Meet Meghan Likes, 2019 Up-and-Coming Meeting Professional

  • Meet Meghan Likes, 2019 Up-and-Coming Meeting Professional

    Minnesota Meetings + Events is proud to introduce our 2019 Hall of Fame, made up of seven top-notch individuals who are positively impacting the meetings and events industry.

     
    POSTED April 29, 2019
     
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UP-AND-COMING MEETING PROFESSIONAL
Meghan Likes, CMP, HMCC

Senior Meeting Planner; CWT Meetings & Events

On CWT: “CWT has been on my radar since 2008. I was working for a nonprofit at the time and one of my board of directors was this amazing woman and she worked for CWT and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, if they hired this wonderful, smart person, I want to be around more of those people.’”

“My biggest challenge is just that there’s not enough hours in the day to connect with everyone I want to connect with, do everything that I want to do. … The account that I’m on, we’re working on between 75-100 meetings a year and just to keep up with all of those connections and those people is time consuming."

On work-life balance: “You need to learn your capacity. You need to find a manager that supports you and recognizes the amount of work that goes into meetings and events, and once you find them don’t let them go. My supervisors, my bosses, are fantastic women, they’ve been in the meetings and events industry for years so they totally understand the challenges and how to support me as an individual and as an employee.”

On how she unwinds: “I like to get outside and go for a big hike to either ramp myself up or wind myself down. It’s just peaceful and meditative and gets me in a clearer headspace.”

On her ability to improvise: “You can plan down to the last detail, but when you’re working with weather conditions or a hundred different humans or just the unpredictability of life, you need to have the skills to figure out a resolution to anything that pops up. I love going with the flow. Once you’re on-site and you just need to make things happen.”

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MNM+E’s annual readers’ choice awards brought 295 meeting and event professionals to the Lumber Exchange Event Center on April 24 to honor the 2019 award winners and Hall of Famers. Frank Maciel was the event’s emcee. Mall of America was the premier sponsor, and Discover St. Louis Park was the event’s Uber sponsor, giving attendees a credit to the ride-share app.

 

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