words to live by.
Read Katie Dolan’s 2014 interview.