Maddie McDonnell

Major: Event Management
Company/Organization: Iowa State Alumni Association
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Destination: Ames, Iowa
Timeframe: Spring
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Planned and oversaw 6 public, university and student organization events from start to finish Responsible for client contact before/during event Responsible for drafting banquet event orders, agreements, diagrams and invoices Responsible for both event and catering invoices Managed and delegated tasks to an events staff of 10 Supervised event setup and teardown including room setup, audio visual and other equipment Wrote numerous posts for the ISUAA Blog Assisted in marketing promotions


One of my favorite events that I helped plan was Senior Send-Off. The event took a lot of planning as it was sponsored by the university, so it needed to be perfect! This event differed greatly from the other events I had planned, it included alcohol, games, music and big giveaways! The event went over very well, there was a large turnout and everyone in attendance had a blast. Jeff Johnson, president & CEO of the Alumni Association, even congratulated me on a job well done with. It was a night I'll never forget!

What advice would you give?

Get into the hospitality and guest services industry as soon as you can, even if you're working as a server at a restaurant! Knowing how to interact with and talk to guests and clients will give you a leg up.

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