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Event Planner Cornell University

Washington, DC
October 10, 2021

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Rosemary Clements

Washington, D.C.

202-***-**** •

Event Planner

VP, Conferences & Meetings


Exceptional leadership, business acumen, and artistic vision leveraged to deliver innovative conferences, seminars, and special events.

Accomplished program director, leveraging extraordinary skill set to deliver dynamic approaches to business opportunities and challenges focusing on communications, infrastructure, and people management. Offering superior communications skills, able to network, build strong business partnerships, and negotiate and manage event contracts; detail-oriented with proven success designing effective meetings, leading high performing teams, employing problem solving techniques, and managing multiple projects simultaneously.

Areas of Emphasis

Staff Leadership and Teambuilding

Logistics / Operations Management

Communications (Written / Oral)

Contract Management / Negotiation

Staff Training and Development

Risk Mitigation and Problem Solving

Planning & Organization

Relationship Building / Management

Cost Control / Budget Administration

Community Outreach and Engagement

Volunteer Relations / Coordination

Social Investment Strategy

Professional Experience

ESOP Association, Washington, DC

Moved through progressive roles, beginning tenure as a Receptionist into Full Publication orders, Meeting Coordinator, Meetings Manager, then Meetings Director and into current role as VP.

Vice President of Conferences & Meetings (2007 to Present)

Serve in an executive capacity overseeing meeting management initiatives and maintaining an annual conference budget of $2.5M. Conceptualize, manage, and execute refined event strategies and action plans that align with program strategy, culture, and organizational objectives. Build and maintain solid business relationships with vendors, in addition to negotiating and managing event contracts. Recruit, hire, and train event management staff, promoting exceptional customer service and effective communication to create successful events.

Selected Achievements:

Provide strategic oversight and management for functional business areas that enhance the attendee experience including program planning, on-site logistics, hotel/venue sourcing and effective meeting design.

Strategize with leadership within their respective regions to monitor progression towards goals and advance the corporate vision of expansion; maintain effective communication with C-level executives.

Integral to expanding program from 65 to 1700 attendees while growing the budget from $2K to $1.8M.

Planned and executed communication strategies, maintaining accurate and timely flow of information; developed branding guides and presentation materials, and created promotional materials.

Coordinate meetings and events, working cross functionally to manage logistics and ensure successful completion within time and budget constraints.

Developed a small trade show (45 booths) from inception to current operations.

Lead various adult continuing education certification programs including planning and executing communication strategies, communications flow, and branding guidelines.

Education and Credentials

Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations; Combination of Psychology & Sociology – Minor in Business

Trinity College, Washington, DC

Professional Affiliations:

Member, The American Society of Association Executives

Member, Meeting Planners International


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