• Meet Lataya Williams, 2019 Up-and-Coming Supplier

     
    POSTED April 29, 2019
     

    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.

UP-AND-COMING SUPPLIER
Lataya Williams

Sales Coordinator; U.S. Bank Stadium – SMG

On getting into the industry: “I majored in public relations in college and I did competitive public speaking—I loved that adrenaline rush and I knew I wanted to be in front of and working with people in some way. ... When I interned with Meet Minneapolis I got to spend a lot of time at the Minneapolis Convention Center and that’s where I got to see the events world up close. Seeing that energy and people rushing from room to room or coming out for general session sparked that first idea that this could be a world I want to get into.”

“My biggest challenge has been getting through the busy season. It can mean a lot of long days, a lot of six-day weeks, which is exhausting but remembering my job is such an incredible opportunity gives me the stamina to push through.”

Memorable career moment: “When I joined ILEA, I decided to help with the Star Awards. At the event, Christie Altendorf began describing the Volunteer of the Year Award. She was describing what this person had done and it turns out she was describing me! It was such an unexpected honor that’s really stuck with me.”

On preparing to meet with clients: “I’m always gathering as much information as I can. I want to understand [my client’s] voice, how they promote themselves. Information is power and when I can come in with that information, I bring more confidence, making it easier to make those personal connections. Being in a peopledriven business, that’s crucial.”

On her future: “I love that there are so many possibilities and directions to go in this industry. In my current role I can already see so much growth for myself and I’m not sure where it will take me, but just knowing that excites me for what’s to come.”

For Andrea Mokros, Minneapolis-based public relations executive and independent event consultant, the last decade has been a whirlwind. From serving as special assistant to President Obama and director of strategic planning for then-first lady Michelle Obama, to welcoming newcomers to the Bold North as the vice president of communications and events for the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, Mokros shares the key takeaways that inspire her work today. 

 

Take note of these seven pros who are making their mark in the meetings and events industry. 

Jolene Ihle, Founder
IdeationMKT
Lifetime Achievement 

“I was 10 years old when I received my Muscular Dystrophy Carnival Kit in the mail. The box was filled with cool ideas and colorful materials to  support fundraising efforts. I was completely enthralled with the event planning process. … This experience was my jumpstart into events and I was hooked.”

 

Here's who has been crowned the winners and runners-up of the Minnesota Meetings + Events Best of 2020 readers' choice awards. Congratulations!  

Best Brewery/Cidery/Distillery/Winery with Event Space 
Surly Brewing Company