• Meet Sarah Ober, 2019 Up-and-Coming Special Events Planner

     
    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 SPECIAL EVENTS PLANNER
Sarah Ober

Events Coordinator; Children's Cancer Research Fund

"The ability to plan intentionally is critical. I need to plan in a way that sets our supporters up for generous giving, so every aspect of the event needs to contribute to their experience of our mission. From registration to the way their meal is plated, it all needs to be seamless in a way that won’t distract from the programming and storytelling that highlights our mission.”

Memorable career moment: “I was at CCRF’s annual radiothon at the Mall of America. ... After a day of fundraising we gathered in the rotunda to sing ‘Clouds’ by Zach Sobiech. I remember looking up at the 5,000- plus people singing and I get chills. It was such a beautiful moment to see all the people that came together to support our mission. It was a big moment for me in just realizing how important the work is that we do.”

“My secret weapon is my team. Really, it’s trusting my team that allows me to be successful. I’m lucky to work with people who are not only experts in their field, but are passionate about our mission and knowing I can trust them to fulfill their pieces means I can focus on my role. This honor is as much a reflection of their hard work as it is mine.”

On how she unwinds: “I love coming home and curling up with my dog to watch a show like ‘The Office’ or ‘Friends.’ ... I’m also a judge for the Minnesota State High School League Dance Team and I dance on an adult team. … It’s such a good stress reliever and I’ve become close to the people I dance with, so it’s a great way to see friends and a fun way to unwind.”

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