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Megan Sims

Major: Event Management



Company/Organization: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Company/Organization website: http://www.dmbotanicalgarden.com/
Destination: Des Moines/IA
Timeframe: Spring

Advisor/Coordinator Email: rmcclain@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
Supervise and lead Event and Venue Liaisons. Responsible for independently supervising an event from beginning to end including corresponding with clients, booking events, providing layouts and event logistics. Oversee and lead venue rentals for internal and external event clients, in collaboration with the Events and Venue Manager. Responsible for enforcing the facility rules and regulations and organizing audiovisual needs

I accomplished...
I started out as a liaison and in November was promoted to a full time position. I am most proud of the fact that over the past year of employment within this organization, I have worked over 170 various events, including events with the Governor of Iowa, State and Federal members of Congress and the Senate. I have also sold close to $40,000 in rentals. I am very proud of everything I have accomplished here.

I learned...
My greatest lesson is don't be afraid. Don't be afraid to ask for help or advice when you need it. Don't be afraid to answer the phone and talk with a client, and don't be afraid to make small talk with guests. By putting yourself out there and making it known that you are trying and attempting to grow, others around you will do whatever they can to help you. This place and these people have done any and everything they can to help me be as successful as I wanted. I just had to ask for help and advice and they were willing to do just that.

Advice for others...
Get ready to work! Events are hard sometimes, and you need to be ready for days full of hard work, but a lot of fun as well. This place is great for learning the industry. They will give you any chance you want. Be exceptional and go above and beyond. They take notice to someone who is great is willing to put in the work.

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