Well connected and experienced Tucson creative pursuing her passions in everything Events and Marketing related.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up in New Canaan, Connecticut but I have been in AZ for the last 10 years, which is wild, I’m fucking old. I moved to Tucson to go to U of A after graduating high school in 2009.
Q: Where did your story start?
A: I went to EDC Vegas when I was 21 years old and literally have always been obsessed with events. I knew that I wanted to bring cool experiences to people and be a part of something that would be an amazing experience for people, which is why I wanted to get into events. The event world is very hard, it’s not a 9-5, it’s a 9-5+. Trends come and go, right? So it’s a very fast paced, late night gig. Bringing positive events to communities is just something I’m trying to be a part of in anyway.
Q: What degree did you graduate from U of A with in 2013? How did you pick it?
A: I got a General Studies Bachelor Degree which allowed me to focus on 3 majors; journalism, communications and business. I started as a Communications Major but after learning about this degree I figured it would be beneficial to my career if I was able to take more of a variety of classes that were outside of the Communications Major.
Q: What did you do after graduating?
A: I was broke so I moved home to Connecticut and started working in New York City for a private events company and a retail brand that had just launched called Johnnie-O. After 10 months of grinding in the city, I decided to move back to Tucson because I missed the desert. When I got back to Tucson, I started working as the Marketing & Events Coordinator at Hotel Congress. I was recommended for the position by a friend. I helped plan and create new events and market all aspects of the hotel (Cup Cafe, banquets at Copper Hall, music events, the bar scene, and Maynards Market & Kitchen)
Q: After some time in Tucson you moved to Phoenix, what brought you there?
A: After a couple years at Congress, I was ready to get out of Tucson for a second and try something different. I applied to a commercial real estate company job on Linkedin, got the job and moved to Phoenix like a week later.
Q: How long did you live in Phoenix?
A: 4 years
Q: You ended up moving into the position of Marketing & Events Coordinator for CityScape Phoenix, tell me about that job?
A: The commercial real estate company that I worked at when I initially moved there owned a building in downtown (That is CityScape) so from working in downtown for the development company I was able to connect with the city. I feel like that job was really able to help me understand how a city works with a developer and how to connect with the community through events.
Q: What was a typical day on the job?
A: Everyday differed, everything from planning major events (like an outdoor ice skating rink) to helping people find their wallet on property. And just crazy shit, haha.
Q: Favorite Event you coordinated with CityScape?
A: CitySkate was my favorite event, it’s an outdoor ice-skating rink in the middle of downtown Phoenix that happens for 8 weeks and it’s nationally recognized as one of the top outdoor ice rinks in America. Everything from planning the install to the grand opening to activating it with events throughout the season was the best!
Q: What does activating mean?
A: I would coordinate a hockey camp with the Arizona Coyotes. Activating the rink when it wasn’t just community hours with other stuff. Big brands like Revlon, Glossier, Blue Bunny, Metro PCS and Carvana wanted to have pop up events during the Ice Rink season and I would help coordinate and manage their ideas.
Q: Biggest struggles of event coordination?
A: Every event, something is going to come up, and you just have to learn how to adapt with the mishaps and the fires that happen. I learned that events can be controlled chaos, so you just have to learn to adapt to everything.
Q: When did you start working at Cloth & Flame
A: I got connected with Cloth & Flame during my time at CityScape in Phx because their offices were right across the street. My boss at Cityscape connected with them and we were able to plan their first outdoor event in the middle of downtown Phoenix. They are so fun to work with!
Q: Do you still work with Cloth and Flame now that you’re in Tucson?
A: I will contract with them here and there because I love what they’re doing and believe in their business and what they’re trying to provide to the community. I’ve been able to work full circle with them from coordinating to the event to actually working the event to see all aspects.
Q: Advice for anyone interested in this industry?
A: I would say get to know as many people as you can, stay connected, always try and volunteer or get involved with big events, small events, or anything you can try to experience because that experience will help so you know how an event runs.
Q: You moved back to Tucson because you missed it so much (duh) and are now the Area Development Director at Special Olympics Arizona, Inc.?
A: I got this job through the event scene. I worked an event with them up in Phoenix. It was an event called “Over the Edge” where they repelled off the building I worked in. I helped get the property ready for their event to come onto the property. They offered me a gig in Tucson when they knew I was leaving Phoenix and I pretty much plan events for them down in Tucson and I’ve just learned a lot about people with intellectual disabilities, inclusion and community and how important that is.
Q: Tucson or Phoenix?
A: Tucson. All the way.
A: Cuz. It’s just not as big as Phoenix, it feels like there’s so many small communities in Phoenix but with Tucson it just feels like all those small communities here come together as one large one to collab. and support.
Q: Do you plan on staying in Tucson?
A: I plan on staying here because love seeing the community develop. It’s just developed so much within the past 10 years that I’ve been around. I love the desert, I love the chillness of southern AZ and I love the people here.
Q: Where else would you live?
A: I would probably move back to Connecticut to be with my family. It’s so hard being so far away because they’re all there and have no intention of moving out here.
Q: If people need help with _______ they should come to you?
A: I love brainstorming to support peoples ideas, because I’m finding the older I get I’m not a leader I’m really good at being a support role for people who have awesome ideas and helping them be able accomplish goals or help their idea come to life. I’m all about that.
Q: What are your dreams?
A: I just want to live a healthy life and be able to make a positive impact on my community.
Q: When did you start riding motorcycles?
A: I started riding in February of 2018. Honestly, riding on the back of Tyler's bike inspired me to actually want to ride a bike. I took a motorcycle course for a couple of days and felt comfortable being able to ride on my own, and it’s like the cheapest form of therapy - it’s amazing.
Q: Do you need your own bike to take the course?
A: They provided bikes for us in the course I took. We had a female instructor and I was the only female in the class. I felt empowered. I definitely recommend it to everyone and anyone. It was called Team Motorcycles in Gilbert. It was for 2 days, 8 hours a day.
Q: What bike do you have?
A: I have a 1981 Honda CM400 and a 1975 Kawasaki Enduro, it’s a small bike but it’s cool. If you wanna buy it I’m selling it!
Q: Why did you pick those bikes?
A: The Honda came from a chick so I kinda learned from her how to take care of the bike, it was kinda passing it on from chick to chick was cool. I bought the little enduro because my friend was getting rid of it and it was hella' cheap
Q: What were the struggles you dealt with your bike?
A: Right now my Honda is in the shop because I need new carbs, they are leaking gasoline and I don’t know how to fix it. With the Kawasaki, the bike hadn’t ran for 2 years, so I had to Youtube how to stifin gas and clean the carbs and charge the battery for it to run.
Q: A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
A: He is carrying a tray of tequila shots and says, “who wants?”