Up until last September I had been working at a publishing company for a math curriculum for over 5 years and knew it wasn’t for me. I decided to make a change and have been on a learning curve/new journey ever since. I finished the Meeting & Event Planning Certification program at SDSU, on my second internship for meeting and events, on the AMA event committee as the Event Host Manager, on MPI board of directors as the Director of Education and also just started my own small catering/personal chef company, Sage Bleu Catering. I have a degree in Marketing from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and knew that I needed to start updating my knowledge again in the marketing field, that is how I ended up with the AMA.
Recently I went to Dallas and San Antonio and from walking around the two cities and the stores I would say that a brand that I love since a child is Lariat. I grew up around horses and it brings back the best memories just walking into a country western store. From their clothes, to boots, to their jewelry line, it all embodies the country western lifestyle and very strong hard working men and women.
A couple years ago I came across a TedEx talk from Brene Brown, I was instantly intrigued. I ordered the book Daring Greatly that day and read it twice. One of the quotes from that book, is “It’s worse to spend your life on the outside looking in, wondering what if, than it is to try and dare greatly and risk the chance of failure. Dare greatly; get in the arena and try.” Dr Brene Brown.
Who inspires you and why?
I am inspired by anyone that steps out of their comfort zone in any way possible. It could be the smallest thing to introducing yourself to someone new, to talking in front of a room when it isn’t really your thing, or trying new things. The more you can step out of your comfort zone, the more that you will grow personally and professionally.
What are you passionate about?
Two things come to mind when I think of this, first I absolutely love to cook but more I love to cook for others. I love to experiment with new foods and recipes and to make it my own. Another thing that I am very passionate about is being out on the water sailing any chance my boyfriend and I can. I currently live on a sail boat, and I have grown to just love the sport of sailing, being out on the water and realizing the world is so much more than just the same day in and day out routine that is so easy fall into.
How has the AMA helped you excel in your career?
I reached out to volunteer for the AMA early last fall, I really didn’t know what it would do for me or how it would help me but I would soon find out. Everyone at the committee meeting were so welcoming and inviting and I new right away that I had made a great decision. I have gained valuable experience with helping in the planning of events and have met some really great people along the way. It also was my very first catering job with my new venture, what more can I say about that!
What excites you most about SD AMA events?
I look forward to coming to the AMA events, the community is so welcoming to newbies and veterans. They try to do content that applies to not just the higher up VP’s but entry level and above. I look forward to what is to come with the AMA!