• Meet Rebekah Nelson

    POSTED October 19, 2016

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Rebekah Nelson has recently been hired as an event coordinator at the McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as the event coordinator at McNamara Alumni Center?

I’m looking forward to building relationships with clients and working with them to ensure that each event at McNamara is successful. There is so much satisfaction that comes with the conclusion of a well-prepared and organized event, especially knowing that you were a part of the planning process.

2. How do you think your past industry experience has prepared you for this role?

Throughout my college career, I worked for the conference and events services department as one of their student event managers. From yoga workshops to wedding receptions and everything in between, I experienced a variety of events that helped me to prepare for the unknown. Whether it was a stressed out mother of the bride or a relaxed athletic director, I gained a vast amount of knowledge about how to connect with clients and meet them where they are at. Other past experiences, such as interning for The Wedding Guys, The American Heart Association and Best Buy Corporate, have also prepared me for the event coordinator role through the variety of each industry’s objectives.  

3. What goals do you have in mind for the alumni center for this year and further down the line?

To continue to go above and beyond for each event that takes place at McNamara. I want every person who walks through our building to be wowed with the service we provide and to leave with only positive thoughts about who we are and what we do for every event.

4. How did you get into the industry?

As I mentioned earlier, I was fortunate enough to gain a lot of experience through different internship opportunities throughout my college career. After I began working as a student events manager, I fell in love with the events industry and knew I wanted to focus my career around it. I also had a feeling that the events industry was the one for me when I would color-code all of my planners to make sure I was organized and wouldn’t forget any day-to-day details.

5. What do you enjoy most about McNamara?

There are so many things that I enjoy about McNamara, but something that stands out to me is how well our team works together. My colleagues recognize that there are times when I might be burnt out from a busy week and offer to help in any way that they can. Instead of competing with each other to see who can plan an event the best, we really make it a team effort. We help one other so that each event is flawless and the client leaves feeling extremely satisfied—and I love that.

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