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

     
    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 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.”

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